Network World Announces 16th Annual User Excellence Award Competition

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – July 12, 2000-Network World, the Leader in Network Knowledge, is now accepting entries for its 2000 User Excellence Award competition. Through the award, Network World each year honors organizations using network technology in innovative and effective ways to further corporate goals. Nomination forms are available on Network World Fusion http://www.nwfusion.com/survey/excellence2000.html). Winners will be featured in Network World's annual Best Issue, a Network World Signature Series supplement, on November 13, and the overall winner will be honored at a special awards ceremony at the ComNet Conference in Washington, D.C., early next year.

"This year's User Excellence Award competition carries on a long tradition of honoring IT Professionals for jobs well done. The award takes on even greater meaning today because now, more than ever, there is widespread recognition that technology can make or break a company," said Beth Schultz, Executive Editor of Network World's Signature Series. "We know this realization has translated into business-transforming network projects, and we look forward to honoring the people responsible for these undertakings."

Submissions are evaluated based on the business case, technology choice, and costs and benefits. Organizations will be judged on how their networks mesh with business goals. And, this year, organizations will be asked how their undertaking differs from or expands on what user organizations in their industry have done with network technology. Winners will be picked

from a variety of industries, such as financial services, health care and manufacturing.

Previous winners have included such prestigious companies and organizations as American Airlines, Duke University, Eli Lilly, First Boston, Ford Motor, Hyatt, Prudential, and Olsten Staffing Services.

About Network World's User Excellence Award

Networks World's User Excellence Award honors organizations that best demonstrate innovative or effective use of network technology to achieve business objectives. Network World's annual Signature Series Best Issue highlights the best new products, services and practices in networking and the best new ideas on buying, building and managing networks.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network Leaders and enables e-business through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World

publishes the leading newsweekly, NetworkWorld, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division 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 and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

http://www.idg.com.