InfoWorld Sets Agenda for Eighth SOA Executive Forum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 15, 2007 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today unveiled the agenda for its eighth SOA Executive Forum, taking place May 15th and 16th at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel. The executive-level event provides real-world guidance and best practices for dynamically managing the IT environment. May's event will explore technical and political pitfalls to avoid in order to keep SOA initiatives on track. Plus, end users will share their lessons learned with technologies from mashups to VoIP, from Software-as-a-Service to virtualization, providing a blueprint for making SOA initiatives successful. Sample sessions will include: Governance Gotchas, Building an SOA that Scales, SOA Meet Enterprise Architecture, Nailing SOA Security and InfoWorld's signature Reality Check panel discussion.

Passes to attend InfoWorld's SOA Executive Forum are priced at $1,295, with credential, subscriber and early registration discounts available. Members of the press using promotional code MAYPRESS are eligible for complimentary registration. For more details and to register, visit: SOAExecForum.com/register.

"SOA has reached a critical juncture. Most enterprises understand the benefits and many already have an SOA pilot project or department-level initiative underway," said Eric Knorr, InfoWorld's executive editor and content chair for the event. "But few see the path from an SOA project to a broader initiative, with unforeseen obstacles emerging on multiple fronts. At InfoWorld's eighth SOA Executive Forum, IT execs will learn from peers and industry experts about the governance and technology bottlenecks to a successful SOA – and how to break them using tactics and strategies gleaned from real world experience."

The SOA Executive Forum agenda features dynamic stories from best-laid SOA plans to successful implementation from end users and leading analysts in the space. Presenters and panelists from the Technology and Business tracks include: Andy Brown, CTO, Infrastructure, Credit Suisse; Thomas Krotchko, Director, Web Architecture, Amtrak; David Linthicum, CEO, Linthicum Group, LLC; Anne Thomas Manes, Research Director, Burton Group; Maja Tibbling, Lead Enterprise Architect, Con-way, Inc.; Timothy Vibbert, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin; and Hong Zhang, Global Director & Chief Architect, IT Architecture and Standards, General Motors. Plus, InfoWorld's top editors will be on hand to share their expertise. The complete agenda is available online at: SOAExecForum.com.

InfoWorld's SOA Forum continues to attract support from top SOA vendors, including: BEA Systems (Cornerstone sponsor); Oracle Corporation (Diamond-level sponsor); and IONA Technologies (Gold-level sponsor).

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and 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 International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and gaming worldwide. IDG's lead generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including E for All Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at www.idg.com .

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