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The 5th annual Scandinavian Smallworld™ User Conference was held in Oslo, Norway, on September 23-24, 2010. More than 50 attendees from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden joined the conference. Amongst the customers attending were utility and telecoms operators from these countries including Trønderenergi(NO), Lier Everk(NO), København Energi(DK), Canal Digital(NO), Get(NO), Syd Energi(DK), Skagerak Fibernett(NO), and Ventelo(NO).

The users have established a user group in cooperation with the local Smallworld distributors Breakoutimage and Smallworld Systems. The first conference was held in Oslo in 2005. Since then the conferences have taken place in Copenhagen and Oslo. The venue for this year's conference was chosen close to the Holmenkollen ski jump where the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships will take place, http://www.oslo2011.no/en/. Housing the conference was Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica, with its magnificent view over Oslo and the Oslo fjord. Unfortunately, on this occasion the view was masked by some persistent fog for much of the time.

The program included user case presentations both from the utilities and telecoms companies present. The theme for the conference was "Did the Vision become a Reality?”, and these presentations convinced the attendees that a lot has been achieved since starting up with Smallworld, whilst also sharing new visions for the years to come. From the simple and surprisingly efficient method of using barcode scanners and the Smallworld Internet Application Server™ when labeling and documenting fiber equipment in the field at Syd Energi, to complex integration projects using Smallworld GeoSpatial Server™ at Ventelo Networks. GE Energy’s Mike Quarmby and Ingo Denkewitz took the audience through the Smallworld vision and roadmaps for the telecoms and utility industry segments for the next 12-18 months.

In addition to these presentations, some local vendors provided demonstrations of their Smallworld applications during the breaks, and on Thursday night the 5 year anniversary dinner took place in the Nobel room. The feedback from the attendees is that the conference is a unique opportunity to meet with other users in an informal and relaxed environment, exchanging ideas and getting to know more about product development.

The next Scandinavian Smallworld User Conference will take place in Copenhagen during September 15-16, 2011.