Attendees Rave About Network World Live’s IT Roadmap: Boston Event; Inaugural Event ”More Than Exceeded Expectations;” ”The Speakers Were Informative and Energetic;” ”One Remarkable Day”

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – MARCH 23, 2006 – Network World Live's first IT Roadmap event, held Monday in Boston, brought together more than 500 enterprise IT executives, industry thought-leaders, and vendors such as Akamai Technologies, Brocade Communications, Dell and Microsoft. Designed to delve into the most complex and timely topics facing enterprise IT executives today, the series packs real world issues analysis, vendor solutions, and tested strategies into a one-day, must-attend event for networking professionals. The IT Roadmap series will next take place in Chicago on June 27, followed by fall and winter events in Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nearly 50 vendors and more than 500 qualified networking professionals from mid to large end-user enterprise companies attended IT Roadmap: Boston. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. A sample of the response by attendees includes:

— "The event was well done, the speakers were informative and energetic. I needed a good primer on application and network acceleration, and this gave that to me in spades. I will definitely attend more of these." — Brad Kaufman, CIO, Sparks

— "With my busy schedule it is always hard to stay current with technology. The Network World Live Expo was a well organized event that allowed me to see the leading edge trends in one remarkable day." — Beth Cohen, Director of Operations, Broadleaf Services, Inc.

— "Network World's IT Roadmap (conference) is a must have when maneuvering your way through today's maze of network security." — Gary Murphy, Information Systems Audit Manager, Harvard University Risk Management and Audit Services

John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, began IT Roadmap: Boston with a keynote address entitled, "Navigating the Road Ahead: The New IT Imperatives." Gallant identified the five key strategic initiatives that IT departments must undertake in order to be successful in the years to come.

Those initiatives are:

– Reduce complexity

– Become a center of management excellence

– Build a brainier network

– Get ahead of security challenges

– Become an applications expert

"There is tremendous pressure on IT departments to do more with less," said Gallant, "which is exactly why we are producing the IT Roadmap series and taking it to metropolitan centers across the country. Each IT Roadmap event is designed to help IT professionals find solutions to the paradox of increasing demand vs. decreasing budget. From the opening keynote to the closing 'Meet the Analysts' reception, we're providing tactics and strategies that will help IT executives make the most of their infrastructures, maximize budgets, and achieve company goals."

The IT Roadmap series encompasses insight from Network World's top editorial team, perspectives from respected industry analysts, valuable case studies from IT buyers and presentations from the top technology solutions providers. Each IT Roadmap conference explores six topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies.

"The conference is one of the few that provides both strategic vision and practical, tactical, how-to advice," said Johna Till Johnson, President & Sr. Founding Partner of Nemertes Research, and one of the analysts providing insight at IT Roadmap: Boston. "Attendees told us it was the most valuable conference they've ever attended—with dead-on-target coverage of mission-critical technologies like VOIP, security, information stewardship, and application acceleration."

The IT solutions providers exhibiting on the expo floor at IT Roadmap: Boston were pleased with the strong turnout and the level of expertise and decision-making ability of the attendees. "Unlike many of the big trade shows out there, IT Roadmap conferences are not open to anyone and everyone to attend," said Andrea D'Amato, senior director of sales at Network World. "We have strict qualification parameters that must be met before an application is accepted. This ensures that the folks roaming the exhibit hall are serious buyers looking for solutions for their current and future IT challenges." Companies interested in sponsoring IT Roadmap: Chicago should contact Andrea D'Amato at ADAmato@nww.com.

Chicago-area-based CXOs, IT directors and managers, and network VPs and architects are invited to attend IT Roadmap: Chicago, June 27, 2006 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Qualified attendees can register to attend IT Roadmap: Chicago for free at http://www.networkworld.com/RM6CPRL1 .

IT Roadmap: Boston Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of IT Roadmap: Boston for helping to set the agenda of a strong event with important content. Platinum sponsors of IT Roadmap: Boston were Akamai Technologies, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Dell, Endforce, Fluke Networks, Foundry Networks, Infoblox, Microsoft, Mirapoint, Network General, Optinuity, Orbital Data, Packeteer, Inc., Riverbed Technology, ShoreTel, Symantec, and Trusted Computing Group. Gold sponsors were APC, CTC Communications, DeVA Systems Group, Double-Take by NSI Software, Emulex, EqualLogic, Expand Networks, Facetime, Gambit Communications, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Juniper Networks, LeftHand Networks, Lucent Technologies, MailFrontier, Micro Works Computer Center, Mimosa Systems, Mitel, MRV, mValent, Netli, Open Service, Qlogic, RealOps, Secure Computing, Silver Peak, Spy Sweeper, and XOsoft. Conference partners were IT Service Management Forum (itSMF), the Society for Information Management (SIM), and SOA Executive Forum.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community ( www.networkworld.com ), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

About IDG

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