National Convergence Summit to Debut at COMNET 2003; National Convergence Alliance Joins Forces with IDG World Expo to Provide Comprehensive Education On Convergence Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 10, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that its upcoming COMNET Conference & Expo will feature the first-ever National Convergence Summit, presented by the National Convergence Alliance (NCA) and sponsored by Communications Convergence Magazine. The Summit will provide two days of intense education and training for IT leaders who want to proactively take advantage of today's top convergence technologies, with information-packed sessions covering convergence for carriers, the enterprise, contact centers and collaboration technologies.

 

COMNET Conference & Expo is the largest East Coast event to focus on the most pressing issues in communications networking. COMNET runs January 27 – 30, 2003 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The National Convergence Summit will take place on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30.

The Summit was designed to help IT leaders understand the benefits of deploying convergence technology through real-world examples. Educational sessions will shed light on the cost efficiency of converged networks, the pros and cons of in-house equipment and managed services, the continued proliferation of convergence, trends for carriers, collaboration technologies that are driving LAN and carrier network technology, covergence technologies for contact centers and much more.

COMNET's expo floor will also offer a taste of the National Convergence Summit for the benefit of all registered COMNET attendees. A pavilion dedicated to companies showcasing convergence technologies will offer a look at the latest products and services, as well as an opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry insiders.

"It is no secret that convergence technology has come of age," said National Convergence Alliance President Don Lawrence. "What many people don't realize is how widely the technology has been deployed and what it means directly to end users. This is what the National Convergence Summit is designed to address."

"We're excited to introduce the National Convergence Summit to COMNET's audience of enterprise IT leaders," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at IDG World Expo. "Through our new partnership with the National Convergence Alliance, we're providing a top-notch program to address the opportunities offered by the latest convergence technologies."

The Summit will feature sessions presented by top executives from the companies driving the future of this industry, including ADC Software Systems, AltiGen Communications, AT&T, Avaya, BellSouth, Brooktrout, Cisco, IBM, Siemens, Sonexis, Telica, Tellium, VocalData, WebEx and others. Topics include:

— VoIP Architecture Options and Vendors

— Measuring Call Quality for VoIP/Convergent Networking

— VoIP Deployment Configurations

— Convergence Outlook: Communications over IP

— VoIP Case Study and Success Stories

— Convergence: Managed Services for Enterprise Users

— Building a VoIP Migration Plan

— VXML – Converging Voice and Web Self Service

— Enterprise Convergence: Choose Your Reasons for Deploying Convergence in the Enterprise

— Contact Center VoIP Deployment Configurations

— VoIP Case Studies – Building a Business Case and Success Stories

— Multi-media – Blending Customer Interactions

For more information on the National Convergence Summit or to register, visit the COMNET 2003 Web site at http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About National Convergence Alliance

The National Convergence Alliance (NCA) is the communications industry association of convergence product and service vendors. Our audience includes the enterprise and network service provider market segments. The NCA creates a forum where equipment and service providers can discuss their customer's needs and provide a basis of education about the benefits of convergence technology.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2003

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is a catalyst for buyers and sellers in the communications networking industry to connect with the newest technologies and meet the experts driving the industry to a prosperous future. COMNET empowers network executives, service providers, carriers, suppliers/resellers and government agencies to make informed technology decisions for their network infrastructure at the beginning of each year. COMNET 2003 is a prime opportunity to learn from successful implementations of new technologies, with a special focus on security, web services, storage and wireless infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. 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.