IDC’s Industry Insights Companies Reveal Top 10 Predictions for 2008 ; New Research Provides Essential Strategic Technology Guidance for Industry Leaders Across Energy, Financial Services, Government, Health, Manufacturing, and Retail

DECEMBER 18, 2007 – IDC

WHO: Leading industry analysts from IDC’s Industry Insights companies will join forces to present a series of Web conferences announcing the Top 10 Predictions in 2008 for executives in manufacturing, retail, health, financial services, energy, and government.

The series kicks off on January 7, 2008 with a cross-industry discussion hosted by Meredith Whalen, group Vice President and General Manager of IDC’s Vertical Market Business Units. The panel features research experts from six industries, including:

* Julio Gomez, Vice President of Research, Financial Insights;

* Scott Lundstrom, Vice President of Research, Health Industry Insights;

* Rick Nicholson, Vice President of Research, Energy Insights;

* Bob Parker, Vice President of Research, Manufacturing Insights;

* Teresa Bozzelli, COO and General Manager, Government Insights; and

* Scott Langdoc, Vice President of Research, Global Retail Insights.

WHAT: Industry Insights' Top 10 Predictions are annual Web conferences hosted by IDC's industry-specific research companies, covering energy, financial services, government, health, retail, and manufacturing. Discussions focus on how the Top 10 Predictions in each segment will impact technology spending patterns, organizational structures, and overall industry performance.

WHEN: Web conferences begin Monday, January 7, 2008 and are all delivered in U.S. Eastern time.

Monday, January 7: 12:00 pm Industry Insights Predictions for 2008 (a cross-industry discussion)

Monday, January 7 1:30 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Financial Services Industry in 2008

Tuesday, January 8: 12:00 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Manufacturing Industry in 2008

Tuesday, January 8: 1:30 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Retail Industry in 2008

Wednesday, January 9: 12:00 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Health Industry in 2008

Thursday, January 10: 12:00 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Energy Industry in 2008

Friday, January 11: 12:00 pm Top 10 Predictions for the Government Industry in 2008

WHERE: For registration and Web conference details, visit:

For more information on the Top 10 Predictions series, go to

About IDC's Industry Insights Companies

Energy Insights, an IDC Company, provides full coverage of the energy industry value chain from upstream to retail activities. Staffed by senior analysts with significant technology experience in the energy industry, Energy Insights provides a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs.

Financial Insights, an IDC company, covers retail and corporate banking, capital markets, and the insurance segments of financial services both on a global and regional basis.

Global Retail Insights, an IDC company, assists retail industry executives and vendors serving retailers, to achieve competitive differentiation and market success through business-driven technology investments. Provides merchant-centric strategies to enable better offerings from vendors and more effective technology investment by retailers.

Government Insights, an IDC company, provides full coverage of the government value change and a portfolio of research and advisory services that are relevant to the needs of both the government and IT vendor communities.

Health Industry Insights, an IDC company, provides coverage of the entire health industry value chain and closely follows the payer, provider, and life sciences markets with special emphasis on developing and employing strategies that leverage IT investments to maximize organizational performance.

Manufacturing Insights, an IDC Company, follows processes associated with the design, development, and distribution of goods across markets including Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, High Tech/Electronics Manufacturing, Consumer Package Goods, and Retail.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 900 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 90 countries worldwide. For more than 43 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting .

NOTE TO EDITORS / REPORTERS: Experts from each industry are available for interviews. Please contact Sarah Murray to arrange your one-on-one briefing.