IDC’s Tenth European IT Forum to Look Beyond the New Frontier of the Internet Economy

LONDON – MAY 19, 2000 – Toward the end of the last millennium, Europe demonstrated a remarkable ability to leap forward and capture a leading position in the digital race. As a new “Gold Rush” begins, European companies must continue and even accelerate the pace of change as they move toward, and beyond, the new frontier of the Internet economy. IDC's European IT Forum, now in its tenth year, will bring together the key elements that will enable European industry to recover its leading role in the worldwide economy by taking advantage of the ebusiness revolution. This prestigious event is scheduled for September 11-13, 2000, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

"The last four years were the era of Web discovery," said Roberto Masiero, president of IDC EMEA. "The next four years will be the time of industrial consolidation and competition in this age of Internet 2.0. The development of the Internet economy in this period will affect a number of strategic economic areas such as updating business infrastructure and upgrading IT infrastructure." This year's IT Forum will focus on how the ebusiness revolution will affect these main areas and provide major business opportunities for Europe in the immediate future.

One of the keynote speakers, IDC's Frank Gens, senior vice president of Internet research, predicts that in 2000, European dot-com companies will invade the United States. "Such pan-European companies are well ahead of their U.S. counterparts in dealing with international commerce issues such as language, currency, regulations, logistics, and culture," he said.

In addition to the dot-coms, another key issue to be examined at this year's Forum will be how to replicate the phenomenal success of the Silicon Valley model in Europe. Leading entrepreneurs, economists, venture capitalists, merchant bankers, Internet executives, and gurus, as well as politicians, will debate how this model can be instrumental in achieving even greater business success in Europe.

Keynote Speakers Include:

· Patrick McGovern, Founder and Chairman, IDG

· Gary Hamel, Professor, Harvard Business School

· Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

· Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Dell Computer Corporation

· Ola Ahlvarsson, Founder and CEO, Result Venture Knowledge International

· Stephan Schambach, Founder, President and CEO, INTERSHOP Communications

· Alexander Straub, Founder and Vice-Chairman, Mondus.com

· Jesus Cid, General Manager, Terra Networks

· Jan Steenkamp, CEO, Open TV

· Alex Berger, Chairman and CEO, Canal New Media

· Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends

· Prof. ir. Roel Pieper, Partner, Insight Capital Partners Europe

· Elserino Piol, Partner, Pino Ventures & Partners

· Rodolfo Carpintier, President, CommerceNet Español and Vice President of Netjuice

· Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Elderstreet Investments Ltd & Chairman, Sage

· Michael Earl, Professor of Information Management, London Business School

· Cees G. van Luijk, President & CEO, Getronics

· Michael D. Capellas, President & CEO, Compaq Computer Corporation

· Steve Ballmer, President and CEO, Microsoft Corp.

· Dr. Erwin Koenigs, Chairman & CEO, Software AG

· Van B. Honeycutt, Chairman, President and CEO, Computer Sciences Corporation

· Dr. Friedrich Froeschl, President & CEO, Siemens Business Services

· Professor Nicholas Negroponte, Founder & Director, MIT’s Media Lab

A full agenda, including speaker details, topic areas, and booking information, for the European IT Forum, as well as other European IDC events, can be found at http://emea.idc.com/forum/events.htm. For complimentary press registration, please contact Mathew Heath on +44 20 8987 7107 or mheath@idc.com.

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