IDG Germany Inks Deal For E-Commerce Platform

BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 12, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and information services company, today announced that German subsidiary IDG Interactive has forged an agreement that will soon bring www.tecchannel.de and www.pcwelt.de readers detailed information about nearly all IT products available in Germany. The product database, operated jointly with DCI Database for Commerce and Industry AG, debuted at the SYSTEMS 2000 show in Munich, Germany.

 

The database features more than 60,000 computer and networking products and will be expanded in the next few months into an e-commerce platform that will span the entire German IT market. Currently, the database contains complete technical specifications for each product along with direct links to computer dealers and manufacturers. By January 2001, dealers will be able to provide their own pricing and basic order information to the site.

This database is an exciting opportunity to provide an unprecedented network of information to the German IT community. Users will benefit from having direct access to information about nearly any IT product available on the German market, dealers will have an effective new channel to reach potential customers, said IDG Interactive Managing Director York von Heimburg. This service is a valuable component of the overall package we provide to our online readers. We are fortunate to be able to offer readers an unmatched combination of independent editorial providing access to third-party product information in order to make their decision-making a more well-informed and less painstaking process.

IDG Interactive also offers an OEM version of the database for licensed integration with shopping portals and auction sites. In addition to providing information about current consumer prices, there are plans to build a virtual shopping center and to add service components to the database, such as notification of software and hardware upgrades.

About International Data Group

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 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO, and For Dummies® global product lines. IDG 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 websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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