IDG’s InfoWorld Sets Agenda for SOA Executive Forum Events on Enabling Business Agility

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 17, 2005 – Mark Carges, Chief Technology Officer of BEA Systems, Scheduled to Provide Keynote Address InfoWorld, the leading provider of comprehensive technology intelligence, today announced the official agenda for the SOA Executive Forum event series, taking 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. These one-day conferences are designed to provide senior technology and business decision-makers with the insight they need to plan, implement, and manage a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum agenda includes interactive panel discussions, presentations, expert advice, and hard-won lessons from customers who have deployed SOA technology. Reflecting the importance of IT and business alignment in SOA success, the events contain both a technology and business track. A complete agenda is available at: .

Scheduled event highlights across both business and technology tracks:

— Keynote address by Mark Carges, Chief Technology Officer at BEA Systems

— Additional industry keynote

— Centerpiece discussion on "Opportunities and Challenges for the Agile Enterprise"

— CTO Reality Check

Business track breakout sessions include:

— Defining Business Agility

— Services and Contracts

— Extending Your Business with SOA

Technology track breakout sessions include:

— Defining the SOA Platform

— Pervasive SOA

— Building Applications on an SOA Platform

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. Service-oriented architecture represents the biggest change in enterprise IT since the Internet. When applications are treated as services, a transformation in technical approach, IT work flow, 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. Cost to attend InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum is $695 for each event, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available.

"InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum aims to help business and IT decision-makers walk away with action items for maximizing value of their technology investments, both now and in the future," said Kevin McKean, InfoWorld's CEO and editorial director. "At this critical time in IT, when vendors are jumping on the SOA bandwagon with or without real solutions to offer, the need for insight from SOA thought leaders and IT execs who have learned from real-world experience has never been greater."

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 road map for their organizations.

BEA Systems is a cornerstone sponsor of the event. Computer Sciences Corporation and HP are platinum sponsors. Gold-level sponsors include Dante Consulting, Plumtree Software, and Sonic Software. Contact Jill Martay, Director of Events at 415-978-3193 or via e-mail at for 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 .

About IDG

InfoWorld Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through ( ), which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at .