International Data Group Honored in Boston Business Journal’s Fifth Annual “Best Places to Work”

BOSTON, MA – MAY 8, 2007 – The Boston Business Journal has named IDG, the world’s largest technology media, event, and research company, as one of the 2007 Best Places to Work in Massachusetts. The honor recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions, and company culture.

IDG was one of 328 companies nominated — a 40 percent increase in nominees over 2006 — and made the top 20 list in its size category based on the results of employee-engagement surveys taken throughout the spring.

“For 43 years in Massachusetts, IDG has focused on creating a workplace environment that attracts and retains the best employees,” said Pat McGovern, Chairman and Founder of IDG. “The Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work honor is an important validation of IDG’s efforts to continuously enhance the workplace environment that our employees experience.” IDG employs approximately 1,000 people in Massachusetts.

"With the hiring market so tight, a quality workplace truly is a competitive advantage. Employees respond to a flexible yet challenging culture and company leaders who lead by example," said Boston Business Journal Editor George Donnelly. "Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business."

The top 20 companies in three size categories — small (20-100 employees), midsize (101-500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees) — will be listed in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal to be published on June 22, 2007.

The 2007 Best Places to Work project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm QMR Inc. of Wichita, Kansas. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 25,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questions that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. 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 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 Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 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 http://www.idg.com.

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