IDG Launches ITworld.com, The Internet’s Premier IT Problem-Solving Network(TM)

BOSTON — FEBRUARY 15, 2000 — International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and information services company, today announced the launch of ITworld.com, the premier Web-based information network, offering enterprise IT professionals fast, easy access to the content they need to be more efficient and productive. ITworld.com delivers information and resources to the entire enterprise team — from CIOs to software engineers — including technology strategy, market insight, product reviews, whitepapers and analyst reports, industry news, career solutions, training tools, and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange in one easy-to-navigate network.

Said Bill Reinstein, president and CEO of ITworld.com, "Information technology professionals are bombarded by content from an ever-increasing array of information sources. At the same time, they're starved for easy access to valuable information on the issues and technologies that directly impact their jobs. Two problems have emerged from this: one is trust, and the other is time."

"Information," Reinstein added, "only becomes knowledge if the reader can trust its quality and value. This is why we developed ITworld.com — to provide a full spectrum of trusted, actionable content and services to meet the specific needs of enterprise IT professionals."

Stated Kelly Conlin, president and CEO of IDG, "For more than 36 years, IDG has been building information services and products, reflecting the changing landscape of the IT industry. As the only global, integrated IT publishing company, we at IDG are extending our online presence through ITworld.com. This endeavor demonstrates that IDG has the capabilities to provide IT professionals with a multi-dimensional view of technology. As such, this day marks a major milestone for IDG."

In this vein, the ITworld.com network surrounds the reader with a unique knowledge set on any IT-related topic. The problem-solving nature of the network aids enterprise IT professionals in their technical and business decision making, and features access to award-winning content on topics of specific interest to the reader from CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, Network World, SunWorld, and the IDG News Service.

To bind this network of relevant information and facilitate navigation, ITworld.com has created a content navigational tool, known as AgentIT(TM). Through ITworld.com, users have a direct path to a multi-dimensional spectrum of resources — including vendor-supplied whitepapers and product information, industry news, career solutions, and training tools — that directly relate to specific areas of interest. As such, AgentIT provides the user with IT peripheral vision.

One of the comprehensive features anchoring the ITworld.com site is ITcareers, the most highly targeted online IT recruitment service. Incorporating content from partners such as CareerBuilder, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBDR) and SkillsVillage.com, ITcareers helps IT workers find the right job in a market crowded with possibilities and enables technology employers to differentiate their job offerings to improve recruitment and retention. As the U.S. affiliate of IDG’s global Job Universe network, ITcareers will also include job postings, customized e-mail job alerts and an archive of career resources, in the months to follow.

The core technology and career content on ITworld.com is complemented by additional resources aimed at helping IT professionals make critical decisions regarding technology acquisition, deployment, training, and staffing, as well as decisions regarding related business issues. Resources include:

* Whitepaper database — A vast whitepaper repository developed in conjunction with bitpipe communications offers access to vendor-supplied literature as well as research from independent research firms, including IDC, the Yankee Group, and the Meta Group.

* RFP Center — Developed jointly with New Mediary, Inc., this provides RFP posting services that offer IT buyers a fast and easy way to generate multiple supplier contacts and initial bids. Integration and IT service companies that participate in the RFP Center can edit or alter their listings or enhance their presence in real-time. Their listing enables them to market their services and gain access to buyers’ RFPs. All vendors, VARs, and solutions providers may be listed within the RFP Center at no charge. Enhanced listings, which yield increased visibility and access to RFPs, will be available for a fee.

* Training Center — ITworld.com incorporates the content and commerce engine of TrainingNet, which represents hundreds of thousands of course-events annually in over 25 soft skill and information categories. TrainingNet aggregates all types of training: classroom, on-site, on-line, books, videos, and CD-ROMs, allowing users to immediately locate and register on-line for the training they need.

* Expert Advice — Expert Advice, jointly developed with Experts Exchange, is a unique forum, providing answers from more than 40,000 experts to technical and business-related questions. Expert Advice includes a database of previously asked questions organized by topic.

* ITwebcast — ITwebcast utilizes state-of-the-art technology to create innovative webcasts for its customers. The beauty of ITwebcast is that it allows viewers to virtually attend seminars, keynotes, presentations, etc., in real time or on-demand, at a later time. ITworld.com is already successfully leveraging its webcast offering to produce custom seminars for its many marquee customers.

Although ITworld.com went live this morning, several blue-chip customers such as Nortel Networks are already weighing in with rave reviews, regarding ITworld.com’s ITwebcast. Said Ronny A. Haraldsvik, director of marketing for Nortel Networks’ IP Services Business Unit, "ITworld.com's new ITwebcast service has allowed us to address the global Internet business-to-business markets with virtual seminars on up-to-date topics and issues to further enhance the Nortel Networks brand and product portfolios. At the same time, the service has enabled us to reduce travel time and overhead expenses, with positive impact on the bottom line."

About ITworld.com

Including eight leading IDG websites and drawing upon IDG’s global editorial team of 2,000 journalists and 400 research analysts, ITworld.com provides the most complete dimensions of IT content, making it the most trusted problem-solving network for Enterprise IT Professionals. For more information, please see http://www.itworld.com.

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 $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO, Channel World and For Dummies global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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