IDG World Expo Adds Three Categories To COMNET 2002 New Product Achievement Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 30, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today three new award categories for the COMNET 2002 New Product Achievement Awards. For the first time, the Awards will identify the best new offerings for Network Security Solutions, Software and Applications, and Services introduced at the COMNET 2002 Conference and Expo, January 28-31, 2002 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.


Sponsored by InfoWorld, the COMNET 2002 New Product Achievement Awards recognize the best new products making their public debut at COMNET in 2002. COMNET, ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit exhibitors are eligible to enter new product(s), product enhancement(s), and/or product upgrade(s) that will make their debut at the January event. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2001, and award information can be found by visiting the COMNET Exhibitor Headquarters section on

A panel of judges will evaluate all entries and select three finalists in each of the eight award categories prior to the show. The judges will then select each category's winner, along with the Grand Prize Winner, which will be awarded the COMNET 2002 Most Innovative new product or service. The awards ceremony will take place on the show floor on Wednesday, January 30.

Judges for the COMNET 2002 New Product Achievement Awards include Douglas Barney, Editor-In-Chief of Network Computing; John Dix, Editor-In-Chief of Network World: Maryfran Johnson, Editor-In-Chief of Computerworld; John McConnell, president of McConnell Associates; Rick Sturm, author and president of Enterprise Management Associates; Michael Vizard, Editor-In-Chief of InfoWorld; Robert Preston, Editor-in-Chief of InternetWeek; Charlie Babcock, Technology Editor of InteractiveWeek and Scott Ellison, Wireless and Mobile Communications program director at IDC.

"We often hear from past award winners that their COMNET New Product Achievement Award goes a long way to help endorse and reinforce a company's brand long after the show," said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services at IDG World Expo. "Award finalists and winners enjoy high visibility leading up to the show as well. We hope to generate additional excitement with the addition of such topical new award categories."

Awards presented for the first time at COMNET in 2002 will include:

Best New Software and Applications Product Recognizes an innovation that improves business processes or maximizes relations with customers, partners or suppliers. Relevant areas include supply chain management; eProcurement; order fulfillment; logistics and distribution; CRM; collaborative applications; peer to peer computing; middleware; email; authoring tools; databases; user interface; client server; object development tools; and language products.

Best New Security Product Recognizes a network or general data security product or technology, such as firewalls, intrusion detection, polling, anti-virus, all levels of physical security, remote user security (including VPN); biometrics; diagnostics; IPSec; user verification products or PKI technologies.

Best New Service Provider Offering Recognizes a new service from an application service provider (ASP); managed service provider (MSP); Internet service provider (ISP); network service provider (NSP); storage service provider (SSP); or hosting service provider (HSP). Also eligible are xSPs, which covers emerging service provider offerings and technology.

Exhibitors can also compete for awards in these categories:

Best New Network Management Product

Best New Carrier or WAN Service/Product

Best New LAN or Internetworking Product

Best New Network and System Infrastructure Product

Best New Wireless/Mobile Product

Best New Telephony, Fax or Conferencing Product

For complete information about the COMNET 2002 New Product Achievement Awards, visit the Exhibitor Headquarters section on To register for COMNET Conference & Expo or to obtain information about exhibiting, visit

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier event for companies focusing their IT initiatives on building or growing a "smarter network." COMNET attracts top executive decision-makers, buyers and users of networking and communications infrastructure within organizations and government agencies. ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit, featured at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002, will provide additional insight and solutions for a range of issues faced by network and business leaders, such as handling in-house enterprise issues, assessing new applications and working with service providers. For more information, please visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its 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 Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at