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Week ahead: Gates is Gartner's guest

The limelight in the coming week will be on the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004, as notable tech executives, including Microsoft's chairman, gather for the four-day affair.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of March 28.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004 will grab the limelight in the coming week, as notable tech executives gather for the four-day affair.

Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, and David Dorman, AT&T chief executive, will be in the lineup of speakers at the confab. The symposium is one of several events lined up for the coming week, which is quiet on the earnings and economic front.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Sunday, March 28

  • Fun 'n' sun. Top-level tech executives will descend on the sandy shores of San Diego to talk about everything from the nuts and bolts of wireless to business applications at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004, March 28-April 1, San Diego.

Monday, March 29

  • Master planner. A how-to primer on forming partnerships with other hardware, software and IT services vendors will be laid out during the Mastering Partnerships and Go-To-Market Alliances confab, March 29-30, San Jose, Calif.

  • With companies like Wal-Mart Stores requiring vendors to tag their products with RFID chips, here's a chance to learn the ins and outs of using the technology. RFID Journal Live, March 29-31, Chicago.

Wednesday, March 31

  • Which way is up? IT challenges and trends for the year will be the topic at Directions 2004, March 31, San Jose, Calif.

Economic Reports

Tuesday, March 30

  • Consumer Confidence tracks the results of a broad survey on consumer spending expectations. The March index is expected to fall to 86, from 87.3 in February.

Friday, April 2
  • The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The March rate is expected to remain steady at 5.6 percent, compared with February.