IDG ‘s InfoWorld and WITI -Women in Technology International- Launch WITI FastTrack

SAN MATEO, Calif.– Feb. 22, 1999–InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, in conjunction with WITI (Women In Technology International), the premier association for women in technology, today launched WITI FastTrack, a quarterly supplement dedicated to women advancing technology.

Last October, InfoWorld and WITI announced an agreement (see Oct. 19 release, IDG 's InfoWorld partners with Women in Technology International) to develop a unique editorial package as a resource for women in technology. WITI FastTrack will break stereotypes and provide thorough investigations of corporate culture, management, and technology trends. While the publication is targeted at women, it is important to all audiences as it affects trends and issues in the technology marketplace.

"WITI FastTrack not only provides in-depth information on issues important to women, but also represents the changing industry landscape and how these issues are also important for smart business," said Sandy Reed, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "Our cover story takes a look inside the boardroom at how companies can gain from assembling a diversified board."

The premier issue of WITI FastTrack also includes an interview with Christina Jones, president, COO and founder of pcOrder about starting her own company and staying on track toward an IPO, and the TechTrack department, which explores the significance of Extensible Markup Language (XML), a technology poised to change the way the Web works.

"WITI was founded on the principle that diversity is a key ingredient to succeed in business," said Carolyn Leighton-Tal, Founding Executive Director of WITI. "The partnership with InfoWorld, and the development of WITI FastTrack, strengthens our commitment to promoting diversity by providing a platform designed to foster better understanding and communication between women in technology and business leaders."

WITI FastTrack will appear in the pages of InfoWorld and will be reprinted as programs for WITI conferences. The next WITI conference will take place in Dallas, Texas, March 18-19. Keynote speakers at the March conference include Lynn Dugle, Raytheon Systems Company, Susan Larsen, Dell Computer Corporation, Christina Jones, pcOrder, Shauna Sowell, Texas Instruments and Helen Turnbull, Human Facets.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld Electric (www.infoworld.com). InfoWorld, "The Voice of Enterprise Computing," is a newsweekly that focuses on editorial coverage of enterprise products, solutions and issues used in corporate enterprises, and has earned a reputation for the timeliness and accuracy of its coverage of the people, technologies, products and companies that make a difference in the IT industry. InfoWorld's $21 million dollar cross-platform, networked test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of enterprise products.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes InfoWorld Electric, the leading enterprise computing authority on the Web, which features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, and interactive discussion forums, along with a weekly e-mail newsletter (the InfoWorld Scoop) and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

InfoWorld Media Group is a wholly-owned independent business unit of IDG , the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 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 200 targeted Web sites in 52 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www. idg .com.

About WITI

WITI works with industry, government and academia to develop core competencies in demand by all levels of technology organizations. WITI's annual conferences in Boston, Dallas and Santa Clara draw thousands of technology professionals and corporate giants each year. WITI conferences focus on professional development through informative tracks and sessions, mentoring, and invaluable networking opportunities.

WITI is a rapidly growing global association of more than 6,000 professional women and men working in a broad range of technology sectors worldwide. Currently, there are 20 WITI regional chapters in the United States.

Additional information on Women in Technology International can be found on WITI's 22 time award winning Web site at http://www.witi.org.