IDG Executive Forums Concludes Successful Vortex 2000; Announces Vortex Europe

SAN MATEO, CA – May 30, 2000 – The Vortex 2000 conference, which took place in Laguna Niguel, CA, last week, delivered three days of stimulating discussion on the state of the converging Internet, telephone and television networking industries. Vortex not only probed the issues of these converging networks, but this year also explored the nature of the content that will populate those networks, as well as converged devices, as Vortex debuted the first DEMO at Vortex Pavilion, highlighting 17 of the hottest convergence appliances selected by DEMO producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes.

Vortex 2000 speakers such as Joe Nacchio, CEO of Qwest Communications, made it clear that the convergence of three major industries is sparking a vast amount of innovation and investment, with a growing area of focus on wireless and fiber optics, versus last year’s emphasis on last-mile technologies such as DSL and cable. These technologies will provide the bandwidth and the access needed to support the converged industries.

Additionally, presentations by Jon DeVaan, vice president at Microsoft, Kathleen Earley, president of data and Internet services at AT&T, and other industry luminaries, attested that convergence is cutting across all industries. From TV, to enterprise networks, to consumer, to service provider, convergence is reshaping the US economy. Convergence is even coming to your car – as demonstrated when Joe Guglielmi of Motorola debuted the iRadio, a voice-activated convergence device for automobiles.

Vortex 2000 revealed that there is significant work still to be done on convergence. Technology, regulatory and application hurdles need to be overcome to propel us to true convergence, as FCC chairman William Kennard reminded the Vortex audience on Friday. There is great enthusiasm for the convergence of these industries and a sense that the money and innovation is going toward convergence, but much remains ahead, leading the Vortex community to eagerly anticipate Vortex 2001.

Vortex 2000’s twelve underwriters represent the leaders of the converging industries: 3Com, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group, Level 3, Lucent Technologies, Mayfield Fund, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Siemens and Sprint.

Vortex Europe to Bring Convergence Dialogue to European Vortex Community

Also today, IDG Executive Forums announced plans for Vortex Europe, which will take place October 31 through November 3, 2000, at Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo, Monaco. IDG chose to expand into Europe in response to the emerging need for high-level dialogue in the European convergence industries.

"Convergence is as much a reality in Europe as it is in the U.S., yet the European convergence industries face challenges and opportunities that are fundamentally different from those in the U.S.," said Lia Lorenzano, President IDG Executive Forums. "The time was right to spin off a Vortex conference devoted exclusively to the unique European convergence industries."

"The European audience wants to understand the convergence market not only in a North American or even international context, but in a forum specific to Europe," said Friedrich Roescheisen, Co-producer of Vortex Europe. "To meet this need, Vortex Europe will focus on the European market and its players – not simply European-based companies, but also international convergence leaders with a presence in Europe."

Topics to be addressed at Vortex Europe will include infrastructure, carrier markets, enterprise networks and consumers. Vortex Europe will be produced in partnership with Friedrich Roescheisen, Co-producer of Vortex Europe, Bob Metcalfe, Vice President Technology of IDG, and IDG Executive Forums.

For more information on the Vortex conferences, please visit the IDG Executive Forums web site at www.idgexecforums.com.

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. The company provides the industry analysis, information, insights and networking opportunities its customers need to excel in the fastest-paced marketplace in the world. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry’s premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company’s products include Agenda, Demo, DemoMobile, Vortex, Demo Executive Roundtable, and DemoLetter. IDG Executive Forums is a business unit of International Data Group, the world’s leading supplier of information services on information technology. Company information is available at www.idgexecforums.com.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

About Bob Metcalfe

Technology pundit Bob Metcalfe is a successful engineer, entrepreneur, educator, and opinion leader in the high-tech community. After graduating from MIT and Harvard, Metcalfe joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he invented Ethernet in 1973. Metcalfe is also noted for having founded 3Com Corporation, now a $5 billion global data networking company. In 1992 he joined the International Data Group where he serves as Vice President Technology and writer of an internationally syndicated weekly column in InfoWorld. In addition to Vortex, Metcalfe is the executive producer of Agenda, the annual gathering of the leaders of the computer industry.