Network World Call-for-Entry: 2006 Enterprise All-Star Awards

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – March 8, 2006 – Network World, Inc. announced that it is accepting nominations for its second annual Enterprise All-Star Awards competition. These Enterprise All-Star Awards honor organizations for the innovative use of technology to help their companies enter new markets, streamline business processes, increase competitive advantage and dramatically reduce costs. The 50 companies honored as All-Stars in 2005 included such organizations as Citigroup, Carnival Cruise Lines, The Weather Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard Operations System Center and Fidelity Investments.

The 2006 Network World Enterprise All-Star winners will be featured in Network World's September 25th issue. All-Star nominations will be accepted through May 10, 2006. Entry forms and complete rules may be found at http://www.networkworld.com/survey/easform.html.

Executives from selected 2005 All-Star companies will be showcased on March 20, 2006 at Network World's IT Roadmap Conference and Expo in Boston, where they will discuss their award-winning projects and share insights on the direction of the IT industry. Confirmed presenters at IT Roadmap Conference and Expo in Boston include:

— John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

— Ahmed El-Haggan, VP of IT/CIO, Coppin State University, Baltimore

— Tom McCormick, Manager of Network Engineering, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami

"In 2002, Beth Israel Deaconess experienced a major network outage. We immediately began a multi-year program to create a world-class network," said Dr. John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "The 2005 Enterprise All-Stars Award is a milestone which validates our work to evolve from 'outage' to 'outstanding'. We look forward to attending (IT Roadmap) and sharing our lessons learned." To register for the conference, visit http://www.networkworld.com/events/.

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About Network World's Enterprise All-Star Award

The Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards recognize exceptional use of network technology to further business objectives of organizations across a range of industry segments including education, financial services, and healthcare. For the inaugural 2005 award, 50 enterprise IT organizations representing the best, most innovative application of network technologies were selected. These award-winning Network IT projects were profiled in Network World's special edition Signature Series Enterprise All-Star Issue published November 21, 2005 and on the Web site at http://www.networkworld.com/allstar/2005.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, 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 (http://www.networkworld.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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