ITworld.com Leverages Leading Web Research Engine to Offer Visitor Access to Over 20,000 Business and Technology Solutions from Over 3,500 Registered IT Providers

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — FEBRUARY. 27, 2001– ITworld.com, an IDG company and the premier Web resource for enterprise IT professionals, today announced a strategic partnership with KnowledgeStorm,the Web's most comprehensive research engine for finding and evaluating IT solutions. The co-branded Product Finder service, available at http://itworld.knowledgestorm.com/ offers a simple, yet powerful, tool for researching software technology solutions.

 

ITworld.com's Product Finder service, powered by KnowledgeStorm, enables users to access a vendor-neutral database of aggregated products and services to help in their solution-research activities. Users will have access to information on a broad spectrum of software solutions that help professionals stay out in front of their toughest challenges. The Product Finder service will include hardware-specific information starting in the second quarter of 2001.

With the world's largest registered IT provider database and best qualified registered users, KnowledgeStorm broadens its reach further as it continues to simplify the IT solution selection and marketing process. The ITworld.com partnership will increase IT provider exposure to prospective IT users while bringing technology marketers closer to their prospective customers.

"ITworld.com continues to break new ground in creating innovative ways for marketers to get their product information in front of high-quality audiences of technology buyers," said Bill Reinstein, ITworld.com President and CEO. "Not only does our partnership with KnowledgeStorm provide visitors with direct access to some of the best product and service information available on the Internet, it also gives marketers a new opportunity for immediate impact with their best prospects."

"KnowledgeStorm is rapidly becoming the de facto standard on the Internet for researching IT software solutions," said Greg Kemp, President and CEO of KnowledgeStorm, Inc. "Now that millions of ITworld.com users have direct access to the KnowledgeStorm research engine, IT providers will have millions of reasons to register their solutions with KnowledgeStorm."

The Product Finder service, powered by KnowledgeStorm, simplifies the information technology research and decision-making process. KnowledgeStorm's research engine enables business and IT professionals to identify all available solutions and narrow their search according to their specific requirements. Working one on one with the KnowledgeStorm team, IT providers listed in the KnowledgeStorm directory can include detailed information about each of their software solutions.

About KnowledgeStorm

As the Web's only IT research engine, KnowledgeStorm simplifies the information technology solution selection and marketing process by connecting IT users and providers via an online, searchable database of more than 20,000 software solutions, from more than 3,500 registered vendors. KnowledgeStorm is the exclusive software and services directory for Yahoo! IT Software Marketplaces and ITworld.com. For more information, please visit www.knowledgestorm.com.

About ITworld.com

By bringing together the deepest and most-trusted IT content and integrating it with a dynamic Web-navigation framework, ITworld.com has become the premier Web resource for enterprise IT professionals. ITworld.com delivers award-winning, unique editorial, an impressive array of news, webcasts, services, and information relating to all areas of technology — as well as content from IDG's powerhouse enterprise IT publishers: CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Network World. Ranked among the top ten Internet media properties by Advertising Age's BtoB, and named a "Hot Site" by USA Today, ITworld.com's family of sites includes ITcareers.com, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld.com, and UNIX Insider. Pioneering the next generation of IT information delivery — for our audience; for our advertisers — ITworld.com is "changing the way you view IT."(TM) For more information, see http://www.itworld.com.

ITworld.com is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries.

KnowledgeStorm and the KnowledgeStorm logo are trademarks of KnowledgeStorm, Inc.

ITworld, the ITworld.com logo, and "changing the way you view IT" are trademarks of ITworld.com, Inc. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.