IDG Covers Emerging Service Provider Market with Industry’s Broadest Array of Information Resources

BOSTON, MA – JULY 2, 2001 – Targeting the $106 billion service provider market – dubbed the xSP market by IDC – International Data Group (IDG) has developed the industry's most comprehensive set of information services, including conferences and events; print and online publications; email newsletters; research services, webcasts and online resource centers.


According to a recent IDC report, the xSP market is expected to flourish over the next several years, growing from $106 billion in 2000 to more than $450 billion in 2005. xSP services are emerging to address various needs within the corporate, government, education, nonprofit and small office/home office markets. xSPs – which include application service providers (ASPs), Internet service providers (ISPs), managed service providers (MSPs), network service providers (NSPs), and storage service providers (SSPs), among others – represent one of the fastest-growing sectors of the technology industry today.

"Increasing availability of broadband, the convergence of telecommunications and IT, and even the current economic climate are generating a renewed interest in IT outsourcing and driving the rapid growth among service providers," said Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. "As with other emerging IT trends and technologies, IDG developed a broad array of resources designed to inform and educate IT professionals on companies, technologies and issues that are shaping this nascent industry."

Providing Data, Insight, Award-Winning Coverage

Targeted at key decision-makers, IDG offers a wide range of information resources – from research reports, breaking news and case studies, to webcasts, events and telebriefings – on ASPs and other segments of service providers.

Select IDG offerings include:

· IDC features research reports, bulletins, newsletters, special interest groups and telebriefings that provided data, forecasts and analysis on the service provider market. IDC recently released a bulletin entitled, "xSP Market: Preliminary Worldwide Forecast and Analysis, 2000 and 2005," looking the size of the xSP market, growth forecasts, and the factors driving and inhibiting growth in each segment. The bulletin divides the overall xSP market into the following segments: business process providers, content service providers, development environment service providers, ASPs, system infrastructure service providers and NSPs.

· On May 7, IDC launched a Global xSP Special Interest Group (SIG) and a new research program to provide continuous analysis of this new delivery model and its impact on the IT industry.

· Network World provides continuous coverage of the service provider market through its weekly print publication and online web companion,, and The Edge, a resource that serves Network World's traditional enterprise audience as well as decision makers in the service provider arena – delivering news, analysis and information to help them remain competitive in this emerging market.

· Computerworld has several online Resource Centers on various topics relating to the service provider market such as ASP/Outsourcing and ISP/Telecommunications. They each feature a free email newsletter, research links, event listings, and third-party content for training resources, white papers and analyst reports.

· IDG's ESPWorld Conference & Expo in Washington D.C. is the premiere end-user event for end-to-end outsourcing solutions. The conference and expo take place from January 28-31, 2002, and is designed to offer the entire range of outsourcing products and services and will help determine enterprise service provider strategies for the end user and their business.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company. With annual revenues of $3.1 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld /InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO global product lines. (, IDG's Technology Directory, covers the world's largest network of technology specific web sites, comprised of more than 300 IDG sites in 70 countries. IDG also produces 168 technology-related events including IDG World Expo's Macworld Conference & Expo. Research arm IDC provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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