IDG Expands Its Industry Leading Line-Up Of Conferences Addressing Internet, E-Commerce Issues

BOSTON, MA, JULY 19, 1999 — With the debut of IDG’s newest Internet conference, Internet Summit 99, IDG, the world’s leading media and information services company, extends its portfolio of conferences, events and tradeshows that focus on the issues, opportunities and developments within the Internet, e-commerce and communications industries. With a more extensive reach than any other event organizer in the world, IDG also produces Internet Commerce Expo, the leading eBusiness trade show and conference, as well as Vortex and ComNet — both addressing distinct issues within the rapidly changing telecommunications, networking and Internet industries. The new IDG conference, Internet Summit 99, which kicked off July 18 in Laguna Niguel, CA extended IDG’s portfolio as the world’s leading producer of Internet conferences.

"The rapid growth of the Internet as a primary information, communications and commerce vehicle calls for an ever-increasing need for timely, relevant information that enable organizations to make sound, strategic business and technical decisions," said Kelly Conlin, IDG President and CEO. "This point is underscored by the tremendous growth of IDG’s global family of Internet-focused conferences and events."

IDG is the only company offering a complete portfolio of Internet-related events, from executive-level conferences for the Internet industry, including the Internet Summit and Vortex, to larger events for buyers of Internet-based technology solutions, including Internet Commerce Expo and ComNet.

Internet Summit 99 Joins Growing Family of IDG Internet Conferences

The exclusive, by-invitation-only conference for senior executives in the Internet industry, Internet Summit 99 debuted on July 18. The conference is a rigorous and focused event with presentations, interviews, and panel discussions centered on the success or failure of Internet business models, the state of the Internet, and opportunities in the new Internet Economy. Produced in partnership by IDG’s The Industry Standard, the weekly newsmagazine of the Internet Economy, and the IDG Conference Management Company, Internet Summit 99 is hosted by two of the foremost thinkers in the Internet Economy — Mary Meeker, top-rated Internet analyst from Morgan Stanley, and Bill Gurley, general partner at Benchmark Capital and a highly respected business columnist. For more information on Internet Summit 99, please visit:

Internet Commerce Expo Tackles eBusiness Challenges

Internet Commerce Expo is the leading eBusiness trade show and conference focusing on Internet Commerce, Intranets, Extranets and Web-based business solutions. Scheduled for October 18-21, 1999, the event will, for the first time, be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, reflecting the growth and increasing influence of the conference. More than 15,000 attendees are expected including business users and IT professionals responsible for evaluating Web-based technologies and applications to advance productivity and profitability gains in the eBusiness enterprise.

The four-day conference and three-day exposition will provide a unique networking and educational experience focusing on the most compelling business and technical issues pertaining to eBusiness success. Keynote addresses will be given by Lou Dobbs, CEO of and Paul Otellini, General Manager of Intel. Event highlights include: The ICE Greenhouse, which features the latest in innovative Internet products and services that will make an impact on the future of the Internet industry, and the ICE "Best Of" Awards, that recognize the industry’s best products and services. For more information, please visit:

ComNet Showcases the Future of Enterprise Networking

Scheduled for January 25-27, 2000 in Washington DC, ComNet will offer new perspectives and developments in networking and telecommunications communications industry. It is the only event which combines the products, services and technologies used in deploying private and public networks with the tools for harnessing the power of the public networks within the enterprise. ComNet/DC 2000 will address the explosion of the Internet, the convergence of voice, video and data, bandwidth, network reliability, security and storage issues and integrating new Internet- based technologies and applications with your existing network structure.

Nearly 50,000 attended ComNet/DC held Jan. 25 – 28, 1999 at the Washington, DC Convention Center and Washington, DC Renaissance Hotel. Of the 420 companies that exhibited, more than 300 new products and services were launched. Keynote speakers included C. Michael Armstrong, AT&T, John Chambers, Cisco Systems and John Sidgmore, UUNET/MCI WorldCom. For information please visit ComNet’s web site at

Vortex Addresses the Convergence of Internet, Telephone, Television

Vortex is an executive conference aimed at confronting business issues arising from the convergence of the Internet, telephone, and television industries. Vortex is by invitation only for a select group of senior industry executives, government policy makers, investment analysts, and journalists. Vortex 2000 is scheduled for May 23-26, 2000 in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Vortex 99, held in May of this year, provided an ideal venue for communication and collaboration, debate and discussion. Bob Metcalfe, producer of the second-annual Vortex conference, opened the conference with a call for bridge building between the three industries and then outlined the issues to be explored during the conference, including deployment of broadband facilities; the evolution of Internet service providers and competition among them; quality of service; and the forecasts regarding the Internet stock bubble. Vortex99 featured 45 speakers and panelists, ranging from America Online Chief Technology Officer Marc Andreessen to 20th Century Fox CIO Justin Yaros. For more information, please visit

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.35 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 700 book titles in 75 countries, led by Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World and Channel World global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 240 targeted web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and its research arm, International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at