Theme 2003: Process Improvement Methodologies and Technologies,Business Strategies, Human Factors, Knowledge, and Innovation
Final Conference Programme

Key Notes of the Conference , Patron of the Conference , What is EuroSPI

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Key Notes of the Conference

Peter Prestele, Director Business Integration EMEA, IBM, Europe

Prof. Hermann Maurer, Head of IICM, Head of HMS (Joanneum Research), Chief Scientist Know Center, Austria
Author of SF Publications.
Business Integration reduces your costs and improves your IT processes

As Director Business Integration EMEA for IBM, Peter Prestele is responsible for sales, services and strategic development of IBM's Business Integration range in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The product range includes CrossWorlds, MQ Workflow, B2B Connector and MQSI integration solutions. In January 2002 he joined the IBM Software Group during the course of the acquisition of CrossWorlds Software by IBM.
Peter Prestele previously held the position of a General Manager EMEA for CrossWorlds Software. He joined CrossWorlds Software as Regional Vice President in 1998 and has been managing the European headquarters in Munich since 1999. From 1996 to 1998 Peter Prestele held the position of Regional Manager for i2-Technologies and built up the organisation in Central Europe. From 1993 to 1996 he worked as Sales Manager for Intergraph and before that he was employed as Technical Manager Support & Services at Wiechers & Partner, a CAD and CAE system vendor.
Mr. Prestele has 10 years of experience in the software industry having started his career in the Research and Development division of the worldwide manufacturing company, Aeroquip's European Aerospace, where he managed European OEM development.
Mr. Prestele was born in Munich and studied mechanical engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

IT oriented aspects of KM (Knowledge Management) to increase efficieny in organizations and enterprises.

Study of Mathematics at the Universities of Vienna (Austria) and Calgary (Canada) starting in 1959. System Analyst with the Government of Sasketchewan (Canada) in 1963. Mathematician-programmer with IBM Research in Vienna 1964-1966. Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Vienna 1965.
Assistant and Associate Professor for Computer Science at the University of Calgary 1966-1971. Full Professor for Applied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe, West Germany, 1971-1977, and Visiting Professor at SMU, Dallas, and University of Brasilia (Brazil) for three months, each, and at the University of Waterloo, during the same period.
Full Professor at the Graz University of Technology since 1978, since October 2000 also Dean of Studies for Telematics. In addition, director of the Research Institute for Applied Information Processing of the Austrian Computer Society 1983-1998; chairman of Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New Media since 1988, director of the Institute for Hypermedia Systems of JOANNEUM RESEARCH since 1990, director of the AWAC (Austrian Web Application Center) of the ARCS (Austrian Research Centers) 1997-2000, member of the board of OCG (Österreische Computergesellschaft) 1979-2003 and since 2001/01/01 chief scientist of the KNOW Center (K+ Center), the first research center on Knowledge Management in Austria.
Adjunct Professor at Denver University 1984-1988; Professor for Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1993 (on leave from Graz), then Honorary Adjunct Professor and since May 2001 Honorary Research Fellow.
Since 2002 'Campus Graz 02' Captain (University College of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce), honorary title 'Visiting Professor' at the Danube University (Krems, Austria), Central European Evaluation Board Member WGLN (Wallenberg Global Learning Network); External Advisory Panel Member at Kuching University (Malysia) as of December 15, 2002 and Visiting Researcher at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia) from February till April 2003.
He received a number of awards, among them the ADV Prize for Merits for Informationprocessing in Austria, the Honorary Doctorate of the Polytechnical University of St. Petersburg in 1992, the "Enter-Price" (a nice play of words with Enterprise) of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce in 1999, the Integrata-Prize (for Human Software) in 2000, became Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences in 1996 and a member of the Academia Europaea in February 2000. In January 2001 he was awarded the "Austrian Cross of Honours for Arts and Science Class I", in July 2001 the "Large Medal of Honour of the Province of Styria" and in May 2002 the Honorary Doctorate of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Author of sixteen books, more than 550 contributions in various publications, Editor-in-Chief of 'Journal of Universal Computer Science' and 'Journal of Network and Computer Applications'; member of the Editorial Council of the Journals 'Organizacija', 'Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia', 'International Journal of Telecommunications' and 'Journal on Educational Resources in Computing'; Chairperson of steering committees and Member of program committees of numerous international conferences; Founder of the Conference series of ED-MEDIA and WebNet and of the conference I-KNOW; European Representative on ICCE till 2000.
Project manager of a number of multimillion-dollar undertakings including a patent for optical storage device, the development of a colour-graphic microcomputer (MUPID), an electronic teaching experiment COSTOC, multi-media projects such as "Images of Austria" (Expo'92 and Expo'93), various electronic publishing projects such as "PC Library", "Geothek", "J.UCS" and "Brockhaus Multimedial"; responsible for the development of the first second generation Web Based Information System Hyper-G, now Hyperwave and the eLearning Suite (eLS), a modern net based teaching platform, participation in a number of EU projects (e.g. LIBERATION, HYMN, EUROPE-MMM, HYPDOC, EONT and others) and MIRACLE.

Patrons of the Conference

Mag Andrea Fenz
Mag. Andrea Fenz, Managing Director, APS, Austria. APS is the NCP IST (National Contact Point) for the Southern parts of Austria.
Dr Richard Messnarz
Dr Richard Messnarz, Managing Director, ISCN GesmbH, Austria. ISCN GesmbH is the development site of ISCN LTD, Ireland.

What is EuroSPI

EuroSPI is a partnership of large Scandinavian research companies and experience networks (SINTEF, DELTA,STTF), QinetiQ as Europe's largest research center, the ASQF as a large German quality association, the American Society for Quality, and ISCN as the coordinating partner.

EuroSPI conferences present and discuss practical results from improvement projects in industry, focussing on the benefits gained and the criteria for success. Leading European industry are contributing to and participating in this event. This year's event is the 10th of a series of conferences to which countries across Europe and from the rest of the world contributed their lessons learned and shared their knowledge to reach the next higher level of software management professionalism.