Network World Live’s IT Roadmap Series to Debut in Boston on March 20, 2006; New Quarterly Conference & Expo from Publishers of the Award winning Magazine and Web site; Multi-track Event Enables Comprehensive Solution Analysis

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 25, 2006 – Network World Live, the events arm of the market leading magazine and Web site, kicks off the new year with the introduction of a newly expanded event series: the IT Roadmap Conference and Expo. IT Roadmap joins together enterprise decision makers with top IT analysts, vendors and Network World editors in a comprehensive, one-day information exchange focused around six mission-critical IT topics. IT Roadmap: Boston, the first event in the series, will take place March 20 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel and is sponsored by top names in IT including Akamai, Dell, Fluke Networks, Microsoft, Mirapoint, Orbital Data, Packeteer and many others. IT Roadmap conferences will occur quarterly and take place in Chicago, Dallas, and the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006.

"IT professionals are busy folks," said John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World. "A typical day for them includes securing the network against hackers, ensuring system uptime, supporting applications, and maintaining databases – all while reacting to myriad user issues that arise over the course of a given day. Readers of Network World have asked for an end-user strategy conference that delivers actionable content – in other words, a live-action version of our magazine. IT Roadmap answers that request."

The IT Roadmap series grew out of and complements Network World Live's phenomenally successful Technology Tour program. IT Roadmap encompasses high involvement from Network World's top editorial team, insightful perspectives from respected industry analysts, valuable case studies from IT buyers and presentations from the top technology solutions providers. Each IT Roadmap conference explores six topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies. Tracks at IT Roadmap: Boston will focus on:

— Application and Content Security;

— Wireless LANs & Enterprise Mobility;

— Network Management;

— Storage & Data Compliance;

— VoIP & Collaboration and

— Application Acceleration.

CXOs, IT directors and managers, and network VPs and architects are invited to accomplish a year's worth of vendor analysis among more than two-dozen solution providers – all in one day. The IT Roadmap series will showcase focused solutions that anticipate problems, work for enterprise customers, and speed results to the bottom line. Qualified attendees can register to attend IT Roadmap: Boston for free at .

Networking Immersion

In the summer of 2005, Network World Live sponsored research to determine how IT decision-makers prefer to meet vendors, analyze networking solutions, and gain insight into the hot button issues directly affecting their network. The content and structure of the IT Roadmap series was built based on direct feedback from this audience.

At IT Roadmap: Boston, Network World President and Editorial Director John Gallant will deliver a keynote address entitled 'Navigating the Road Ahead: The New IT Imperatives.' Says Gallant, "After 20 years of tracking the technology industry editorially and 14 years of serving our readers in face-to-face event environments, we know what's important in IT. We literally rip the IT Roadmap topics straight from our headlines and apply the best minds to forecasting future trends."

Following the keynote, attendees choose to participate in presentations, analysis, and case studies in three of the six topics areas. Attendees also benefit from a vendor expo dedicated to networking solutions.

IT All-Stars

Winners of Network World's Enterprise All-Stars program will share their real-world networking projects, implementations, and expertise with IT Roadmap: Boston attendees. These All-Stars, the best of the best in IT, will kick off the conference with an agenda-setting panel focused on end user strategies and solutions that work. John Dix, Editor in Chief of Network World, will lead these All-Stars in a roundtable discussion.

Each All-Star has demonstrated exceptional use of technology within a key industry segment — such as education, financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation. And the IT projects these All-Stars manage are object lessons in how the smart use of technology is smart business.

IT Roadmap: Boston Sponsors

Platinum sponsors of IT Roadmap: Boston are Akamai Technologies, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Dell, Endforce, Infoblox, Foundry Networks, Fluke Networks, Microsoft, Mirapoint, Optinuity, Orbital Data, and Packeteer, Inc. Gold sponsors are APC, Double-Take by NSI Software, Emulex, EqualLogic, Expand Networks, Facetime, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, LeftHand Networks, Lucent Technologies, MailFrontier, Mitel, Qlogic, RealOps, Riverbed Technology, and Silver Peak.

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 ( ), 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. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

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, MacWorld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at .