Digital Planet Sponsor Info

About the Sponsors of
Digital Planet: The Global Information Economy

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of 32 information technology (IT) industry associations from economies around the world. As the global voice of the IT industry, WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; strengthening WITSA's national industry associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information; providing members with a vast network of contacts in nearly every geographic region of the world; and hosting the World Congress on IT, the only industry sponsored global IT event. Founded in 1978 and originally known as the World Computing Services Industry Association, WITSA has increasingly assumed an active advocacy role in international public policy issues affecting the creation of a robust global information infrastructure.

The Nasdaq Stock Market is the fastest growing stock market in the United States and the world's first and largest electronic market. It is among the world's best regulated stock markets, employing the industry's most sophisticated surveillance systems and regulatory specialists to ensure investor protection and a fair and competitive trading environment. With a market capitalization of two trillion dollars, share volume that averages 775 million shares a day from investors around the globe, Nasdaq is home to nearly 5,300 companies-engines of growth like Microsoft, Intel, MCI WorldCom, and Amgen. Nasdaq is a subsidiary of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASDŽ), the largest securities industry self-regulatory organization in the United States.

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) increases the Commonwealth's economic competitiveness and quality of life by advancing the development of Virginia as a technology state and by creating and retaining technology-based jobs and business.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County, Virginia, a premier technology business community, as a global location for technology businesses.

Japan Information Services Industry Association (JISA) comprises leading software developers, information processing and database/VAN service suppliers. Its mission is to attain sound and steady growth of the information service industry through the promotion of the development of information system technology and consolidation of infrastructure for computerization, and to contribute to the economic and social development of Japan through the promotion of computerization.

European IT Software and Services Association federates the majority of the national professional associations representing the software, system integration and computing services industries of Western, Central and Eastern Europe. EISA is supported by 16 Europeans associations representing 1585 companies of all sizes, employing 600 000 people and generating revenues of 50 billions of euros (55 billions of US dollars). Robert GUILLAUMOT, Chairman and CEO of INFORAMA, Chairman of the international Committee of Syntec-Informatique (France), is the present Chairman of EISA.

International Data Corporation (IDC) provides IT market research and consulting to the world's leading ICT suppliers and financial institutions as well as IT professionals. With a global network of 500 analysts in more than 40 countries, IDC is the industry's most comprehensive resource on worldwide ICT markets, products, vendors, and geographies.

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