Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum Anticipates a Full House at EC Day 2003

May 5, 2003

The Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum (AECF) announced today that 15 exhibitors have been confirmed for its12th annual EC Day, a one-day conference to be held on Thursday, May 22, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jointly sponsored by AECF and the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association (GECA), EC Day 2003 offers 18 sessions focused on leveraging past investments in e-commerce to create a strong competitive advantage today.

The action-packed agenda offers keynotes from Leonard Haynes of Southern Company and Dr. Richard DeMillo, Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech along with speakers from companies such as Earthlink, Equifax, Ga. Department of Revenue, Experient, Noro-Moseley, Ga. State University, Gyst Group and others. For the first time the conference will also include a track dedicated to legal issues covering topics on electronic contracting, identity theft and data privacy. Attendees can even receive CLE credits toward continuing education.

EC Day 2003 exhibitors currently include AeA, B2B Technologies, Ceridian, Easylink Services, ForestExpress, IT Manna, Kennesaw State University, King & Spalding, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Sevista, Segue Software, Sterling Commerce, Southern Company, User Insight and Valicert. Conference attendees will visit with these organizations during breaks to learn more about the latest in e-Commerce trends and technologies.

The conference will feature respected electronic commerce thought leader, Leonard Haynes, executive vice president of Southern Company, as the morning keynote. Mr. Haynes’ remarks will include a discussion of the e-business strategy for America’s most admired Electric and Gas Utility, according to Fortune magazine’s 2002 and 2003 lists.

Dr. Richard DeMillo, Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech and past CTO for Hewlett-Packard will provide the luncheon keynote address on the topic of security. He will share his insights into how corporate, government and academic communities can work together to help achieve a common goal of providing a more secure world that contributes to, rather than detracts from, the bottom line.

Ideal for mid-level and senior executives who need to understand the latest issues surrounding electronic commerce, EC Day 2003 offers a total of four tracks that encompass strategies and tactics, public policy, future trends and legal issues. The complete agenda with registration information is available at www.atlecf.org. The seminar is only $225 for members or $275 for guests.

The AECF is the oldest and largest non-profit trade association in Georgia, focused exclusively on business and technology issues relating to electronic commerce. Via a strong membership base that includes Atlanta’s largest companies as well as emerging technology firms, the organization is able to provide an environment that fosters the development of best practices in e-commerce while maintaining an unbiased, non-commercial atmosphere.

GECA is a not-for-profit partnership of public and private sector organizations working together to reshape public policy for a knowledge economy. GECA advocates a favorable environment for electronic commerce and government by supporting public policy that is market driven, predictable, sustainable, simple, fair, technology and media neutral and harmonized.