Waltham, Mass. - While the NICSA Technology Forum was taking place at the stylish Seaport Hotel on Boston's waterfront last week, a new, lesser-known conference - the Emerging Technology Conference - was taking place here on the quiet suburban campus of Bentley College.

Just over a dozen companies were assembled at the National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) conference to show their wares to mutual fund executives in a demonstration hall at the Seaport Hotel. Meanwhile, an assortment of fund company and service provider executives spoke on the future use of technology in the fund industry. About 240 people attended the conference.

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