IDG’s InfoWorld Opens Registration for SOA Executive Forum Event on Critical Components for SOA Success

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 21, 2006 – InfoWorld, the leading provider of comprehensive technology intelligence, today announced the official speaker lineup for the sixth edition of the acclaimed SOA Executive Forum series, taking place on May 16-17 in New York City.

The distinctive roster of industry experts is now being joined by an unprecedented number of presenting executives who have implemented successful service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategies. The lineup represents the industry's most proficient professionals in Web Services and SOA covering real-life lessons, overviews and pragmatic steps vital to transforming and maintaining a business's infrastructure in a service-oriented architecture.

"We are thrilled to have Wachovia's Tony Bishop, Forrester's Randy Heffner and Verizon's Shadman Zafar keynoting the sixth edition of InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum," said Steve Fox, editor in chief, InfoWorld. "Mr. Zafar oversaw one of the largest web services deployments to date, and event guests will derive tremendous value in hearing from his personal experiences. Bishop and Heffner are engaging, insightful speakers, who will share their thoughts and visions of SOA and the role it plays in enabling the agile business."

Keynote speakers include:

— Tony Bishop, senior vice president director of planning & optimization, Wachovia

— Randy Heffner, vice president, Forrester Research, Inc.

— Shadman Zafar, senior vice president architecture & eServices, Verizon

Guest speakers include (listed alphabetically by company):

— Harel Kodesh, chief product officer, Amdocs

— Eric Peebles, CTO, City of Chicago

— James McGovern, enterprise architect, The Hartford

— Murizio Ferconi, head of financial engineering, Putnam Investments

— Doug Saucier, vice president enterprise architecture, SONY

— Ed Vazquez, group manager, web services & SOA implementations, Sprint Nextel

— Scott Metzger, CTO, TrueCredit

— Robert Glushko, Ph.D., center for document engineering, UC Berkeley

— John Nallin, vice president architecture, UPS

For a complete list of session speakers with bios, see the SOA Executive Forum web site:

http://www.infoworld.com/event/soa/may/speakers.html

SOA Executive Forum conference provides senior technology and business decision-makers with the insight they need to plan, implement, and manage a service-oriented architecture. To provide an optimal learning environment, the forum is conducted in an exclusive 300-400 person setting. Cost to attend InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum is $795, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available.

"InfoWorld provides specialized IT information for the CTO, senior-most company executives who are deeply steeped in technology," continued Fox. "By assembling the industry leaders driving service-oriented architecture and experienced, successful industry peers, InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum provides business and IT decision-makers with tangible strategies that maximize technology investment value. We're excited about this event's roster bringing inside experience about how to build up, scale out and add flexibility, while building systems that better operate in an open environment."

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. HP and IBM are platinum sponsors. Gold-level sponsors include Active Grid, Data Synapse, Infravio, SOA Leaders Council, SOA Software, Sonic Software, and Software AG. 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

InfoWorld Media Group helps senior technologists connect technology and business strategy for maximum impact at their organizations. Through integrated channels including online, events, demand generation and a weekly print magazine, 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 http://www.InfoWorld.com.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, 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(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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