Network World Announces Robust Program of Technology Events for 2003

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 26, 2002 – Network World, the Leader in Network Knowledge, today announced its schedule of events for 2003, addressing the most relevant and pressing technology issues facing Network IT Executives today. For 12 years, Network World's event program has successfully focused on bringing highly qualified network IT buyers and sellers together in a face-to-face venue. The Technology Tour series topics are carefully chosen based on editorial surveys, audience feedback and independent research.


2003 Technology Tour: Moderated by:

Service-Level Management Rick Sturm, Enterprise Management Assoc. Feb-March

Wireless LANs Tom Henderson, ExtremeLabs, Inc. March-April

Storage Steve Duplessie, Enterprise Storage Group May-June

Security Joel Snyder, PhD, Opus One May-June

Voice over IP Steve Taylor, Distributed Networking Associates June

State of the WAN Dr. Jim Metzler, Ashton, Metzler & Associates September

State of the LAN/MAN Kevin Tolly, The Tolly Group Nov-Dec

Network World's Qualified Buyers Process ensures event sponsors will have access to a pre-qualified audience of serious buyers and decision-makers for network products and services. Registrants must meet a stringent set of demographic criteria to qualify to attend, including intent to purchase and approved budget.

"We want to reach a very targeted audience of network IT buyers with purchase authority and approved budgets. With Network World's pre-qualifying process we get exactly what we want — serious buyers. Network World's proven track record of consistently delivering highly qualified leads has made us a loyal event sponsor for over five years," said Bobby Johnson, CEO, Foundry Networks.

"Network World event sponsorship is truly a means to increasing ROI. Recent independent research has shown that Network World event attendees are twice as likely to purchase a sponsor's product than a non-sponsor's product," stated Robin Azar, Vice President, Events and Executive Forums, Network World, Inc.

The one-day regional format allows Network IT Executives to gather the information they need to keep pace with changing technology with minimal impact to their schedules or travel budgets. The laser-focused content assures attendees that they will receive valuable information without having to cope with the distractions of large trade shows.

A well-respected industry analyst, who provides a keynote presentation, moderates each Technology Tour and works with a Network World editor to address all questions and concerns. All platinum sponsors have a 20-minute time slot to present their technology. Two sessions of lively roundtable debate centered on questions from the audience complete the day.

Technology tours complement Network World's other event offerings, which include Executive Forums, premier executive conferences that provide information, opinion and networking opportunities for the high-tech elite. Custom events and webcasts round out Network World's Events and Executive Forums complete marketing partnership capabilities.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives 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, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, 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 worldwide. Company information is

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