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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA EXPO 2005 Announces Premier Technology Keynote Address
Research Triangle Park, NC (2 June 2005)—Jeff Harrow, Principal at The Harrow Group, will deliver a keynote address entitled Technology and You: We’re in for an Awesome Ride on Wednesday, 26 October at ISA EXPO 2005 in Chicago, Illinois.
As an expert in the exponential growth of technologies and their applications, Harrow’s keynote will focus on the extraordinary new capabilities and markets for both business and consumers. He will explore the effects of this trend of growth on our knowledge, as well as explore the synergistic melding of previously separate technologies.
Harrow will provide insight into the future direction of technologies and innovation. "In this environment, perhaps the one certainty is that those individuals and companies who understand, appreciate and embrace these ongoing developments will have a competitive advantage over their ‘head in the sand’ competitors," Harrow commented.
As the author and editor of the Web-based multimedia technology journal, The Harrow Technology Report, originally known as Rapidly Changing Face of Computing, Harrow has shared his fascination with technology, and his sense of wonder at the innovations and trends of contemporary computing and the technologies that drive them, with people across the globe for more than eighteen years.
Harrow was chief technologist for the Corporate Strategy Groups of both Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. He began his IT career at a large aerospace company where he designed and implemented the first color-graphic Executive Information System, and then led the transition from a batch-oriented mainframe administrative computing environment to a 1,000+ terminal interactive distributed computing environment. He joined Digital to implement the first Network Planning and Installation business in the Southern Region, and later moved into the Services organization to work on network and network management products and services.
Harrow invented and implemented the first iconic network management prototype for DECnet networks, and he now works with numerous businesses and industry groups to help them better understand the strategic implications of our contemporary and future computing environments.
Harrow is a Board Member of the Technology Advisory Board of "The Institute for the Study of Accelerating Change."
He is the co-author of a book, "The Disappearance of Telecommunications," published by IEEE Press. Harrow's writings on technology are carried in numerous electronic and traditional media around the globe, and he has been featured in newspaper, magazine, and online outlets including: Future Brief Magazine, NanoNews-Now, Nanotechnology Now, Discover Magazine, NetworkWorld Fusion, NanoMagazine, and Fast Company Magazine. He has also been interviewed on technology futures for TV programs, such as the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," and has been a judge for Disney's Discover Magazine "Innovation Awards."
Harrow has numerous patents issued and on file in the areas of network management and user interface technology, and he is a commercial pilot. He brings these and other technological interests together to help people "look beyond the comfortable and obvious," so that they don't become road-kill by the side of the Information Highway.
About ISA EXPO 2005
ISA EXPO 2005 is sponsored by ISA. ISA EXPO, North America’s number one event for automation and control professionals is scheduled for 25-27 October at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois. With practitioners from over 70 countries, ISA EXPO features the largest and most comprehensive products and services exhibition, a cutting-edge technical conference, and an exceptional continuing education and training program. For more information about ISA EXPO 2005 or to register, go to www.isa.org/isaexpo2005 or call 919-549-8411.
EDITORS NOTE: Journalists and analysts are encouraged to attend ISA EXPO 2005 on a complimentary basis. To register for your press pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, contact information and publication.
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Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
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