Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates, Novell boss Eric Schmidt and Intel chief Craig Barrett will all give keynotes at Compaq's two yearly Innovate Forum in Houston next week.
The event, staged for Compaq's corporate customers and resellers, is usually used as a launch pad for a range of new technology and acquisition announcements.
The company used Innovate 97 to announce the acquisition of remote access company Microcom and was awash with rumours that Compaq was considering buying Gateway in a bid to move more to a direct sales model.
As well as the launch of a new notebook line, Compaq used the forum to show off its latest server acceleration technology and new server fibre channel technology.
It was also at Innovate 1997 that Compaq confirmed it would be selling direct to some of its customers, ending months of speculation and causing much consternation among the many reseller attendees.
At this year's event Compaq is expected to make a range of enterprise announcements, but it seems unlikely that executives will be making any comment on the raft of lawsuits the company is facing over insider share selling. (see earlier story)
According to Compaq spokespeople, the company is in a quiet period up until the release of its first quarter results at the end of this month.
At the event in 1995 Compaq announced the aquisitions of Networth and Thomas Conrad, two networking companies that it used to help start its networking division with much fanfare. In December last year the company announced it was folding the division, moving the component parts into other divisions.
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