Business Visionary Don Tapscott Joins Top Technology Speakers from Northrop Grumman, Harvard Medical School and Dell at Storage Networking World Fall 2004

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – July 29, 2004 – World's Largest Storage Networking Event Will Take Place October 25-28, 2004, in Orlando IDG's Computerworld, "the Voice of IT Management," in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced that Don Tapscott, bestselling author of "The Naked Corporation," "Growing Up Digital" and "Paradigm Shift" will deliver a visionary address at Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2004. SNW is the world's most comprehensive storage networking conference series for IT management – including storage architects, IT infrastructure professionals, business continuity planning experts, data management specialists, and network professionals – and will take place October 25 – 28, 2004, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Tapscott will join a conference program packed with senior IT executives and managers who will share a breadth of expertise and experience across the storage networking landscape. Among the many IT executives and experts presenting at SNW Fall 2004 are: Keith Glennan, vice president and CIO, Northrop Grumman IT; John Halamka, CIO, Harvard Medical School; Kevin Rollins, president & COO, Dell; Shinjiro Iwata, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems; Peter van Oppen, chairman and CEO, ADIC; Greg Reyes, chairman and CEO, Brocade Communications Systems and Nick Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of "Does IT Matter." Agenda details appear online at www.snwusa.com.

SNW Spring 2004 drew over 2,400 registrants including 800 registered storage end-users as well as another 500 channel/integrator partners, press, industry and financial analysts. Among end-users and industry watchers, the audience and program further solidified SNW's position as the definitive IT end-user event on storage networking. According to Oleg Ivanov, IT server analyst at JetBlue Airways Corporation, "From a managerial point of view, the amount of information you're getting at SNW is very valuable. You can't get that amount of information at your place of work and it is a great environment to exchange ideas. It also provides a forum to share your knowledge and give others your point of view. I've been to other IT conferences and this is the best one, period. No other event is as organized and informative as SNW."

In addition to the most comprehensive end-user conference program in the market, attendees at SNW Fall will benefit from a variety of additional conference features including: SNIA-delivered technical sessions; the world's largest storage networking expo; SNW's exclusive "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program; IDC's special Storage Briefing; SNW's flagship "Interoperability & Solutions Demo" where dozens of SNIA member companies collaborate on integrated solutions; and continuous networking opportunities with peers, storage technology engineers, analysts and industry leaders.

To register to attend SNW, visit www.snwusa.com. To sponsor, contact Ann Harris, Director, Event Sponsorship Sales, Computerworld, at (508) 820-8667.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage" and the 2004 American Business Media's first annual Timothy White Award for journalistic integrity and editorial courage bestowed to editor in chief, Maryfran Johnson. In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management with a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over one million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For further information, visit http://www.snia.org.

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