Macworld Conference & Expo Debuts New Conference for Enterprise IT Managers

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 14, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today announced MacIT – a new conference for enterprise IT managers that will debut at the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo(R). The new conference will offer sessions on servers, services, security, IT management, integration and networking.

Now in its 20th year, Macworld Conference & Expo will take place January 5-9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Alan Oppenheimer, co-creator of the AppleTalk Network System and founder and president of Open Door Networks, will kick off MacIT with a session entitled "A History of Macintosh Networking – Lessons Learned, Future Impact," that will chronicle the networking history of the Mac and examine its present day implementation in the modern Macintosh. MacIT participants will take a trip through time as Oppenheimer explains what has changed since the Macintosh first shipped with its built-in "LocalTalk" network.

In addition to the general session, MacIT participants can choose from more than 30 sessions covering topics applicable to enterprise IT professionals integrating Apple technology into their environment. Sessions include:

— Apple Enterprise Solutions Update, presented by Thomas Weyer of Apple

— Concepts in Mac and PC Integration, presented by Phil Goodman of Goodman Consulting

— Does it Scale? Completing the Transition to OS X in the Enterprise, presented by John Mulhern III of the University of Pennsylvania

— Web Services for the Rest of Us, presented by Stuart Wilkes of Iscentia Ltd.

— Designing Complex Airport Networks, presented by Bill Wiecking of the Maui High Performance Computing Center

— Macintosh Firewalls, presented by Alan Oppenheimer of Open Door Networks

— Introduction to Rendezvous, presented by Daniel H. Steinberg of Dim Sum Thinking

— AppleScript for Network Admins, presented by John Welch of TackyShirt Inc.

— Debunking the IT Myth: The Mac as the Good IT Citizen, presented by Rik Ahlberg of Parthenon Capitol

— Macintosh Telephony Integration, presented by Michael Bayer of Computer Telephony Solutions

"With the introduction of XServe, Apple has become a serious player in the enterprise IT market," said Paul Kent, Macworld Conference & Expo conference chair. "The launch of MacIT is in direct response to the market demand for in-depth education on Macintosh IT issues and technology. More than ever before, this year's Macworld will address the unique needs of this growing audience."

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.macworldexpo.com .

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as consumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and consumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com .

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Health-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), COMNET(R) Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global Series(TM) and Portable Power Conference & Expo(TM). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net ( www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com .