IDC’s Second Annual Human Resources Forum to Showcase How Top Organizations Will Address the Impending Talent Gap

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 15, 2007 – The war for talent is being waged on all fronts with notable shortages in key positions such as IT, finance, and middle management. Attracting superior talent, as well as retaining and developing their organization's current workforce, have become the top priorities for today’s human resources executive.

Now in its second year, the IDC Human Resources Forum, to be held September 17, 2007 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.

In addressing the Forum theme, Talent Management: Attract, Develop and Retain, speakers will explore key topics including "Why Everyone is Talking about Talent Management," "HR Metrics," "How to Attract and Retain Talent During Bad Times," "How to add Strategic Value," "Leveraging the Employee Brand," "HR Outsourcing," "Diverse Strategies for Talent Management," and more. A partial list of speakers include:

* John M. Daniel, Executive Vice President, Employee Services, First Horizon National Corporation

* Janis Meyer, Partner, Employment Law Attorney/Litigator and General Counsel, Dewey Ballantine, LLP

* Anka E. Milin, Vice President, Compensation/Benefits, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

* Linda Miller, SVP, Marketing and Communications, Ultimate Software

* Anne Pepper, Vice President Human Resources, Mattress Discounters Corporation

* Alan Momeyer, Vice President Human Resources, Loews Corporation

* Tracy Poole, Director, Global Talent & Recruiting, Expedia, Inc.

* Lisa Rowan, Program Manager, HR and Talent Management Services, IDC

* Les Russell, Vice President of Human Resources, The Paradies Shops

* Nancy Stefanowicz, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, NFI Industries

"HR executives identified retention as the top talent challenge in a recent IDC research study," said Lisa Rowan, program manager, HR and Talent Management Services at IDC. "This conference is designed to bring together HR and IT executives to discuss effective strategies for bringing the right people in the door, developing the team you have, and approaches for keeping the best."

Sponsors and Partners of the IDC Human Resources Forum include Ultimate Software, ADP, Convergys, Veritude, SHL, ACS, and the Human Resources Outsourcing Association (HR/OA).

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC’s website http://www.idc.com/hreast07 . 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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