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Dec 15, 2010

Stargazing the Future of SPS Conference Services

Looking ahead, there are many exciting opportunities coming our way. One opportunity that will have a significant impact on SPS is the introduction of the IEEE Conference Exchange (ICX) platform developed by IEEE Conference Services.

ICX will provide a centralized operational foundation for the IEEE conference business, while supporting the autonomy of the Societies and Councils and Conference Organizers in managing their respective conferences. It will enable all backend operational processes while offering new event-based services to conference organizers.

One of the backend operational processes is efficient real-time membership verification. Another is a streamlined membership purchasing with registration. ICX will also allow direct data transfer for faster easier conference closing, and many other business operations that we currently cannot offer.

The COS tools configuration and development done in 2010 has been guided and informed by the ICX project as well as the Advisory Committees populated by volunteers like you. As we carefully introduce COS we are preparing for ICX. The benefit of going through this transition now is that when ICX comes online we will be ready to go.

In 2011 SPS Conference Organizers can expect to see more improvements in the resources and tools available to you. To help determine the direction of these improvements we issue a survey to all SPS Conference Organizers. The survey will give you the opportunity to tell us how we are doing. You can expect to receive the survey sometime in the first quarter of 2011.

Thank you for a great 2010. The SPS Conference Services staff enjoys your enthusiasm and we are inspired by your dedication. We look forward to another great year serving you. - Lisa D. Schwarzbek, Manager, Conference Services