Stories by James Niccolai and Joris Evers

It's big, but not a big mess

From MP3 players to mainframe computers, this year's Cebit has it all. But the world's biggest computer trade fair has avoided becoming the unfocused sprawl that led Comdex to its downfall.
Perhaps it's the German zeal for organization -- the giant show has been sliced into about two dozen technology areas, many with a cavernous hall to themselves. There's a new pavilion devoted just to security, the public sector has its own zone, and communications gear is carved off from business software. That helps ensure that stern-faced buyers looking for ERP (enterprise resource planning) products won't bump into scruffy teens hunting for gadgets.

Written by James Niccolai and Joris Evers11 March 05 22:00