IDC’s Industry Insights Companies Reveal Top Predictions for 2007

JANUARY 3, 2007 –

WHO: Next week, thought leaders from IDC's Industry Insights companies will join forces to present a series of web conferences announcing the Top 10 Predictions in 2007 for executives in manufacturing, health, financial services, energy and government.

The web conference series kicks off on January 8, 2007 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 five industries, including:

— David Cox, Group Vice President, 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; and

— Thom Rubel, Practice Director, Government Insights.

WHAT: Industry Insights' Top 10 Predictions is an annual web conference series hosted by IDC's five industry-specific research companies, covering energy, financial services, government, health and manufacturing. Discussions focus on how the Top 10 Predictions in each of these segments will impact technology spending patterns, organizational structures, and industry performance.

WHERE: For registration and web conference details, visit:

For a list of Financial Insights' web conferences, go to

WHEN: Web conferences begin Monday, January 8, 2007 and run daily at 12:00 p.m. ET:

Monday, January 8: Industry Insights Predictions for 2007 (a cross-industry discussion)

Tuesday, January 9: Top 10 Predictions for the Manufacturing Industry in 2007

Wednesday, January 10: Top 10 Predictions for the Health Industry in 2007

Thursday, January 11: Energy Insights Top 10 Predictions for 2007

Friday, January 12: Worldwide Government Top 10 Predictions for 2007

NOTE TO EDITOR: Experts from each industry are available for interview. Please contact Lori Piscatelli Scanlon at 774.217.1330 to schedule time.

About IDC's Industry Insights Companies

IDC's Industry Insights companies provide industry executives with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable information technology (IT) and business executives to maximize the business value of their technology investments. Industry Insights cover the industry value chain for manufacturing, energy, healthcare, financial services and government. Staffed by senior analysts with extensive experience in these industries, Industry Insights provide a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 775 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 40 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 .