IDC Elevates Gantz to Chief Research Officer

FRAMINGHAM, MASS., MARCH 6, 2000 — Furthering its commitment to providing customers actionable and timely insights, IDC today announced it recently promoted John Gantz, currently an IDC senior vice president, to chief research officer (CRO), a new position within the company.

As CRO, Mr. Gantz oversees a corporate research group that manages all IDC's primary research, including its two flagship studies — the annual 17-country Global IT Survey and Project Atlas(TM), the world's largest Web-based survey of more than 28,000 people from 80 countries, which showed purchasing of goods and services over the Web from home surprisingly widespread but becoming common even in less-developed countries. Mr. Gantz's group develops market models to support IDC global, regional, and local research, and supervises major global research initiatives, such as IDC's Technology Integration Panel, and new ePanel programs. Mr. Gantz also manages IDC's cross-technology research on IT markets — which generates products like the IDC Black Book, the IDC/World Times Information Society Index, and numerous vertical market programs — and IDC's Services research.

"John's vast industry experience and service to IDC make him ideally suited for this role," said Kirk Campbell, IDC president and CEO. "John has been the driving force behind such global initiatives as the Internet Commerce Market Model and our annual Global IT Survey. His entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in research products like Project Atlas, which provide customers a tremendous amount of value and insight."

"Our dead-on forecasts are the direct result of IDC's unparalleled capabilities in primary research," said Mr. Gantz. "Not only does our global research organization have solid analyst and statistical expertise, but we have the ability to carry out surveys in more than 50 countries — using both Old and New Economy methodologies such as ePanels and Web-based surveys."

Prior to assuming this new role, Mr. Gantz was in charge of worldwide research and consulting in personal systems, consumer devices, workgroup and collaborative computing, and services. He is also a member of IDC's senior management committee, chief architect of the IDC Internet Commerce Market Model™, and one of IDC's chief spokespersons on broad technology and market issues. He co-founded IDC's annual Internet Executive Forum(TM), founded IDC's PC Market Outlook conferences, and speaks regularly at IDC's annual Directions conferences in the United States and around the world.

Before joining IDC in 1992, Mr. Gantz was vice president and chief analyst for Dataquest and director of that company's Software Research Group. Prior to joining Dataquest in 1991, Mr. Gantz was executive vice president of TFS, Inc., a custom research and consulting company he co-founded in 1983. Before TFS, Mr. Gantz was a vice president at IDC, where he managed newsletter operations and research programs in software and office automation.

Mr. Gantz is well known in the industry through his frequent speaking and consulting engagements and his bylined semimonthly column in Computerworld. He is frequently quoted in major business publications and interviewed on major news programs, and has had chairperson assignments at all major computer industry trade shows, including COMDEX, Internet Commerce Expo, ComNet, ITAA, NCGA, and PC Expo.

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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