Comdex UK opened its doors on Tuesday in a combined event with Internet World and Object World, but many of the trade players who attendedlast year's Comdex failed to take a stand this time.
Billing itself as ?the entire IT marketplace in one place", the show's major PC exhibitor was Compaq, which occupied a central stand visible from all viewpoints. There, the company was showing a number of its different offerings including rack-mounted servers and desktops.
Richard Hease, Emea vice president of organiser Softbank, said: ?I think it went really well. The audience met our anticipation and we?ll meet the projections we made. The keynotes were busy and many of the companies, including Compaq, have re-booked.?
Although IBM and Microsoft also attended this year?s show, other vendors present last year, including Motorola, were notably absent. IBM was pushing its object technology while Microsoft, in combination with Demon, was demonstrating Internet Explorer 4.0
That, said Hease, demonstrated how different technologies were coming together. ?The convergence of technology means there is a place for an enterprise event,? he said.
Trade players like Northamber, Dane-Elec and Kingston Technology were absent from the show, as was modem card manufacturer TDK and PC Card distributor Portable Add Ons, which all had stands this time last year. One source at a major memory company said: ?There are so many shows, Comdex France and Comdex UK, and we prefer to go to international shows like Cebit and Comdex in the US.?
Official attendance figures from Softbank were unavailable at press time.
But the combination of Object World and Internet World was successful, said Eric Leach, Object Management Group representative at the show. ?IBM?s stand was very very busy and the Digital stand looked busy. There was synergy between Object World and Internet World. The two best attended seminars were Object and Finance and Object Architecture,? he said.
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