IDG’s InfoWorld and IDC Reduce Risk for IT Professionals with Special Research

SAN MATEO, Calif. (Oct. 5, 1998) — InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, today announced that it will partner with International Data Corporation (IDC) to provide insightful technology related research to help its readers make the right IT decisions. The research packages, called Decision Support Strategies, are designed to help InfoWorld readers reduce their risk when purchasing IT for the enterprise.

IDC will tailor its new research to reflect issues important to the InfoWorld reader. The Enterprise Software Series is the first research to be developed through the partnership. This six-part, bi-monthly series will include such topics as Strategies for NT in the Enterprise and Integrating your Supply Chain.

"InfoWorld is excited to be able to provide yet another value-based product to our readers," said Stephen Moylan, president and CEO of InfoWorld. "We are combining the strengths of IDC’s in-depth research and InfoWorld’s comprehensive reporting to continue our commitment to providing the best business guidance to our readers."

"For more than three decades, users, builders and providers of information technology have relied on IDC's extensive, survey-based research to assist them with their IT related decisions," said Dave Vellante, senior vice president of IDC. "Now, InfoWorld readers can benefit from new IDC research focused on issues designed to address their business challenges"

Readers can read abstracts of the latest research on-line before deciding to purchase. The site can be accessed through both InfoWorld’s web site at: http://www.infoworld.com/idc and IDC’s web site at: http://www.idc.com. Readers can also call 1-800-343-4935 x 4296 for more information.

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 client/server products and solutions 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 IDC

IDC is a leading provider of information technology data, analysis, advice, and custom consulting to users, builders, and providers of information technology and services. Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, International Data Corporation has a global network of 375 analysts in more than 40 countries and provides IT market research and consulting to more than 3,900 high-technology customers around the world.

For more than three decades, IDC has assessed technology, identified customer needs, analyzed vendors, and interpreted market trends to support the planning, research, decision-making, business development, and marketing requirements of the industry. Rigorous primary research, in-depth competitive views, broad technology coverage, and on-point analysis make IDC your best IT information source.

IDC’s global information infrastructure of continuous information services, custom research, and consulting provides the industry’s best perspectives –covering the full spectrum of technology and management areas — delivering the information designed to help our clients make sound technology and business decisions.

IDC's World Wide Web site (http://www.idc.com) contains additional company information and recent news releases, and it offers full-text searching of recent research.

IDC is a division of International Data Group, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.