IDG’s InfoWorld Announces Speakers for SOA Executive Forum Events on Enabling Business Agility; More than 30 Industry Experts to Discuss Business and Technology Issues Related to SOA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 12, 2005 – InfoWorld, the leading provider of comprehensive technology intelligence, today announced the official speaker lineup for the SOA Executive Forum event series, taking place on May 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA, and on May 17 at Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York. Over 30 industry experts are scheduled to participate in this series. SOA Executive Forum conferences are designed to provide senior technology and business decision-makers with the insight they need to plan, implement, and manage a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Cost to attend InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum is $695 for each event, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available. Register now at www.soaexecutiveforum.com .

Speakers include (listed alphabetically by company):

Jonathan W. Hill, Associate Partner, Technology and Systems Integration, Accenture

David L. Nichols, Partner, Technology and Systems Integration, Accenture

John Schneider, CTO, AgileDelta

Jeff Barr, Web Services, Amazon.com

Mark Carges, CTO, BEA Systems

Bruce Graham, VP of Worldwide Professional Services, BEA Systems

Frank Martinez, CTO, Blue Titan

Phillip J. Windley, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Brigham Young University

Annrai O'Toole, CEO, Cape Clear Software

John D. Halamka, CIO, Harvard Medical School & CareGroup Health Systems

Rohit Khare, Research Director, CommerceNet Labs

Sean Rhody, Chief Architect, BEA Practice, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

Dave Linthicum, CTO, Grand Central Communications

Uday Kumaraswami, Vice President of EAS, practice, HP

Kerrie Holley, Global Services and a chief architect in the e-business integration solutions, IBM

Michael Liebow, VP of Web Services, IBM

Chad Dickerson, CTO, InfoWorld

Steve Fox, Editor in Chief, InfoWorld

Eric Knorr, Executive Editor at Large, InfoWorld

Kevin McKean, CEO and Editorial Director, InfoWorld

David L. Margulius, Senior Contributing Editor, InfoWorld

Jon Udell, Editor and Lead Analyst, InfoWorld Test Center

Eric Newcomer, CTO, Iona Technologies

Jim Bole, VP, Products, Infravio

Jim Culbert, CTO, Metratech

Dino Chiesa, Product Manager, .Net Developer Platform, Microsoft

John Shewchuk, "Indigo" Project Architect, Microsoft

Tim Ewald, SOA Best Practices, Mindreef

Toby Redshaw, CTO, Motorola

Rick Caccia, Senior Director of Product Management, Oblix

Edwin Khodabakchian, VP Product Development, Oracle

Gordon Van Huizen, CTO, Sonic Software

Aiaz Kazi, General Manager, Business Integration, TIBCO Software

Graham Glass, CTO, webMethods

Guljit Khurana, VP of Product Technology, webMethods

Note: Not all speakers will be appearing at both events. Visit www.soaexecutiveforum.com for more information.

"By assembling the industry leaders driving service-oriented architecture, InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum aims to help business and IT decision-makers walk away with tangible strategies that maximize the value of their technology investments," said Kevin McKean, InfoWorld's CEO and editorial director.

About SOA Executive Forum

InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum events provide an arena for peers and industry experts to come together and develop informed strategies that ensure successful SOA implementations. The SOA model represents the biggest change in enterprise IT since the Internet. When applications are treated as services, a transformation in technical approach, IT workflow, and business planning is required.

A winning SOA strategy, resulting in cost savings and a highly flexible application infrastructure, hinges on reliable information from leading technologists and early adopters who have already begun to reap the benefits.

BEA Systems is a cornerstone sponsor of the event. Computer Sciences Corporation and HP are platinum sponsors. Gold-level sponsors include Dante Consulting, Plumtree Software, SOA Software, and Sonic Software. Contact Jill Martay, Director of Events at 415-978-3193 or via e-mail at jill_martay@infoworld.com for more information.

About InfoWorld Media Group

For 25 years, InfoWorld Media Group has provided cutting-edge coverage and evaluation of IT products and services for technology experts in senior management. Through integrated channels, including print, online, events, and demand generation, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists — those who drive their enterprise's strategies and technology purchases. Powered by 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 www.infoworld.com .