Comnet First: 30/60 Sessions to Provide Essential Networking Tips at Comnet Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 16, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today announced a new fast-paced series of educational sessions to be held on the exhibit floor at the upcoming COMNET® Conference & Expo: the COMNET First: 30/60 Sessions. Each of the three 30/60 Sessions is designed to provide 30 practical networking tips in just 60 minutes.

Presented by editors of the industry’s top publications, the COMNET First: 30/60 Sessions will address topics ranging from remote worker efficiency to stretching IT budgets to the use of IP communications in the government sector. The 30/60 Sessions will take place on the COMNET exhibit floor and are open to all COMNET attendees. COMNET Conference & Expo runs January 26-29, 2004 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Toni Kistner, managing editor of Network World’s Net.Worker, will present the first 30/60 Session: “Improving Remote Worker Efficiency.” With the help of a panel comprised of analysts, vendors, and representatives from the public sector, Kistner will deliver 30 essential tips for maximizing efficiency when working remotely. Kistner’s panelists include Ray Boggs of IDC, Chuck Wilsker of The Telework Coalition, Chris Israel of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Jason Matlof of Neoteris. This session will take place on January 27 at 10:30 a.m.

The second 30/60 Session, “Smarter, Faster, Better IT,” will be presented by John Gallant, editorial director of Network World. Gallant will provide attendees with 30 new ideas for doing more with less, squeezing more productivity out of their staff, their budgets and their networks, and helping companies boost the bottom line through intelligent networking. Held January 28 at 10:30 a.m., this session will feature insights from the industry's top technical experts, who will share a wealth of time-, money- and sanity-saving tips for IT professionals.

VON Magazine Editor-in-Chief Richard Grigonis will lead the final 30/60 Session, “What Every Government Technologist Needs to Know About IP Communications.” Grigonis will be joined by Micaela Giuhat of Netrake Corporation, Ronald I. Koenig of VIACK Corporation and Consultant Doug Mohney to discuss the factors that the public sector should consider before implementing IP communications technology. Directed at city, state and federal technologists, this 30/60 Session will address security, real-world applications, current events and future trends for voice over IP (VoIP) and other IP communications technology. This session will be held on January 29 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the COMNET First: 30/60 Sessions or to register for the event, please visit www.macworldexpo.com.

About COMNET® Conference & Expo 2004

COMNET Conference & Expo brings together the industry, technology users and government buyers to discover and evaluate the most pressing networking challenges and solutions. Since 1978, COMNET has offered the year's first look at the best networking products, practices and trends through exhibits, focused educational programs and face-to-face commerce. COMNET '04 will address the critical technologies impacting IT professionals today – security, wireless, VoIP, WAN and the data center. For more information, please visit www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, COMNET Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global SeriesTM and Portable Power Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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