IDG’s InfoWorld Sets Agenda for SOA Executive Forum on March 16 in San Francisco, CA; Sessions Focus on Real World SOA Implementations and ”Lessons from the Front Lines”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 18, 2006 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for strategic technology decision-makers, today announced the official agenda for the next SOA Executive Forum event, taking place on March 16th at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA. The agenda, driven by peer-to-peer "lessons from the front lines", is 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 is one component of a strategic initiative to connect key SOA decision makers and vendor partners together face-to-face, online, and in print. A complete agenda is available at: .

Featured keynote:

Jeff Gleason, Director of IT Strategies, TransAmerica.

Scheduled business sessions include:

— SOA meets ROI

— From processes to services

— SOA governance

— The SOA funding puzzle

Technology-centric sessions include:

— How services communicate

— Opening up legacy databases

— Building composite services

— Role of infrastructure

"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 Jill Martay, InfoWorld's Director of Events. "Given the demand for ROI on all IT investments, SOA Executive Forum fills an important need for real-world 'lessons from the front lines.' "

BEA Systems is a cornerstone sponsor of the event. Past sponsors include Cisco Systems, CSC, Dante Consulting, HP, IBM, Infravio, Intel, InterSystems, Layer 7 Technologies, Plumtree Software, SOA Leaders (AmberPoint, Parasoft, Reactivity, Systinet and ThoughtWorks), Sonic Software, and SOA Software. Additional sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. Contact Jill Martay, Director of Events at 415-978-3193 or via e-mail at for more information.

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.

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 .

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 .