Security Dominates This Year’s Technology Advancements as IDG’s Computerworld Unveils Innovative Technology Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 – Cutting-Edge Technology Combined with Savvy Use of Products Determines Third Annual Award Winners. IDG's Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, today announced the 30 winners of its third annual Innovative Technology Awards. The awards program recognizes leading-edge technology that provides measurable business value to end-user organizations. The complete list of winning technologies, along with descriptions of end-user implementations, will appear in the September 13 issue of Computerworld and online at computerworld.com.

Thirty winners were honored in 12 technology categories. With security topping many IT agendas this year, the number of companies in this category accounts for 30% of the overall winners. The remaining winners were spread across hardware, mobile/wireless, Web site development, CRM, data management, application development, storage, networking, network management, enterprise systems and supply chain/ERP categories. Geographically, companies from California represented the forefront of innovation, comprising 13 of the 30 winners. Following is a sample of this year's winners:

Name Category Location

EqualLogic Storage Nashua, N.H.

Expand Networks Network Management Roseland, N.J.

ForeSee Results Web Site Management Ann Arbor, Mich.

Infowave Mobile/Wireless Burnaby, British Columbia

Interwise Enterprise Systems Santa Clara, Calif.

iPhrase CRM Bedford, Mass.

Kalido Ltd. Data Management London

nCircle Security San Francisco

NetLi Inc. Application Development Palo Alto, Calif.

Vieo Inc. Hardware Austin, Texas

"Our award winners this year should be recognized for creating products that truly are revolutionary for their customers," said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld. "These companies have not only developed 'cool' products, but ones that solve real business problems and have produced measurable payback for customers."

Customer results achieved through working with the technology innovators include:

— A hospital saving nearly 60% on storage area network (SAN) costs as a result of automating functions, discontinuing outsourcing, and lowering network expansion expenses;

— An automotive parts retailer saving over $32,000 annually by increasing network capacity; and

— An e-learning company saving over $1 million in Web conferencing by choosing a vendor that eliminated costly overage changes while increasing functionality.

For further details regarding winners' technology innovations, as well as practical advice from IT leaders using these technologies, please visit http://www.computerworld.com/managementtopics/management/report.

In order to be considered for the awards program, vendors had to be nominated by IT end users that do not produce or sell technology. Nominees were surveyed by the judges regarding their technology innovations, and customer references were contacted for each vendor. A panel of outside experts and Computerworld editors then reviewed the surveys and chose winners from a pool of 270 nominations.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management with a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over one million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), 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), Macworld 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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