IDG’s InfoWorld and FAST Announce Two “Market Maker” Events Introducing “Search as a Service”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 6, 2006 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management and FAST, the leading developer of search technologies, today announced two market maker events focused on the topic of "Search as a Service." These half-day breakfast seminars take place on Wednesday, November 15th at the Boston Marriott-Newton Hotel in Newton, MA and Thursday, November 16th at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, WA. The events are specifically designed for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are interested in learning how Search as a Service can improve their business, customer engagements and overall solution value. The event is sponsored by FAST and moderated by InfoWorld Associate Editor, Richard Gincel. The event is open to ISVs at no charge (subject to verification and InfoWorld approval). Register now at .

Topics discussed at InfoWorld's "Search as a Service" seminars include:

— The importance of embedded search within traditional and SaaS software models

— The value embedded search provides to existing SaaS applications

— Best practices for evaluating embedded search technology solutions

— How to seamlessly integrate embedded search technology into your existing IT products, initiatives and infrastructure

— How proactively improving search improves performance, functionality, and scalability

"Innovative companies from all software segments now recognize that embedded search is a strategic differentiator, improving the usability of, and access to, application-based data and content," said Rob Lancaster, vice president, channel development, FAST. "FAST is committed to meeting the unique requirements of vendors that are rapidly moving toward hosted or software as a service-based business models and has developed the right platform for these unique business requirements."

"InfoWorld constantly looks for how new technologies, in the context of business strategy, add unique value to the companies that implement it and the vendors that provide the solutions," said Bob Ostrow, CEO and president for InfoWorld. "We've done this with SOA and Enterprise Virtualization and are now looking at how new approaches to search add unique value to existing applications and technology products."

About FAST

FAST is the leading developer of search technologies that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable enterprise search platform (FAST ESP) elevates the search capabilities of enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure. FAST's solutions are used by more than 2,600 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), Cardinal Health,, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM, Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters, Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks, T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia) and Vodafone.

FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further information about FAST, please visit .

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for maximum business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at .

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at .

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