Entries Now Open for COMNET New Product Achievement Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 9, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced new categories and judges for the New Product Achievement Awards at COMNET 2003. Entries are now being accepted for the Awards, which will be presented at the upcoming COMNET Conference & Expo, taking place January 27-30, 2003 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.


The 12th annual COMNET New Product Achievement Awards will recognize the best new products making their public debut at COMNET 2003. This year, the program will feature two new product categories to reflect the changing landscape of the communications networking industry. For the first time, New Product Achievement Awards will be presented to the Best New Network Storage Product or Service, Best New Web Services Product or Service and Best Internet/Intranet Product or Service. Other product categories include:

Best New Security Product or Service

Best New Network Management Product

Best New Carrier or WAN Service or Product

Best New LAN or Internetworking Product

Best New Network Infrastructure Product

Best New Wireless Product

Entries will be evaluated on the basis of innovation, industry contribution, integration with current product lines, migration capabilities, support provided and return on investment. Three finalists in each category will be selected prior to the event, and winners will be announced in a ceremony held on the COMNET show floor on Thursday, January 30.

Finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprising leading members of the trade and business press, industry research firms and academia. This year, three new judges have been added to the panel, including Greg MacArthur, president of Viewpoint; Lew McCreary, editor-in-chief of Chief Security Officer magazine; and Steve Steinke, editor-in-chief of Network Magazine. Veteran New Product Achievement Awards judges include John Dix, editor-in-chief of Network World; Maryfran Johnson, editor-in-chief of Computerworld; Bill Laberis, president of Bill Laberis Associates; John McConnell, president of McConnell Associates; Rob Preston, publisher of Network Computing; and Rick Sturm, president of Enterprise Management Solutions.

"We have recruited the top minds in the industry to help us determine the very best new products in communications networking," said Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo vice president of sales, marketing and product development. "The COMNET New Product Achievement Awards have long set a standard for excellence, identifying the most innovative products and companies driving the future of communications networking. By adding new product categories and bringing a fresh perspective to the judging process, we're making sure that the New Product Achievement Awards remain relevant in this evolving industry."

The COMNET New Product Achievement Awards are open to all companies exhibiting at COMNET 2003. To submit a product for consideration, complete the online form at http://www.comnetexpo.com/comnetexpo/V33/index.cvn?id=10131&p_navID=34. The deadline for entries is December 23, 2002.

For more information on the New Product Achievement Awards and COMNET 2003, visit http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2003

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is a catalyst for buyers and sellers in the communications networking industry to connect with the newest technologies and meet the experts driving the industry to a prosperous future. COMNET empowers network executives, service providers, carriers, suppliers/resellers and government agencies to make informed technology decisions for their network infrastructure at the beginning of each year. COMNET 2003 is a prime opportunity to learn from successful implementations of new technologies, with a special focus on security, web services, storage and wireless infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld 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.