IDC Announces New Flagship U.S. Event – IDC IT Forum & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 8, 2005 – IDC, the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries, today announced an important new industry event – the IDC IT Forum & Expo – to be held June 14-16, 2006 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Designed to provide IT and business executives with fresh perspectives on how technology can be used to transform business models and processes, the IDC IT Forum & Expo will combine industry-focused content tracks and case studies of successful technology implementations with in-depth workshops on cross-industry topics. In addition, the Forum will feature keynote speeches from industry thought leaders, including Jim Collins, best-selling author of Built to Last and Good to Great, and IDC's Chief Research Officer John Gantz.

"The IDC IT Forum & Expo was specifically developed to provide a blend of strategic vision and tactical expertise that attendees can use to both chart a course and to achieve their business transformation objectives," said Kirk Campbell, President and CEO of IDC. "We believe the conference will be extremely valuable to both line of business executives and technology executives looking to bring the full potential of technology to bear on their company's business models and processes."

The two-and-a-half day IDC IT Forum & Expo will also provide ample opportunities for attendees to participate in focused conversations with IDC analysts and their peers. Meanwhile, the exhibit hall will showcase the latest technology products and services from the industry's leading solution providers. Finally, for qualified IT executives, a two-day CIO Summit focusing on the imperatives of CIO success will be held in parallel with the conference.

"One of the things that sets the IDC IT Forum & Expo apart from other technology conferences is the wealth of information being provided across multiple levels," said Elizabeth Cutler, vice president of U.S. Conferences at IDC. "Attendees can look at their most pressing issues from a wide range of perspectives – tactical, strategic, industry-specific, and solutions-oriented – and come away from the conference with a more complete understanding of how to overcome their particular challenges."

The agenda for the IDC IT Forum & IT Expo was developed by a National Advisory Board assembled by IDC. The board included line of business executives and IT executives from some of the nation's leading organizations, such as JP Morgan Chase, Dole Food Company, Liberty Mutual, Tufts University and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Agenda details include:

· Topic forums focusing on complex IT challenges and solutions:

— Maximizing IT Flexibility and Responsiveness

— Implementing Solutions That Align IT and Business Objectives

— Assessing, Integrating and Using Emerging Technologies

— Maximizing the Business Benefits of Content Management

· Industry-specific forums addressing key issues and best practices:

— Financial Services

— Healthcare

— Manufacturing

· End-user case studies from early adopters of technology in various vertical markets

· In-depth workshops that delve deeper into topics such as compliance, leadership & negotiation, SOA, and open source

Media and association partners of the IDC IT Forum & Expo include: ComputerWorld, Health-IT World, Health Management Technology, InfoWorld, KM World, Managing Automation, Manufacturing Business Technology, Technology Review, The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), The Wall Street Journal, and WITI.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact Amy Catalogna at 508-935-4116 or acatalogna@idc.com.

Additional information about the IDC IT Forum & Expo can be found at www.idcITexpo.com . To register, please call 800-605-5849 or 978-597-0133.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 775 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 40 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com.

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