IDG’s InfoWorld Launches Independent Consulting Services Division

SAN MATEO, Calif. (Sept. 14, 1998) — Building on the success of the company’s respected Test Center, InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, today announced its newly-formed Consulting Services division. This vendor- independent service will help IT professionals make informed decisions about technology and products by testing, evaluating and recommending solutions for customers’ specific environments.

Readers who have previously relied on InfoWorld’s Test Center reviews and comparisons to help support their business decisions, now have the opportunity to take their own business challenges directly to the company’s $21 million testing facility. The Test Center’s enterprise-class hardware collection includes Windows, UNIX and AS/400 systems, a 300-plus client multi-protocol network and a wide variety of popular peripherals.

The Test Center offers a unique approach in testing products. Unlike most labs who simulate tests and base the results on one factor, such as performance, InfoWorld transforms its center to resemble the enterprises of its readers. The tests run in this environment are typical of tasks or functions or activities one would find in the real world and cover all aspects of using the solution, from implementation and management in the enterprise, to an analysis of the Projected Ownership Costs.

"Reader demand as well as the success of our Test Center made the development of the InfoWorld Consulting Services division a logical next step for InfoWorld," said Stephen D. Moylan, president and CEO of InfoWorld. "Our expansion into the services market underscores InfoWorld’s commitment to providing the best business guidance to our readers."

InfoWorld Consulting Services will work closely with the customer to provide the best solution for their businesses challenges. The division offers a wide breadth of services ranging from customized test plan creation to in-depth reporting analysis and spans key markets including security, I-commerce and Y2K. Evaluations can be general product comparisons or specific inquiries such as what is the best EDI solution for an enterprise environment.

In retaining InfoWorld, customers will not face any company downtime or risk to their own business processes since all tests will be conducted at InfoWorld’s Test Center facility.

"InfoWorld Consulting Services will offer clients the same trusted testing of enterprise products readers have come to expect from our Test Center reviews and comparisons," said Charlotte Ziems, vice president of InfoWorld. "We are excited to be able to leverage the knowledge and experience of our Test Center experts, including many staff analysts who were IT professionals or consultants prior to joining InfoWorld. We will also be able to leverage the expertise of industry professionals who have worked closely with the Test Center team over the years."

Clients can contact InfoWorld Consulting Services by phone at: 650-286-2700 or by email: consulting_services@infoworld.com

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.