I have been looking forward to this evening for a long time, because I have known for manyyears how important CeBIT is to the global Information Technology industry.
我一直在盼望今晚的到来，因为很多年以前我就知道 CeBIT 对全球信息技术产业有多么重要。
So before I go any further I want to thank you very much for inviting me to participate in thisimportant forum.
Now I have given a lot of thought as to what I would say to you this evening. On the onehand, I am here as a representative of the Information Technology industry on the event thatis bigger by orders of magnitude than any other technology exhibit.
That is quite a statement in a industry that is good at many things, especially celebrating itsown creations.
On the other hand, like most of you, I have spent most of my professional life as a customerof this industry.
So I know that after the splash and promises comes the harsh light of morning and often thecustomer is left standing alone wondering what happened, or as the head of one of our mostimportant German customers put it, "Yours is an industry that is very good at weddings andnot so good at marriages."