Subject: Chicago Computer Guide This Week
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 02:04:28 -0500
Chicago Computer Guide This Week
For October 13-19, 2001

I.    This Week's Calendar of Events
II.   For Hayt School, Wireless is Elementary
III.  Anonymity Online
IV.   Chicago Computer Company News
V.    Chicago Computer Dealers

==============Special Event=====================

BusinessWeek presents:
Rethinking the Internet Live: Chicago
October 18-19, 2001
The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
BusinessWeek's Rethinking the Internet conference will 
examine the firms that are successfully using the Internet to 
change business processes; measuring their costs against 
returns, and managing their corporations through the downturn. 
Join BusinessWeek and your peers as we explore how 
forward-thinking enterprises can initiate new business practices, 
fund them, measure their returns, and assess their impact on 
productivity across the organization, despite an uncertain 
economic climate.

Confirmed speakers include:

Ross Bott, Venture Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Ann Cairns, Vice President, Global e-Solutions Head, 
Citibank e-Business
Barbara A. Claitman, e-Business Director, Commercial 
Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Sam Colella, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Tim Geiken, Vice President, Electronic Commerce, Corporate 
Marketing, United Parcel Service
Mark T. Hogan, President, e-GM; Group Vice President, 
General Motors Corporation
Shafiq Khan, Vice President, eCommerce, Marriott International, Inc.
Edward Muñoz, President and CEO, Ticona
Michael J. Rowen, President, e-Commerce, Capital One 
Financial Corporation

For program details or to register, visit our website at, 
e-mail at or 
call (212) 512-2184.


I. This Week's Chicago Computer Events**

Event:  Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) Benefit for 
of Terrorism 
Date: October 8, 2001
Place: Harry Caray's, 33 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL. 
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM 
Information: Contact Jason Dananay at 312-329-3984 or 
The AIP, along with many other local Chicago organizations, is 
sponsoring an after work benefit to raise funds for the Red Cross. 
Attendees will be able to network with others in Chicago’s tech 
scene while enjoying discount drink specials with a minimum $10 
donation at the door. The AIP will donate 100 percent of the 
proceeds to the Red Cross in their effort to help those left in need 
by the tragic events that occurred on September 11. If you are 
unable to attend the benefit at Harry Caray’s on October 8, you 
can make a donation on the AIP web site located at 

Event: Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference**
and Exhibit, 
Date: October 9-12
Place: McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Information: Targeted for EDI professionals working in 
the eBusiness arena, ECWorld 2001 features 60 
educational sessions, six tracks, workshops, roundtables, 
and exhibit hall sessions. 
All sessions are led by speakers and panels comprised of 
acknowledged industry experts, among them Keynoters Jim
Ryan of and John Sculley of Sculley Brothers 
LLC. This year's program includes a strong on focus on 
advances and strategies in supply chain and procurement. 
View the complete educational line up online at or call Ian Roure at 
212.631.9732 today!

Event Name/Topic: Microsoft's Mobile Information 2001 Server
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Event Sponsor: Geneer
Event Type: Midwest Wireless Application Developers SIG
Time: 6 to 8:30 PM
Location: Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago
Price: Free with complimentary beverages and snacks
RSVP: Register at:
Contact email:
Contact Phone: 847-294-0300
Microsoft's Technology Specialist, Jim Kehoe, gives tips and 
tools on Microsoft's Mobile Information 2001 Server
The Mobile Information 2001 Server is the application server 
that extends the reach of Microsoft .NET Enterprise applications, 
enterprise data, and Intranet content into the realm of the mobile 
user. It brings the power of the corporate Intranet to the latest 
generation of mobile devices, allowing users to secure, real-time 
access to their e-mail, contacts, calendar, tasks, or any Intranet 
line-of-business application. Topics covered by Jim in this 
technical meeting include:

·  Definition of versions, Enterprise and Carrier.
·  Configuration information on client software.
·  Deployment best practices.

**Courtesy of


II. For Hayt School, Wireless is Elementary
Edited By Scott Brown
How can schools more effectively incorporate the Internet and 
computers into the curriculum? Find out how one local school is
tackling the problem at, 
to read more.

III.  Anonymity Online
By ©Larry M. Zanger and Andrew P. Soderna, all rights reserved.

The open nature of the Internet also allows users to shield 
themselves and act anonymously. Unscrupulous individuals 
can perform a wide range of annoying and often damaging 
activities without revealing their identities. Unfortunately, the 
same technology that can violate a person's privacy can 
shield perpetrators from detection.
See how far anonymity goes at for more.

IV. Chicago Computer Company News

Chicago Technology Community Launches Initiative To 
Support Disaster Relief Efforts

    Chicago, IL --  A group of Chicago’s technology leaders 
and civic organizations, offering its support to victims of 
last week’s terrorist attacks, have announced the launch 
of Chicago Technology Cares, a charitable initiative uniting 
Chicago’s technology community to raise funds for 
emergency relief efforts.  
    Chicago Technology Cares is being organized by First Tuesday, 
CCC Information Services Inc., The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial 
Center, The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, The Illinois 
Coalition, Ketchum/Corporate Technology Communications and 
Lante Corporation. It will accept donations from organizations and 
individuals with all proceeds going to the Chicago Remembers Fund,
established by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Bank One and the 
City of Chicago to provide disaster relief after last week’s tragedies.  
   "Chicago’s technology community has proven that when we come 
together we are capable of great things," said David Jacobson, 
Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and First Tuesday
organizer in Chicago.  "By establishing Chicago Technology 
Cares, we have an opportunity to significantly impact and 
support our nation’s recovery efforts".
     The Chicago Remembers Fund was established to help the 
relief effort in New York and Washington, D.C. The City of 
Chicago will work with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and 
Pentagon officials to determine how best to distribute the money. 
    "Not unlike others, members of Chicago’s technology community 
are looking for ways to assist the victims of last week’s tragedy,"
said Paul Rand, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Ketchum/Corporate Technology Communications.  "Through 
Chicago Technology Cares, the technology community is unified 
in its resolve to lend its support." 
    "As one of Chicago's largest technology companies, we are happy 
to lend our support to Chicago Technology Cares and encourage 
other companies to do likewise," said Githesh Ramamurthy,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CCC Information Services Inc.  
     "On behalf of all of us at CCC, we believe this initiative 
provides an 
excellent opportunity to demonstrate the heartfelt care and concern
from Chicago's technology community."
       Individuals and companies interested in making contributions 
visit or send checks, payable to: 
Chicago Remembers Fund, c/o First Tuesday, 8000 Sears Tower, 
Chicago, IL 60606. 


Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC) and Centrifusion Announce 
Launch Of Redesigned Website 

CHICAGO, IL /PRNewswire/ -- Centrifusion, Inc., an e-business 
and integration firm, announced a new incarnation of the Web presence 
for Chicago Abused Women Coalition, a non-profit organization assisting 
victims of domestic violence. 
"Chicago Abused Women Coalition is a heroic and necessary 
said Michael Pflieger, president and co-founder of Centrifusion.  "An 
enhanced website matches the increasing growth and importance of 
its operations." 
CAWC opened in 1977 as Chicago's first domestic violence prevention 
and assistance program.  Its current programs include the Greenhouse 
Shelter, Chicago's first safe refuge for battered women and their 
the Hospital Crisis Intervention Program at Cook County Hospital; the 
Humboldt Park Outreach Program; the Haymarket Center Domestic 
Violence Program; and the West Side Domestic Abuse Program. 
The new website, designed and developed on a pro bono basis by 
Centrifusion, provides information on CAWC's services, as well as the 
agency's many fund-raising events, volunteer and employment 
opportunities, and a "wish list" of preferred donations. 
Centrifusion upgraded the CAWC site by implementing the same top-tier 
technologies used by leading global companies.  The site's visual 
appearance, information architecture, and navigational structure were 
redesigned to accommodate the agency's expanded offerings in an 
inviting and user-friendly manner.  A java-based platform now serves as 
the secure foundation of the site.  Plans for future versions of the 
include implementation of a content management system by which 
CAWC staff could independently create, edit, and manage content 
on the site. 
"CAWC is truly grateful for the ongoing support of Centrifusion," said 
Olga Becker, executive director for CAWC.  "Since they established 
our website three years ago, we have been able to serve women and 
children victims of domestic violence locally, nationally, and 
The enhancements added to our new website will aid us in increasing our 
outreach, thereby furthering our mission to end domestic violence." 
More detailed information on Chicago Abused Women Coalition can be 
found on the newly-designed website, . 

*************************************************************************************** Completes Global Sales Deployment Of Siebel eBusiness 

        CHICAGO, IL -- At Siebel Worldwide User Week, IBM announced 
that it has completed the rollout of Siebel eBusiness Applications to 
26 customer centers around the world. When fully deployed, in 
all IBM lines of business, the system will allow hundreds of thousands 
IBM employees, Business Partners, and customers to share crucial 
        At the same time IBM announced support for and plans to upgrade 
to Siebel 7. 
        To find the right solution, IBM evaluated the leading Customer 
Relationship Management companies along with a list of more than 
1,100 business capabilities and 400 architectural criteria. Siebel 
eBusiness Applications were selected based on their out-of-the box 
functionality and inherent flexibility. This allowed the project team 
adopt an open standards-based, reusable architecture and an 
integrated methodology that is based on IBM's middleware, including 
DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere e-business infrastructure software, 
and MQSeries messaging software. 
        Using these open solutions IBM has already migrated more than 
million records from its enterprise databases into Siebel 
Applications and IBM DB2, running on IBM eServer pSeries with 
Storage Server, code-named Shark. This scalable configuration provides 
large bandwidth to support high transaction volumes and capacity on 
        "We were looking for something that would be easily adaptable 
to our 
business without a lot of modification. When you bring a new 
application to 
a company this size, you don't want to spend a lot of time customizing 
software. Siebel eBusiness Applications give us the flexibility and the 
functionality we 
need right out-of-the-box," said Kathy Butler, vice president, IBM 
Sales Operations and Customer Collaboration. 
        IBM Global Services, the world's largest technology consulting 
and a Siebel Global Alliance partner, with the largest number of 
Siebel consultants, is leading the systems integration work. As a 
result of 
this work IBM has developed advanced tools and methodologies to help 
customers accelerate their CRM deployments. 
        Once fully installed, IBM sales and support representatives, no 
matter where in the world they are located, will all be able to access 
standardized user-interface providing access to common information. 
        Currently, IBM call centers are being linked with business 
so that sales leads can be easily exchanged. Next, the system will be 
extended to the IBM field sales force. This will allow sales personnel 
IBM Global Services consultants to review a customer's complete account 
history and determine potential product and services requirements 
making a sales call. 
        IBM is planning to upgrade to Siebel 7 in mid 2002. 
        In addition IBM and Siebel Systems are announcing that Siebel 
Handheld 7 for PalmOS, a new Siebel Systems offering, is built on 
DB2 Everyplace, IBM's relational database for mobile and embedded 
devices. DB2 Everyplace will be the basis for Siebel Handheld. 
        "The combination of Siebel 7 for DB2 and the IBM eServer 
provide our customers with the industry's most scalable eBusiness 
said David Schmaier, executive vice president, Siebel Systems. "IBM's 
cooperation and technology assistance during development and testing 
instrumental for Siebel 7 to once again raise the industry standards 
functionality, performance and customer satisfaction. 
        Siebel 7 also tightly integrates with the IBM WebSphere 
infrastructure software, including VisualAge development tools, 
messaging software, and the WebSphere Application Server. 
        IBM WebSphere combined with Siebel 7 provides a highly flexible 
infrastructure to support interoperability between a customer's front 
office, back office and legacy systems, and extends the Siebel 
eBusiness Applications to the J2EE world. 
        Siebel eBusiness Applications are available for the entire line 
IBM eServer systems. Siebel Systems and IBM operate an International 
Competency Center in San Mateo, California where the two companies 
work together and with customers to ensure that their joint solutions 
the industry in performance, reliability, ease of use, scalability and 
IBM and Siebel Systems have also collaborated to perform numerous 
customer and product benchmarks at IBM's hardware and software 
around the globe. In fact, Siebel Systems has chosen IBM eServer to run 
own critical business functions, including internal deployment of 
eBusiness Applications  to more than 8,000 Siebel Systems employees. 

Centerpost Closes $12.5 Million In New Financing 

     CHICAGO, IL - Centerpost Corporation, the provider of 
electronic messaging services, has announced that it has closed $12.5 
million in a third round of financing from new and existing investors. 
Financing was provided by existing backers Motorola, Draper Fisher 
Jurvetson, and Portage Venture Partners as well as by new investors 
Tribune Ventures, the strategic investing arm of the Tribune Company, 
and Keystone Venture Capital. 
    The additional funding comes on the heels of recently announced 
agreements with United Airlines and to provide both 
the airline and online travel industries with the most innovative and 
comprehensive travel alert service available today. 
    Centerpost’s XML-based SmartDeliverySM service enables 
companies effortlessly and cost effectively to deliver all types of 
information to their customers, from urgent alerts to less 
information. With SmartDelivery, companies provide their customers 
the flexibility to specify exactly what information they want to 
and on which wired or wireless communication devices they want to 
receive it ­ phone, e-mail, pager, fax or personal digital assistant 
SmartDelivery offers a host of cutting-edge features, including message 
tracking, message storage and 'any device' two-way messaging 
that clearly sets it apart in the market. 
    "This funding round is further validation of Centerpost’s unique 
for electronic messaging," said Juergen Stark, co-founder and CEO of 
"In these challenging market conditions, having a strong consortium of 
investors is a testament to the strength of our product offering, as 
well as a 
major competitive advantage. Centerpost has the technology, capital, 
management team, and strategic partnerships to lead the market."


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