Verizon’s CIO to Deliver Keynote Address at IDC IT Forum & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 31, 2006 – IDC today announced that Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Verizon Communications, will deliver one of the keynote addresses at IDC's IT Forum & Expo in Boston from June 14-16, 2006 ( The IDC IT Forum & Expo is designed to provide IT and business executives with fresh perspectives on how technology can be used to drive business transformation and innovation.

Noting that IT has penetrated every corner of daily business and personal life, Kheradpir will address how IT has become a viable platform for unleashing people's imaginations, to harness their creativity for practical applications — not only for optimizing business efficiency and effectiveness but also increasingly enhancing the quality of life.

Kheradpir is part of an impressive roster of keynoter speakers at the IDC IT Forum & Expo that includes: former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Mexico's Minister of Economy Sergio Garcia de Alba Zepeda; Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President & CIO, FedEx Corp.; author and management educator Jim Collins; John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World; and John Gantz, IDC's Chief Research Officer.

"Dr. Kheradpir represents yet another powerful addition to our roster of keynote speakers at IDC IT Forum & Expo," said Kirk Campbell, President and CEO of IDC. "In structuring the keynote sessions and the conference generally, we've intentionally offered a broad range of perspectives — from global macroeconomic issues to corporate IT strategy and tactics — so that attendees come away with both content and context."

The IDC IT Forum & Expo features a robust agenda of technology and business topics, including numerous case studies of successful technology-enabled business transformations from companies that got it right. Among these are CheckFree Corporation, whose Director of Security Engineering will speak about Aggregating Security Applications to Reduce Operational Complexity at his organization; the Vice President of Health Care Services Systems Delivery at BlueCross and BlueShield of Massachusetts discussing the creation and operation of the Mass e-Health Collaborative and Mass Share; and the CIO of Austin Energy, who will speak about The Challenges and Benefits of Aligning IT and the critical steps of the transformation he has been leading at his organization.

The conference also offers three industry-specific tracks — for manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare — and an exclusive invitation-only CIO Summit for senior executives, which will provide a practical, hands-on approach to the imperatives that are crucial to the success of the CIO. IDC analysts will be available throughout the conference for private meeting with attendees. In addition, the conference features an expo floor showcasing the latest technology products and services from 40 companies to help attendees with their own organization's business transformation.

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