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Week ahead: CeBit lite takes to NY

The slimmed-down version of the German technology trade show sets up in New York this coming week. Plus: Developers, developers, developers at Microsoft's TechEd.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of May 23.

CeBit America, the diet version of the uber trade show in Hannover, Germany, is scheduled to take place in New York this week.

In 2003, its first year, the U.S. show suffered a low turnout. Keynote speakers on the schedule this week include Siebel Systems Chairman Tom Siebel, Sprint Executive Vice President Kathryn Walker and General Motors Chief Technology Officer Tony Scott.

Meanwhile, Microsoft connects with developers, IT administrators and more at TechEd, the software giant's annual training conference for technology professionals. The show runs May 23 to May 28 in San Diego. Besides hundreds of classes covering everything from SQL Server configuration to spam filtering, this year's event is set to feature an opening keynote speech by CEO Steve Ballmer.

In San Francisco, Ad:Tech 2004 will host presentations about the intersection of information technology and advertising. Executives from Hewlett-Packard and Sony Electronics are scheduled to give keynote speeches.

Mobile & Wireless World will be turning up the heat in a conference at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Speakers there will include Ken Pasley, vice president of FedEx's Internet technology, and Marina Levinson, vice president and chief information officer of PalmOne, among others.

Tech earnings reports are light this week, with TiVo among the more notable.

The information was gathered from Thomson First Call, Hoover's Online and CNET Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Sunday, May 23

  • Microsoft makes its pitch to developers, IT administrators and others at its annual training conference. Steve Ballmer is scheduled to open the event with a speech.TechEd, May 23-28, San Diego.

Monday, May 24

  • Advertising industry and technology minds will gather to learn about the intersection of the two industries and how they work together on sales, marketing, customer service and IT goals. Ad:Tech 2004, May 24-26, San Francisco.

  • Mobile & Wireless World plans to turn up the industry heat at a conference at in Palm Desert, Calif., from May 24 to 27.

Tuesday, May 25

  • CeBit's slimmer U.S. cousin is scheduled to be at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. CeBit America, May 25-27, New York.


Monday, May 24

  • Novell is a networking company. It is expected to report a second-quarter profit of 3 cents a share.

Tuesday, May 25
  • TiVo is a maker of digital video recorders. It is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 20 cents a share.

Wednesday, May 26
  • Opsware sells software to automate administrative tasks in corporate data centers. It is expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents per share.

Economic Reports

Tuesday, May 25

  • Consumer Confidence tracks the results of a broad survey on consumer spending expectations. The May index is expected to rise to 94, up from 92.9 the previous month.

  • Home Sales tracks housing activity. The market expects May sales of existing homes to be break-even with the previous month at 6.48 million.

Thursday, May 27

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The market expects the total to dip to 334,000 for the week ended May 22, from 345,000 in the previous week.