PASADENA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The IT Service Management Forum USA(R) (itSMF USA(R)), the nation's leading association focused on optimizing IT operations for companies and organizations in all industries, today announced three of its keynote speakers, including goodwill ambassador and National Football League Hall of Famer, Archie Manning, for the itSMF USA(R) National Conference, Fusion '08. Expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees, the eighth annual conference being held Sept. 7-13, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, is the largest, most comprehensive gathering of IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals. ITSM is a practice which enables any organization to deliver quality IT services that satisfy customer business requirements to achieve performance targets specified within service level agreements. The itSMF USA(R) Fusion conference is the only vendor neutral option for ITSM information put on by the fastest growing and most respected voice in the ITSM space. The theme for Fusion '08 is "Uniting the World of IT Service Management," and to help support that theme, inspirational speakers and industry thought leaders are among the five keynote speakers highlighting this year's event. Joining Manning on the current list of keynote speakers for the weeklong event are best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and organizational therapist and human behavior expert, Connie Podesta. Additional keynote speakers will be announced in coming weeks. Archie Manning, former New Orleans Saints quarterback and father of SuperBowl champions, Peyton and Eli Manning, is recognized as an ambassador of goodwill and a molder of people. He is dedicated to the humanitarian cause, serving on countless charities and civic boards, including the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, and the Louisiana Special Olympics. During his motivational presentation, attendees will be inspired by his warm personality, his drive, and his sense of humor. A passionate supporter of teams, Patrick Lencioni is committed to helping companies improve their organizational effectiveness. He is the author of five best-selling books including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. Described as "fast defining the next generation of business thinkers" by The One-Minute Manager's Ken Blanchard, Pat will challenge his audience to break the barriers and build stronger, successful teams. Internationally-known for her high-energy, interactive, and entertaining presentations, Connie Podesta is an expert in the psychology of human behavior. Her experience with hundreds of corporations nationwide provides a unique perspective on key issues like personal accountability, team-building, communication, and productivity. By combining her talents as a comedienne and Licensed Professional Counselor, Connie will encourage attendees to reach new heights in their personal and professional development. "As always, we chose this year's keynote speakers with the intention of motivating and uniting our attendees from throughout the U.S. and internationally, while also heightening the energy level of the general sessions with thought-provoking and inspiring presentations," said itSMF USA(R) Event Chair, Robert Stroud. "These speakers will inspire and motivate our attendees in sharing their unique and exciting life experiences. We're looking forward to adding to this already impressive line up in the weeks ahead." Registration and detailed conference information is available at http://www.itsmfusion.com. About itSMF USA(R) - Fusion '08 The itSMF USA(R) Fusion '08 conference and exposition is the "must attend" event for learning about or improving the practice of ITSM. Bringing together the best minds in the service management industry, the 8th annual event is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees to San Francisco, hosting many more for pre and post conference training and workshops. During the conference, more than 100 speakers will present 80 sessions delivering key insights in ITSM best practices, innovative new strategies, and real world results. itSMF USA(R) Fusion '08 attendees are innovators in the field of IT service management and are constantly looking to increase the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of their IT services while simultaneously reducing costs and risks. More information is available at http://www.itsmfusion.com. About the itSMF USA(R) Founded in 1997, the Information Technology Service Management Forum (itSMF) USA(R) (http://www.itsmfusa.org) is a rapidly growing non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of ITSM best-practices and standards in the provision and management of IT Services through knowledge sharing, educational and networking opportunities. Current membership is over 8,900 individuals, with affiliated Local Interest Groups serving 43 cities and regions nationwide. The itSMF USA(R) is affiliated with the itSMF International, which was formed in 1991. itSMF USA(R) is a trademark of the Information Technology Service Management Forum USA. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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