Black Forest Group
The Name, "Black Forest"
The first meeting of what became
the Black Forest Group took place in July, 1992, at Bad Liebenzell, near
Stuttgart, in the region of Germany known as the "Black Forest." While in
the first meetings of the Group, the discussions focussed on Groupware and
Workflow technologies and case studies, it quickly became clear that there
was a much broader set of issues of interest to the participants. At the
November, 1992, meeting in Weggis, Switzerland, the participants
recognized the success of the meetings and the need for some identity. A
number of names were discussed, such as various areas of potential
technology interest and other ideas. Finally, it became clear that the
participants foresaw a broad set of shared interests, and this set of
interests would inevitably evolve as the members' companies needs evolved.
Therefore, a name was chosen that was evocative but had no specific
technology or business constraints implied: a name that simply
memorialized the location of the first convening of the group.
Black Forest Group - Mission
To gain competitive advantage for the organizations represented by the
members by facilitating the application of emerging information
technologies and related concepts.
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and directions
among user organizations, vendors, and the academic and research
Black Forest Group - Objectives
- To use the influence of member organizations to provide direction to
research and product development.
- To learn from each other.
- To encourage awareness of technologies and products, and their
organization and business strategies.
- To foster the advancement of technologies and standards which better
- To develop functional requirements which influence the development of
more effective products, methods, technologies and standards.
Black Forest Group - Membership
- Individuals from Business Organizations, Academic Institutions, and
Research Organizations can be Voting Members of the Group.
- Individuals from Vendors, Systems Integrators, and other
organizations can participate actively as non-voting members
- The membership of the Group is controlled, and membership is by
invitation only, in order to facilitate the free exchange of ideas and
experiences in the spirit of cooperation, while protecting proprietary
- The Group is worldwide in its membership.
- Members must be active in the Group's activities and must make
significant contributions to those activities.
- The group was established in July, 1992, and generally meets three
times a year, usually in Europe and North America.
For further information:
- Pat Hickey, General Motors International, Information Manager,
Infrastructure, tel. +41-1-828-2340, fax +41-1-828-2450
- Prof. Marvin L. Manheim, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of
Management, tel. +1-708-491-8676, fax +1-708-467-1777
- Jock Gill, Penfield Gill, Inc., Press Relations for the Black Forest
Group tel. +1-617-396-0492, fax +1-617-395-0265
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- url: http://www.penfield-gill.com/gill
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