COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - August 16, 2005 - What do Ray Kurzweil, Robert Cringely, Guy Kawasaki, Jamie Clark and Steve Rizzo have in common? They are all noted visionaries, and they are all presenting keynote addresses at the Third Annual IT Infrastructure Management Conference & Expo. ITIM 2005 ( will be held October 2 – 5, 2005 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.. Produced by HDI, the world's largest membership association for IT service and support professionals and the premier certification body for the industry, the IT Infrastructure Management Conference & Expo is designed for IT professionals dedicated to achieving greater productivity by establishing and maintaining best practices and building integrated IT processes and technologies.

The always fascinating and surprising inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil will open the conference with his answer to the question, "How Far Will Technology Transform Humanity?" Technology journalist Robert Cringely will share insights from his latest book, The Microsoft Century, which explores the "second-order effects" of technology. Author, venture capitalist and former Apple fellow Guy Kawasaki will draw from his latest book, The Art of the Start. Kawasaki will share his extensive experience in turning ideas into action. ITIM 2005 attendees will be inspired by the stories of adventurer Jamie Clark, as he describes his efforts to scale Mount Everest. And, on a light note, professional speaker and comedian Steve Rizzo will speak to conference attendees about his methods for dealing with constant changes in business and technology.

ITIM 2005 – Virtually Anything is Possible will address all aspects of managing, integrating and maximizing the performance of corporate IT assets. Six comprehensive conference tracks include Emerging Technologies; IT Leadership; Network Optimization and Performance; Infrastructure Management Technology Innovation; Security, Governance and Compliance and IT Service Management. Additionally, ten pre-conference workshops will be offered, including ITIL training and certification.

The exhibition hall will feature the foremost vendors of IT infrastructure solutions and service management products and services, including: network infrastructure products and services, telecommunications, wireless and VoIP technologies, IT security, network performance and management, data storage, management and compliance and IT support center and service management products and services.

For more information about the Third Annual IT Infrastructure Management Conference & Expo, visit For media and analyst registration, contact Jennifer McClure at (650) 331-0083, or email [email protected].

About HDI
HDI is the world's largest membership association for IT service and support professionals and the premier certification body for the industry. Founded in 1989, HDI's mission is to lead and promote the IT service and support industry by empowering its members through access to timely and valuable industry information, including reports and publications; encouraging member collaboration through events and online forums; and establishing internationally recognized, standards-based industry certification and training programs. In addition to membership, certification and training, HDI produces the world's largest and highest-rated event for service and support professionals, the HDI Annual Conference and Expo, and the IT Infrastructure Management Conference. HDI is member-focused, and remains vendor-neutral in its efforts to facilitate open, independent networking and information-sharing within the association network. HDI has more than 7,500 members worldwide including many of the Fortune 500, and 60 local chapters in North America. For more information, visit


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