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EEMA - the independent, non-profit European association for the furtherance of e-Business across Europe – has chosen to return to Prague after 10 years, to host its 16th annual conference (EEMA 2003) between June 16-18 2003.

The conference will be opened by Vladimir Mlynar, the Minister of Informatics, who took up the newly-created post within the Ministry of Informatics at the beginning of this year.

Mr Mlynar, who states his three objectives as promoting e-Government, advancing e-Literacy and supporting e-Commerce, will be outlining his plans for the Czech republic, and for the new ministry, which replaces the previous Office for Public Information Systems.

The radical reforms and opening up of the economy over the past ten years have culminated in fifteen Czech companies being listed in Deloitte & Touche’s FAST 50 survey of technology companies in the Central European region, which is one of EEMA’s reasons for returning to the area.

“EEMA last held a conference in the Czech republic ten years ago, when the e-Business environment was in its infancy” said Steve Glagow, EEMA board member and events committee chair. “With a state-owned telecommunications network awaiting an overhaul by the government, a planned ten year goal to install an extra 5 million lines in the country, and no cellular or data communication network, Eastern Europe was quite a way behind its western counterparts” he continued. “We are delighted to return to a part of Europe that has developed beyond recognition, with EEMA 2003 being the perfect setting for organisations throughout Europe to compare ideas and learn from each other in their respective areas of e-Business”.

Following an opening speech by Vladimir Mlynar, and a keynote address from the European Commission’s Mr Erkii Liikanen, the conference will concentrate on the management and compatibility of web services - an area which, EEMA claims, should be of benefit to all parties involved in any aspect of e-Business. The technical and business issues will be addressed in separate tracks.

Day one of the conference will feature an introduction to the topic, with days two and three looking at management and compatibility issues and analysing the real impact of the industry protocols, SOAP (simple object access protocol), WSDL (web services description language), and the role of UDDI (universal description, discovery and integration) by questioning the parties involved.

The conference will also address - through panel discussions, case studies and presentations - issues such as security and authentication, return on investment, the role of the directory, transaction analysis, load balancing, competing development tools, process management techniques and the legal issues involved.

The business and technical tracks will ensure that delegates are addressed according to their area and level of interest.

The gold sponsor for EEMA 2003 is Hewlett-Packard, with the technical track sponsored by UTI Systems.

EEMA’s interest groups will also meet during the conference, allowing EEMA members to find out about the many projects, papers and reports available from the association within the areas of security, e-Government, identity services, wireless, legal and e-Commerce together with issues relating specifically to user organisations.

For more information about EEMA 2003, please visit Delegates attending from Eastern European countries will receive subsidised rates. Please contact EEMA for more information.

Press Contacts

Ruth Cattell

tel +44 1384 374008

Czech Ministry of Informatics


Mr Pavel Kolar

About EEMA

EEMA, founded in 1987, is the leading independent, European non-profit e-Business association, pushing forward the boundaries of e-commerce, technology and legislation.
Its numerous interest groups, workshops, conferences and seminars each specialise in areas of current concern, to educate and inform its member companies on latest developments and technologies, whilst at the same time enabling members of the association to compare views and ideas.
Working closely with governmental bodies, standards organisations and e-Business initiatives throughout Europe, EEMA is an instrumental force in moving European business towards working electronically.

Visit or contact EEMA at or +44 1386 793028.

About Web Services

Web Services technology enables existing programmes written in different languages to talk to each other over the internet, providing an interface to link companies, suppliers, partner networks and supply chains. For example, Web Services might be used to link a logistics company’s freight scheduling system, transportation management system and supply chain application. Prior to web services, this would have been a time-consuming costly, complicated job, involving elaborate coding and reference to over 50 standards to ensure interoperability.
The under-pinning technologies of SOAP, WSDL and UDDI have been developed to act as the back-bone to Web Services.

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