IDC’s Directions 2006: Seizing Opportunities in a Connected World

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 16, 2006 – Globalization has created a wealth of opportunities for organizations to pursue new markets, reduce operational costs, and increase profits. As the world becomes more and more interconnected, these opportunities will continue to grow. The impact of globalization on IT providers and users will be explored at IDC's Directions 2006 – Agenda for a Shrinking Globe: Seizing Opportunities in a Connected World. The 41st annual IDC Directions conferences will be held March 2, 2006 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass., and March 7, 2006 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Underlying the continued progress of globalization are a number of IT and communications trends that will reshape the IT industry, and disrupt the unprepared, for years to come. IDC's Chief Research Officer John Gantz will open the conference with a sweeping look at the "shrinking globe" and how our increasing connectedness brings with it a host of unintended consequences. "Despite modest IT spending growth, the IT landscape as we know it today will soon be unrecognizable," said Gantz. "IDC is tracking fundamental changes everywhere from the data center to the software industry to content providers."

The other general session speakers will look more closely at some of the key trends reshaping the landscape for both providers and users of IT. Shiv Bakhshi, Ph.D., Director of Mobility research, will explore the ways in which mobile communications are changing, and in turn being changed by, the emerging global marketplace. Amy Konary, Program Director for Software Pricing, Licensing, and Delivery, will show how the software industry is evolving to meet the challenges presented by new business models, such as software as a service, subscription software, and open source licensing. And Senior Vice President of Research Frank Gens will offer a close look at how well organizations are faring in their transition to the dynamic enterprise.

The conference's closing keynote speech will be delivered by economist, professor, author, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who will share his thoughts on the role of China and India in the new global economy.

In addition to the general sessions outlined above, Directions 2006 will offer 30 topic-focused sessions and briefings spread across six tracks – with an additional consumer trends track in San Jose. Each session will feature IDC analysts offering the latest market intelligence and advice based on IDC's worldwide research. Directions 2006 will also feature a Research Pavilion where conference attendees can informally meet with IDC analysts to discuss issues and ideas.

IDC's annual Directions conferences have earned the reputation of being among the most important industry events of the year, drawing thousands of IT suppliers, professionals, and executive decision-makers worldwide. In addition to the two U.S. conferences, IDC hosts regional Directions conferences throughout Asia/Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

For additional information or to register for either Directions 2006 conference, please visit www.idc.com/directions06/boston or www.idc.com/directions06/sanjose . Registration is also available by telephone at 800-605-5849 or 978-597-0133.

Complimentary press passes to Directions 2006 are available to qualified members of the media. To request a pass, please contact IDC's public relations team at 508-935-4200 or press@idc.com.

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