IDG’s InfoWorld Comnet Special Issue; Provides News, Analysis and Advice on ASPs Outsourcing

SAN MATEO, Calif.–01/25/2000–IDG's InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, will publish a special issue on how outsourcing is affecting the role of IT in the corporation. The special issue, which coincides with the Jan. 25 opening of Comnet , will include a Test Center action plan for choosing a service provider, and Test Center reviews of a Web service for improving collaboration and a software package for easing the global deployment of applications. The special issue also includes news analysis on optical advances that are enabling companies to outsource infrastructure and network services, a case study of ASP adoption, and an opinion piece that predicts how broadband technology will alter the future workplace.

"The walls of the IT infrastructure continue to be torn down by the rise of the Internet economy and the promise of outsourcing," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "In this issue, we help companies navigate these uncertain waters by laying out a course for selecting a service provider, analyzing the underlying technologies, and reviewing products and services that are available today."

Test Center coverage in the special issue includes:

— Action Plan for crafting a winning outsourcing strategy that avoids unnecessary failure and added expense.

— Review of WebEx Meeting Center Services, a Web-collaboration service for companies that want to speed up work flow via online meetings and collaboration.

— Review of InnoView Data Technologies Multilizer Java Edition, that reduces the maintenance and deployment costs for internationalization of applications by allowing users to translate applications to multiple human languages in a single deployable module.

News coverage in the special issue includes:

— Special News Report examines the emerging role of ASPs as IT departments look outside corporate walls for deploying applications and tapping into infrastructure services. The Special News Report also includes a case study of a hotel management company's selection and implementation of an ASP for financial services.

— Interview with Nortel CEO John Roth.

— Net Prophet column, by Sean Dugan, that predicts the effect that broadband technology will have on changing how we work and communicate in the future.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld.com. InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $ 21million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes InfoWorld.com, defining technology for business on the web, features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, 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 business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 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 250 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.