IBM Backs SaaScon With Cornerstone Sponsorship

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 26, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced its line-up of initial sponsors and exhibitors for SaaScon. Commitments from IBM, Microsoft and other industry leaders reinforces the demand and enthusiasm for an event that will provide real case studies and strategies to help business and technical professionals plan for and implement SaaS solutions. The inaugural SaaScon event is scheduled to take place September 25-26, 2006 at the San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, CA.

IBM has committed to the conference as a Cornerstone sponsor, with additional exhibitors and sponsors to date including BMC Software, Business Objects, Microsoft, NaviSite, Pervasive Software, Qualys, Success Factors, WebEx and Webmetrics. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to network with these sponsors during the "Sponsor Showcase" and learn about the latest products and service solutions being offered in the software as a service industry.

"IBM is committed to helping our clients and partners make the transition to an Internet delivery model. While this unfolds new market opportunities, IBM recognizes that it can pose technical challenges," said Buell Duncan, General Manager, ISV and Developer Relations at IBM. "We are dedicated to the success of our channel network, helping them understand the technical and business benefits of transitioning to a software as a service model, finding new ways to manage change and support their customers while lowering the costs of doing business to maximize profits."

The inaugural event will feature multiple conference tracks over two days. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

— Building the Business Case for SaaS

— Ten Questions To Ask a Prospective SaaS Vendor

— The Skeptical CIO: Evaluating SaaS at the C-Level Suite

— Emerging Categories of SaaS Applications

— Safeguarding user data in a SaaS architecture

— Achieving A Peaceful Migration To (And From!) SaaS

SaaScon is designed for business and technical professionals seeking to learn about the latest offerings from providers and how they can incorporate SaaS offerings into their business environments. The conference will also offer real-world examples of SaaS implementations across a broad spectrum of industries.

For more information or to register for the event, visit .

About SaaScon

SaaScon is the premier event for business and IT professional seeking to dramatically lower capital expenses, produce recurring revenue and streamline product delivery and support through the Software as a Service model. SaaS is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a web-based service, removing the need for organizations to handle the installation, set-up and maintenance while significantly reducing costs. For information or to register for the event, visit the SaaScon Web site at . For exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Giovanni Stein at 508-424-4864 or

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