IDG Expands Online Product Database in Germany, Enhances Search Capabilities

BOSTON, MA – MAY 16, 2001 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and information services company, today announced that IDG Germany has expanded its interactive product database and added new search capabilities. These enhancements make it easier for users to obtain pricing and other comparative data from objective sources on more than 80,000 computer and communications products.


Developed in an alliance with DCI AG, the database allows users to select appropriate products and search for suitable suppliers and prices. The database also provides test reports and objective recommendations from PC-WELT, the leading monthly PC magazine in Europe, and, IDG Germany’s Webzine for technically-oriented computer and communications professionals.

"The development and expansion of this product database represents the largest offering of its kind in Germany, and is another important milestone in the evolution of IDG’s online strategy in this country, "said York von Heimberg, managing director, IDG Magazine Verlag GmbH. "By adding to the breadth and depth of the range of products in this database, IDG further establishes itself as one of the most valuable resources for German IT professionals who are looking to learn about new technology products and make informed purchase decisions."

Following the purchase of products from the database, the extensive number of "tip" databases and solutions-oriented forums provide additional value-add services to users. Users can also use a wide variety of product specifications to refine their searches, as well as other criteria such as price, availability and feature sets to aid in the procurement decision-making process.

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 $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 85 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO and For Dummies(R) global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events in 35 countries, and research arm, IDC, provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Companyinformation is available at