Two weeks today the Enterprise Search Europe conference will be starting at the Hilton Olympia Hotel, London.  Launching a new conference in the middle of a difficult economic situation could have been a challenge but we had excellent support from our sponsors right from the start. The result of their support and an excellent programme of speakers is that already there will be around 100 people in the room, so you will not be short of networking opportunities. Plans have now been finalised for the Enterprise Meet-Up event on the evening of Monday 24 October, which will take place in a venue only about 5 minutes from the hotel.  Charlie Hull and Tyler Tate, the Meet-Up organisers, have developed a rather neat way of getting the discussions going. A sort of ‘Musical Chairs’ approach that I’m sure you will enjoy talking part in.

We’ve had a few changes to the programme, but only in terms of one speaker replacing another from the same organisation. David Thomas, from The National Archives, is unable to be present, and his paper will be given by Tim Gollins, Head of Digital Preservation at The National Archives.  If you have to deal with a very messy range of file types there will be much to learn from Tim’s paper. Adriaan Bloem is also not able to come, and his place is being taken by Alan Plez-Sharpe, also from The Real Story Group. Alan is flying in from the USA to be present, and is an outstanding analyst of the enterprise content/search market. He has been closely following the Autonomy/HP situation. I’m sure that this deal will be one of the talking points at the conference. Alan joins Mike Davis (Ovum Group) and Nicholas Patience (The 451 Group) as a triumvirate of world-class industry analysts participating in the conference.

Book today before we run out of room!

Martin White