IDG’s InfoWorld Internet World 2000 E-Commerce Special Report Offers Complete Package on Establishing an E-commerce Strategy

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — APRIL 3, 2000 — IDG's InfoWorld will publish a special issue that includes a complete package of information on how enterprise companies can build a successful e-commerce strategy.

The special issue, which coincides with Spring Internet World 2000, includes news coverage on choosing the appropriate strategy and business model and the results of a readership survey on the status of e-commerce in enterprise companies. The April 3 issue also includes a Test Center Comparison of three end-to-end e-commerce systems, a Careers and Management feature on the difficulties of hiring qualified people as well as ways to maximize existing staff's e-commerce skills.

"In today's ultra-competitive marketplace, if you're not executing on your e-commerce plans, then your competitors will do it for you," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "In this issue of InfoWorld, we provide our reader with everything they need to know to set an e-business strategy, implement it, and keep ahead of the competition."

News coverage in the special issue includes:

— When it comes to finding the right business model for e-business, many enterprise companies have discovered that forming strategic partnerships works best.

— Results from the second InfoWorld e-business survey, where InfoWorld readers help separate hype from reality by providing insight on the steps companies are realistically taking to integrate the Internet into their business model.

Test Center coverage in the special issue includes:

— Comparison of three end-to-end e-commerce systems that promise heavy-duty, all-in-one e-commerce functionality:

– Microsoft's Site Server 3.0;

– IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite; and

– Intershop's Enfinity.

— Of the three solutions evaluated, IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite solution won a Test Center Hot Pick Award for the comprehensive functionality and centralized management features it offers.

— Analysis of IBM's AS/400 for e-commerce applications.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld.com. InfoWorld defines technology for business and focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $21 million 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.