IDG Presents First-Ever ASPWorld-Class Awards to be Presented at ASPWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 29, 2000 – In an effort to recognize the most innovative advances in application hosting, IDG World Expo today announced the establishment of the ASPWorld-Class Awards to be presented at the inaugural ASPWorld Conference & Expo, which will take place Oct. 3-6 at the San Jose Convention Center.

The program, sponsored by Network World, is open only to ASPWorld Conference & Expo exhibitors.

The ASPWorld-Class Awards will be presented at the ASPWorld Conference & Expo VIP Reception on Oct. 5 in the Almaden Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in San Jose, CA. Five categories of awards have been established including Best of Show, Best Enterprise Service, Best Vertical Market Service, Best General Purpose Tool and Best Small Business Service.

Judges will be reviewing submissions for innovation and merit. The five-member panel of judges consists of a prominent member of the Network World editorial staff and members of the ASPWorld Conference & Expo advisory panel including:

— John Dix, Network World

— Kevin Tolly, The Tolly Group

— Jim Metzler, Ashton Metzler & Associates

— Troy Tate, CTS Corporation

— Audrey Rasmussen, Enterprise Management Associates

"This is very exciting for all of the exhibitors at ASPWorld Conference & Expo. I know many of them have some excellent products they plan to submit for consideration," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of events for IDG World Expo. "We are honored that Network World chose to sponsor this awards program exclusively at the industry's largest and most influential ASP show."

ASPWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event designed to help corporate end-users make intelligent decisions about ASP services and products. ASPWorld Conference & Expo will showcase the entire range of outsourcing options, from pure-play ASPs to ISVs, ISPs to telcos, and OEMs to systems integrators.

The show promises to be a one-stop shop and an educational opportunity for those interested in exploring outsourcing options.

ASPWorld Conference & Expo is backed by the leading IT media organizations, trade groups and market leaders in the ASP industry.

The flagship sponsor is Network World Magazine. Sponsors include Microsoft, IDC, The Information Technology Association of America, The ASP Industry Consortium, AristaSoft, Seven Mountains Software, JDEdwards, Compaq, Ensim, PSINet Consulting Solutions, Surebridge, NetASPx, ManagedOps, Digitial Ingenuity, searchASP.com, Xuma, Sprint, Agilera, eOnline, PaperFly, Copernus, iORMYX, Atesto, Xcert, Infinium, NaviSite, Alumbre, Trend Micro, InfoWorld, Communications News, CIO Magazine, ASPstreet.com, ASP Industry News, Inc. Magazine and ASPnews.com.

To register for an Expo Pass, which allows access to the exhibits, keynotes, feature presentations, special introductory conference sessions and educational materials, go to www.aspworldexpo.com.

All registered attendees will receive IDC's "ASP Market Taxonomy" and "Vendor Evaluation Checklist," Telechoice's "ASP Decision Support Guide," and Tolly Research's "ASP Action Plan." Conference session registrants will receive those materials plus a "Service Level Agreement (SLA) Checklist" provided by the ASP Industry Consortium.

About ASPWorld Conference & Expo

ASPWorld Conference & Expo (www.aspworldexpo.com) is the premier application service provider (ASP) event for IT decision-makers from small companies to global enterprises. As the leader in ASP conferences and expositions, ASPWorld Conference & Expo is solely focused on providing the information and resources business decision-makers need to explore and implement ASP outsourcing for their organizations. ASPWorld Conference & Expo is part of the IDG World Expo family.

About IDG World Expo and IDG

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers.

IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, ComNet, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Macworld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

IDG is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. 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 (http://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 http://www.idg.com.