IDC and ITworld.com Extend Strategic Partnership, Form New Web Channel and Weekly Webcast

SOUTHBOROUGH, MASS. – APRIL 19, 2000 – ITworld.com, the IT problem-solving network, today announced it has significantly expanded its strategic partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC) a leading provider of IT data, insight and advice with the addition of IDC’s IT Advisor, a comprehensive Web channel on the ITworld.com Network, and a weekly Webcast featuring IDC’s high-profile analysts.

As the latest addition to the ITworld.com Network, IDC’s IT Advisor will combine the best IDC content, analysis and data designed to help IT executives with their purchasing, management and technology deployment decisions.

Also announced today, IDC and ITworld.com will launch a weekly Webcast beginning in June. Top IDC analysts including John Gantz, Frank Gens, Rick Villars and Tom Oleson will discuss the latest market, business and technology trends in a unique, interactive format that encourages audience participation. As with all of the Webcasts on the ITworld.com Network, it will be produced on ITworld.com’s ITwebcast platform and will include live audio, live-from-tape video clips, a multi-dimensional slide presentation, live Web pages and audience interactive polling.

This is the next phase in the evolution of the strategic partnership between IDC and ITworld.com. Since its launch in February, ITworld.com has been providing enterprise IT professionals with targeted email newsletters produced by IDC for ITworld.com members. Working together, IDC and ITworld.com will extend the information resources available to enterprise IT professionals through IDC’s new IT Advisor channel, the weekly IDC Webcast and two new email newsletters, IDC's ASP Advisor and IDC's eBusiness Trends.

With this announcement, we are taking our partnership with IDC to an important new level one that will have tremendous impact on IT professionals. For the first time, Web users have access to industry-leading data and insight from IDC and can participate in discussions with high-profile analysts in an interactive forum, said Bill Reinstein, president and CEO of ITworld.com. This is another example of ITworld.com breaking new ground in providing Web content that enables enterprise IT professionals to make more informed, critical decisions.

Partnering with ITworld.com enables IDC to reach out to a broad yet targeted audience of enterprise IT professionals who are exploring ways to capitalize on doing business in the new economy, said Kirk Campbell, president and CEO of IDC. We are excited about expanding our relationship with ITworld.com as we work together to solve the problems that keep IT professionals up at night.

ITworld.com, recently named a Hot Site by USA TODAY, launched its first editorial Webcast series, Live From the Ether, featuring Bob Metcalfe and currently sponsored by Compaq Computer Corporation. Stay tuned for more Webcast programs to be announced by ITworld.com.

About ITworld.com

Launched on February 15, 2000, ITworld.com is the Internet's most comprehensive Web-based information network for enterprise IT professionals, providing a wide array of informative content and business services necessary to stay current and competitive in today's market. A business unit of International Data Group (IDG), world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company, ITworld.com is the IT problem-solving network.

At the core of the ITworld.com Network lies content from the IDG News Service and IDC, and relevant articles from the IDG family of trusted brands, including CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Network World. The site also provides original developer content from JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, and SunWorld. As such, ITworld.com users have a direct path to a multi-dimensional spectrum of resources including vendor-supplied white papers and product information, industry news, career solutions, and training tools providing the user with IT peripheral vision. For more information, please see www.itworld.com.

About IDC

IDC delivers dependable, relevant, and high-impact data and insight on information technology to help organizations make sound business and technology decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide IT markets and technology trends and analyzes IT products and vendors, using a combination of rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC is committed to providing global research with local content through more than 500 analysts in 43 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, and the financial community. Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.

IDC is a division of International Data Group, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company.

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