With just one week to go before Computer Faire 2008 kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre, organisers and exhibitors are hard at work to make sure it's a world-class show to remember.
More than 120 exhibitors will show off a range of products and technologies, from printers and scanners to PCs, notebooks and enterprise-level application software.
"Computer Faire is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we're putting on a show that visitors will remember for the next 30 years," says organiser Linda Kruger.
A number of events will run alongside the exhibition, highlighting its position as the industry showcase.
The Computer Faire Conference has been outsourced to the Computer Society of South Africa. This will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre simultaneously with Computer Faire.
The conference highlights two subjects that IT departments are increasingly concerned about: increasing the effectiveness of their IT solutions; and ensuring they attract and retain the right skills.
Top level speakers will address issues ranging from innovation in IT implementation and growing the South African IT sector to how the network impacts on people and maximising an investment in human capital.
In the interest of helping South Africans to address the acute skills shortage, SVT is running a series of free seminars at Computer Faire.
The seminars, to be conducted by recognised international experts, will help delegates to understand topical subjects like voice over IP (VoIP), wireless broadband, IPTV, VOD, data retention, fixed/mobile convergence, media convergence and security.
In addition, resellers will find the CRN Reseller Summit of interest. To be held on the second day of Computer Faire, the Summit brings resellers from around the country together and presents the results of its own industry research.
Once again, an impressive line-up of international exhibitors will be using Computer Faire to showcase their products and services.
“Computer Faire is acknowledged as an international exhibition and whilst exhibitors are all promoting their products and services to the public," says Kruger “many of them are looking for South African partners or resellers, so local companies will find there are business opportunities in visiting the Faire."
Large delegations from China and Taiwan will once again participate, with smaller representation from Czech Republic, the USA, Macau, Canada and the UK. In addition, a delegation from India will include 25 different companies from the sub-continent.
Another highlight of the show is the fact that exhibitors will be allowed to sell products from their stands for the first time in a number of years.This means visitors will be able to browse for products, compare them, then buy them and take them home.
"With so much to see and do at Computer Faire, it is the definitive one-stop show and visitors must be sure not to miss out on it," Kruger adds, “and remember the late night viewing on Thursday when the show will be open until 19h00”.
Computer Faire will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 20 – 23 May 2008.