IDG Provides Insight, Data on Global ASP Market

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 5, 2000 – Which vertical industries are most interested in application service providers (ASPs)? How fast is the ASP market growing? Which applications are best suited for ASP delivery? International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and information services company, now has developed a comprehensive portfolio of expert resources and case studies to address these challenging questions on the ASP market – a market forecasted by IDC to experience a 92 percent compound annual growth rate over the next four years.


IDC,, IDG World Expo, Network World, CIO, InfoWorld and other IDG properties lead the industry in providing the IT community with valuable data and insights on the companies, technologies and issues driving the ASP market. Targeted at the buying influencers for the ASP services, IDG offers a wide range of information resources – from original research reports, breaking news and in-depth articles to webcasts and events.

"Our research shows ASP spending will skyrocket to $7.8 billion by 2004," said Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. "To capitalize on this market growth, IT executives need strategic insight and original, timely research. IDG offers events and research combining the best industry analysis, case studies, and advice from ASP experts."

Interactive Webcasts Feature Industry Experts

As part of its ongoing Software Web Conference Series, IDC will host a Webcast on June 6 dedicated to the topic of ASPs, in which IDC’s ASP research team will answer questions and provide participants with updates on market challenges and projections for future growth. For more information, visit IDC online at

Earlier this month,’s The Networked World Webcast series focused on ASPs, featuring Network World’s John Gallant and special guests in a lively debate on ‘whether ASPs are really ready for most enterprise customers – or is at all just hype?’ To view the program, visit:

ASPWorld Debuts as First Expo for ASP End-Users

ASPWorld Conference and Expo, on October 3-6 in San Jose, will be the first ASP end-user event showcasing the entire range of outsourcing options under one roof. Sponsored by leading companies in the ASP market, ASPWorld is designed for corporate IT managers and others seeking a better understanding of the outsourcing options available today. The Expo show floor will showcase providers in all categories – pure play ASPs, Internet Service Providers, software vendors and developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). ASPWorld Conference and Expo will be the first event to provide company executives with comprehensive education, training, peer-to-peer networking, and service evaluation opportunities of all providers of web-enabled services and applications. To access further information on ASPWorld, visit:

Recent Research Highlights Market Opportunities, Challenges

IDC’s ASP research program provides ongoing, in-depth research and analysis on this market. The company’s latest report, Partnering with ASPs: Licensing and Channel Strategies (May 2000), outlines the difficulties some software vendors are having in navigating the partnership course and provides agreement models and recommendations to improve the process. Other reports recently released by IDC on the ASP market include eCommerce ASPs: How Will eCommerce Projects Become the Next Battleground for ASPs and Internet Service Firms? (May 2000); The European ASP Industry: A Strategic Perspective (April 2000); and Worldwide ASP Market Size and Forecast, 1999-2004 (February 2000). Additional information and a listing of reports on the ASP arena can be found at

Research Forum Enables ASPs to Fine-Tune Business Strategy

On June 29-30 in Boston, IDC will present its AppSourcing Forum: Managing and Growing a World-Class ASP Business. The event was a sell-out in April, with more than 400 attendees. AppSourcing Forum features leading industry analysis and forecasts with customer feedback, case studies, and actionable advice from ASP experts. Among the topics covered will be how to sharpen a business strategy; how to attract potential investors; best practices for pricing and customer service; and how to differentiate core competencies and application offerings. The forum will also provide ASP executives with an opportunity to receive first-hand feedback from a broad spectrum of ASP customers. For more information, please visit:

Award-winning Editorial Coverage

IDG has a long-standing reputation for delivering news and insight on the technology and trends that are changing the way people work, communicate and conduct business. Award-winning publications such as Network World, CIO and InfoWorld dedicate reporters covering ASPs from every angle. Network World's coverage of the ASP market includes a 4-part news series devoted to ASPs, newsletters, exclusive ASP specific search engine on, seminars (currently taking place in 8 U.S. cities), and ASP coverage in the Technology Insider Series, a bi-monthly report featuring exhaustive examination of key technology issues by combining investigative reporting with analysis, opinion and reader insights. These publications are also leveraging their Web sites to post special online reports and resources. For example, CIO magazine offers an ASP research center with a collection of definitive articles on ASPs for CIOs, a “primer” on the subject, CIO Radio interviews, a set of relevant articles, events, a list of vendors and more. Visit: for more information.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more than 100 million people worldwide about information technology, more 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 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 (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm IDC provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at