Timothy Chou To Deliver SaaScon Keynote Address; Industry VIP will kick-off the inaugural Software as a Service conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 31, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, has announced that Timothy Chou, author of the influential book "The End of Software," former President of Oracle On Demand and distinguished industry icon will deliver the opening keynote address at SaaScon(TM), the only Business to Business event for Software as a Service. SaaScon is scheduled to take place September 26-27, 2006 at the San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, CA.

"Software as a service is the future of applications and SaaScon is the definitive event to explore that future today," said Timothy Chou. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this first ever event and to be playing a significant role in the progression of the industry."

Under the leadership of Chou, Oracle On Demand was the fastest growing business inside of Oracle. Customers include privately held companies as well as Fortune 500 corporations across all industries, including airlines, consumer goods, financial services, government, high technology, manufacturing and retail. Chou helped Oracle become widely acknowledged as leading the next generation of outsourcing toward software as a service and the utility computing model. In addition to spearheading a significant shift in the business model at Oracle, he is also recognized as an industry leader and has been featured in Forbes, Business Week and the Economist. Timothy Chou serves as a member of the board of directors of Embarcadero Technologies (EMBT), a member of the advisory board of WebEx (WEBX), and recently launched the first course in Software as a Service at Stanford University.

"To have an opening keynote speaker of the caliber of Timothy Chou at an inaugural event speaks volumes about the significance of this conference," said Patty Caron, Brand Vice President, IDG World Expo. "The establishment of SaaScon fills a huge market void because there's no other event that presents the opportunity to hear real-life, unbiased case studies for software as a service. Timothy's interest and enthusiasm in participating in such a key role further validates that we are truly setting the agenda for the industry."

SaaScon is the industry's only event designed for business and technical professionals seeking to learn about the latest offerings from providers and how they can incorporate SaaS offerings into their business environments. The conference will also offer real-world examples of SaaS implementations across a broad spectrum of industries.

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.saascon.com .

About SaaScon

SaaScon is the premier event for business and IT professional seeking to dramatically lower capital expenses, produce recurring revenue and streamline product delivery and support through the Software as a Service model. SaaS is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a web-based service, removing the need for organizations to handle the installation, set-up and maintenance while significantly reducing costs. For information or to register for the event, visit the SaaScon Web site at www.saascon.com . For exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Giovanni Stein at 508-424-4864 or giovanni_stein@idg.com.

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IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions(TM) Summit, Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), GridWorld(TM), Syndicate(TM), SaaScon(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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