IDC’s Human Resources Forum Brings Together HR and IT Executives to Discuss Latest Strategies for Talent Management in a Competitive Marketplace

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 9, 2006 – As the economy shows solid growth and we face a shrinking workforce, the war for talent is heating up with fewer knowledgeable candidates available to fill key positions and fewer workers entering the job market to replace retirees. The inaugural IDC Human Resources Forum, scheduled on September 19, 2006 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City will bring together senior HR and IT executives to learn how organizations can address this coming talent gap and how retaining and developing superior talent impacts corporate success and growth.

Featuring case studies and real-world perspectives from end users, IDC analysts, and industry experts, the conference agenda offers comprehensive coverage on how companies are attracting and retaining the right workers as well as the latest services and technologies available to identify, secure, and retain the best talent.

"The war for talent is heating up. Recent IDC research indicates that recruiters are seeing greater shortages of candidates across many job titles," said Lisa Rowan, Program Manager, HR and Talent Management Services at IDC. "This conference has been designed to bring senior HR and IT executives together to learn about best practices for attracting and retaining the right workers as well as the latest services and technologies available to identify, secure, and retain top talent. By putting effective talent strategies in place, today's organizations will be better armed to do battle."

In addressing the Forum theme, Strategies and Technologies to Acquire, Retain and Engage Talent, speakers will explore key topics including "The War for Talent"; "How to Get Voted the #1 Place to Work"; "The Intersection of Hiring and Technology"; "The Ultimate Competitive Workforce"; and "Getting Through the Immigration Maze to Secure the Best and Brightest."

A partial list of speakers include:

— Charles D. Baker, President and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.

— Laura Booth, VP Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS, Coach

— Cindy Cleveland, VP, Manager of Talent Development and Employee Communications, First Horizon

— Susan Conlon, Director of Human Resources, Citigroup Alternative Investments, Citigroup

— Dan L. Hilbert, Managing Director, Staffing, Workforce Planning and College Intern Program, Valero Energy Corporation

— Beverly Kaye, Founder & CEO, Career Systems International

— Eleanor Lyons, VP, Senior Learning and Development Consultant, Merrill Lynch

— John H. Madigan, VP, Staffing and Corporate University, The Hartford Financial Group

— Janis Meyer, Partner, Employment Law Attorney and Litigator, Dewey Ballantine, LLP

— Eleanor Pelta, Managing Director, Morgan Lewis Resources, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP

— Raymona L. Stickell, Director, Competitive Sourcing, Internal Revenue Service

— Neal S. Wendel, Senior Generalist Global Investment Bank Technology Organization, and Technology for the Americas, Credit Suisse

Sponsors and Partners of the IDC Human Resources Forum include Ultimate Software, Monster, Veritude, Peopleclick, Taleo, Convergys, Plateau, SuccessFactors, Human Capital Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Women in Technology International

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC's website http://www.idc.com/hrforum06 . Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Lisa O'Brien at 508-988-7557 or lobrien@idc.com.

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