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Did you know that you can't buy two beers at once in Walt Disney World, or purchase chewing gum within the confines of the so-called "happiest place on earth?" It's a squeaky clean world, after all.Bu...


February 1, 2001  


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Did you know that you can’t buy two beers at once in Walt Disney World, or purchase chewing gum within the confines of the so-called “happiest place on earth?” It’s a squeaky clean world, after all.

But doing its best to squeeze all the reality it could out of a rather surreal environment, BICSI managed to throw a great telecom party last month. Some 3,800 cabling and telecom professionals from around the world — including over 200 Canadians — gathered from January 15 to 18 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL for the telecom organization’s winter conference.

The annual event, which combined a comprehensive conference program and exhibit display with a host of parties, focused on the theme: “pursuing global connectivity”.

“The old rules have cracked,” noted Todd Buchholz, who touched on the global theme in his keynote address about today’s new economy.

Buchholz, a leading expert and advisor on global economic trends, said there are three themes of this new economy: speed (an economy growing at a “here today, gone tomorrow” pace), scissors (an economy that has “silvery sharp blades” ready to cut down prices and cut out companies) and people (an economy in which customers and demographics play a more important role).

Buchholz said that choosing to embrace, as opposed to deny, this new world, can lead to greater opportunity. “In this tornado, in this maelstrom, in this vortex, in this hurricane, that’s opportunity comes, that’s where the genius arises and is rewarded, and it is inescapable.”

The “global connectivity” theme also ran through the conference program, with seminars on global network rollouts, Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, and the future of fiber optics.

In addition to the seminars, more than 200 exhibitors from all areas of the telecom and cabling arena were on hand at the event to showcase the latest cabling products and services (please see “Making News” sidebar). And BICSI Cares, Inc., the charitable arm of the organization, raised US$35,000 for local charity My Kids, School Kids. The program provides basic needs for at-risk school children in the central Florida area.

Those who missed this event can make plans to attend BICSI’s spring conference, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV from May 7 to 10, 2001.


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