IDC Launches Finance Performance Management Forum for CFO’s and Finance Executives

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 7, 2005 – Finance is facing intense pressures to deliver on multiple fronts around the execution of performance management and corporate strategy, management reporting and analysis, and increased compliance responsibility, from statutory reporting to the execution of legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, IFRS, and multiple tax laws.

On September 22, 2005, the IDC Finance Performance Management Forum: Transforming the Finance Function through Technology, Compliance & Business Assurance, offers a one-day interactive conference for Finance, Compliance and IT executives evaluating how technology can be used to achieve business value and information transparency to support financial and management reporting, strategy execution, performance management, and sustainable compliance. The conference, to be held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York, NY, includes case study presentations around the latest solutions available and best practices implementation, featuring insights from IDC analysts, finance executives and industry experts. Questions to be answered include:

— How are best practice organizations approaching projects and creating roadmaps around Finance Transformation?

— What are the key technologies enabling Finance Transformation and in achieving business value?

— What solutions are available around Reporting and Analytics, Planning and Budgeting, and Scorecarding and Management Dashboarding?

— What metrics can be used to measure the return on investment and what organizations are seeing ROI?

— How are organizations implementing and managing compliance solutions in support of SOX 404 and Basel II? How are multiple compliance initiatives impacting organizations?

The Forum features an outstanding line-up of speakers, including presentations by executives from Axentis, Beckman Coulter, Guitar Center, IDC, Liberty Healthcare Group, Life Science Insights, Longview Solutions, MCI, Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG), TIAA-CREF, and more.

In addition to providing the latest news, research, and case studies, the conference offers an important opportunity for attendees to network with their peers and to discuss the challenges and solutions faced in the real world.

Sponsors and Partners of the IDC Finance Performance Management Forum include: Axentis, Longview Solutions, the Institute of Management Accountants, Women in Technology Institute, Compliance Week, Financial Executive Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

For more information or to register for the IDC Finance Performance Management Forum, please go to http://www.idc.com/fpmforum05. Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Dana Basilone at 508-988-6891 or dbasilone@idc.com.

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