Robert E. Welch Joins IDC as Group Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Services Research

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 7, 2005 – IDC today announced that Robert E. Welch has been named Group Vice President and General Manager of its Worldwide Services Research Group.

In his new role, Mr. Welch will manage IDC's Worldwide Professional Services Market Research Group. Based in Framingham Mass., he will lead IDC's rapidly growing global services research practice and provide advice to business executives, IT professionals and services vendors on topics to include business process outsourcing, IT outsourcing, and offshore outsourcing.

"We are thrilled to have an individual with Bob's leadership and market expertise joining our organization," said Crawford Del Prete, IDC's Senior Vice President of Communications, Hardware, Services, and Software Research. "The services market is experiencing a profound transformation, Bob and his team will drive IDC's ability to deliver next generation services market research to our customers."

Mr. Welch brings more than 25 years of consulting and IT services experience to IDC. Most recently he was a Vice President at Bass & Company Management Consultants where he was responsible for business and corporate development and successfully led the firm in expanding a number of its practice areas. Mr. Welch was also previously Vice President, Product industries at Cap Gemini, a Partner at Ernst & Young, and Senior Vice President at Computer Sciences Corporation.

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