IDC Announces New Industry-Specific Conference for IT Suppliers

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 6, 2007 – IDC's Industry Insights(TM) companies, a series of industry-specific research and advisory firms, announces the inaugural Industry Insights 07 conference, being held March 5, 2007 at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. This half-day conference will bring together the nation's top information technology (IT) suppliers to discuss "Optimizing Industry Go-To-Market Strategies" across five specific sectors, including energy, financial services, government, health and manufacturing.

"Today's IT supplier is faced with both significant challenges and major opportunities when it comes to industry selling," says Kirk Campbell, president and CEO of IDC. "This new conference is designed to let suppliers share what's working and what's not in their respective industries, as well as arm them with recent research and expert perspectives on these issues."

In a series of dedicated industry tracks, more than 20 senior analysts from IDC's Industry Insights companies will present the latest research of technology buying behavior and examine ways to help suppliers align their business strategies with buyers' needs and investment priorities. Conference organizers also lined up top thought leaders in each of the five industries to speak to suppliers on how to best address the needs and priorities of today's IT executive.

Confirmed conference speakers (to date) include:

— Mary Ames, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Zenith Insurance Company

— Dean Brown, CIO, Principal Bank

— Dennis Fishback, Senior Vice President and CIO, Calpine Corporation

— Tom Fisher, Vice President of IT, Qualcomm

— Bob Haycock, former CIO, National Business Center, U.S. Department of Interior

— Michael L. Moore, CIO, County of San Diego, California

— Randy Murphy, Acting CIO, City of San Jose, California

— Wayne Sadin, Chairman & CEO, Delphic Consulting (former Chief Technology Officer, Fifth Third Bank)

— Bettylynn Stoops, Senior Director General, Corporate Services Office, Service Canada

— Conrad Eustis, Director of Retail Technology Development, Portland General Electric Company

For a current list of speakers and conference agenda, go to http://www.idc.com/insights07

The Industry Insights '07 conference precedes IDC's 42nd annual Directions conference ( www.idc.com/directions07 ). The event, "Directions 2007: Finding Opportunities in an Era of Disruption," takes place on March 6, 2007 at the San Jose Convention Center and will convene IDC's leading analysts to address growing uncertainties and growth opportunities in today's technology market.

ABOUT IDC'S INDUSTRY INSIGHTS COMPANIES

IDC's Industry Insights companies provide industry executives with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable information technology (IT) and business executives to maximize the business value of their technology investments. Industry Insights cover the industry value chain for energy, financial services, government, health and manufacturing. Staffed by senior analysts with extensive experience in these industries, Industry Insights provide a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs.

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are a member of the media interested in attending the conference, you must be credentialed prior to arrival. Pre-arranged, on-site and remote media opportunities are available; please contact Lori Piscatelli Scanlon at 508.935.4376 for details and credentialing.

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