IDG ‘s Solutions Integrator Names National Advertising Director; Position Created To Support Sales Momentum

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 20, 1999–Solutions Integrator magazine, the leading enterprise integration publication, today announced the appointment of Mark E. Taussig to the position of national ad director.

Taussig was promoted from western ad director at Solutions Integrator where he was responsible for managing the sales efforts for the west coast. As national advertising director, Taussig will now be responsible for sales on a national basis.

"I am very pleased to announce Mark's promotion to national advertising director," said Keith Newman, president and CEO of Solutions Integrator. "Since he joined the publication a little over seven months ago, Mark has had a tremendous impact on our sales processes and the sales staff in the western region. I'm confident that his influence will be now be felt on the national level."

Taussig joined Solutions Integrator in August 1998 from Mecklermedia's Internet World where he was west coast associate publisher. Among his responsibilities at Internet World, Taussig reorganized the west coast sales effort and launched the publication's marketing events efforts. Prior to Mecklermedia, Taussig was director of advertising at Entertainment@Home and director of advertising at Quote.com. Prior to those positions, Taussig spent over six years at IDG with PC World and Multimedia World. At Multimedia World Taussig was associate publisher, where he helped refocus the magazine's marketing and sales efforts.

In his new role, Taussig will work with both the sales and marketing teams to develop unique and compelling programs for customers who want to reach enterprise integrators. "The enterprise market is increasingly turning to solutions integrators as partners in implementing complex IT solutions. IDG was the first to recognize this trend and, having just closed the most successful issue to date, Solutions Integrator has clearly emerged as a market leader in this space," Taussig said.

About Solutions Integrator

Based in San Mateo, CA, Solutions Integrator debuted in November 1997 at Comdex Fall. It reaches 90,000 qualified enterprise resellers whose primary business is providing complex IT solutions to middle market companies and divisions of Fortune 500 companies. The magazine covers complex technology integration issues including technology assessment and implementation, IT buying practices and plans, business strategies, vendor technology roadmaps and vertical industry opportunities.

In addition to Solutions Integrator, IDG currently publishes 27 channel publications in 23 countries, serves enterprise resellers through trade shows such as IDC's Solutions Integrator Forum, provides channel-focused research services through its global research arm International Data Corp. (IDC) and encourages collaboration within the SI community through http://www.solutionsintegrator.com.

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group ( IDG ) is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 700 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 240 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www. idg .com.