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Ives BlakeProfessor Blake Ives holds the C.T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership in the C.T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston, where he is also the Director of the Information Systems Research Center (ISRC). Ives received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems at the University of Minnesota and has previously served on the faculty at Dartmouth College, Louisiana State University, and Southern Methodist University.

Ives is a past President of the Association for Information Systems, previously served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Information Management International and has twice served as a conference co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems. Ives was one of the first elected a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and was selected as 2003 Educator of the Year by the Education Special Interest Group of the Association for Information Technology Professionals. He also is the first recipient of the Management Information System Quarterly's award for distinguished scholarship and has had held prestigious Fellowships at Harvard Business School and Templeton College, Oxford University.

Ives has played a leadership role in the development of electronic infrastructure for the information systems academic discipline. This involvement includes founding MISQ Discovery and ISWorld Net, helping to establish the AIS's electronic journals (Communications of the AIS and Journal of the AIS) as well as playing a key role in establishing the ISWorld Discussion list. Ives is a past editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly and now serves as chair of MISQ's Policy Committee. He is a current or past member of the editorial board of many journals, and his publications include several of the most highly cited papers in the field of information systems.

In addition to the keynote address Professor Ives will have a session for doctoral students who attend the conference. To learn more about Professor Blake Ives, you may visit his website at www.blakeives.com


Ronald S. SwiftRonald S. Swift is vice president of Cross-Industry Solutions for Teradata, a division of NCR, and an internationally known consultant, author, luminary and strategist in the areas of analytical marketing, customer management systems, enterprise data warehousing, financial management, demand and supply chain support, and electronic commerce. Swift is the author of the book, Accelerating Customer Relationships, and is currently working on another book on the subjects of increasing customer value and the new economics through analysis of integrated customer, supply and financial information. He also is a popular lecturer at major conferences, universities, symposiums, executive forums and guest lecturer at leading business schools.

In addition to the keynote address Mr. Swift will conduct a workshop on data warehousing applications in the private and public sector organizations on Friday morning May 18th, 2007 at the conference site. Contact him at ron.swift@ncr.com or  ron.swift@adelphia.net.