IDG’s InfoWorld Launches SOA Executive Forum Events in New York and Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 12, 2005 – InfoWorld, the leading provider of comprehensive technology intelligence, today announced two conferences for senior technology and business decision-makers that focus on the corporate value of evaluating and implementing service-oriented architecture (SOA). Called SOA Executive Forum, these one-day workshops take place on May 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA and on May 17 at Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software and major advocate of SOA, is the cornerstone sponsor of the events. Visit www.infoworld.com/SOAforum for more information.

InfoWorld’s SOA Executive Forum focuses on the needs of IT professionals dealing with complex multi-vendor environments. The events provide an arena for peers and industry experts to come together and understand the benefits of SOA. Service-oriented architecture represents the biggest change in enterprise IT since the Internet. With SOA, applications are treated as services requiring a transformation in the technical approach, IT workflow, and business planning processes.

A successful SOA strategy, resulting in cost savings and a highly flexible application infrastructure, hinges on reliable information from leading technologists and early adopters that have already begun to reap the benefits. Cost to attend InfoWorld’s SOA Executive Forum is $695 for each event, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available.

“Service-oriented architecture presents a tremendous opportunity for organizations to maximize the value of their technology investments and for vendors to provide vital information for business and IT professionals,” said Kevin McKean, InfoWorld’s CEO. “SOA Executive Forum underscores InfoWorld’s advocacy of service-oriented architecture by directly connecting InfoWorld’s print and online audience with leading visionaries driving the future of IT.”

“SOA is the catalyst for business innovation,” said Bruce Graham, Vice President of Worldwide SOA Practice, BEA Systems. “BEA’s participation as cornerstone sponsor of InfoWorld’s SOA Executive Forum illustrates our commitment to being a leader in helping companies improve business responsiveness through SOA, and helping companies more closely align IT with their business objectives.”

About SOA Executive Forum

InfoWorld’s SOA Executive Forum is the premier event series exclusively focused on service-oriented architecture. As the leading advocate for in-depth analysis of enterprise technology, InfoWorld helps senior technology and business decision-makers develop an SOA roadmap for their organizations.

BEA Systems will be joined by additional sponsors. A limited number of sponsorship packages at Platinum and Gold levels are still available. Contact Jill Martay, Director of Events at 415-978-3193 or via email at jill_martay@infoworld.comfor 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 enterprises’ 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.

About IDG

InfoWorld Media Group is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com/.

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