Third Annual IDC IT Forum & Expo Aims for the Moon with Preliminary Speakers and Conference Agenda, Featuring Keynote from Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong

    Leading Research Firm to Deliver Event for IT and Business Executives
Focused on End-User Case Studies from Industry Leaders

    FRAMINGHAM, MASS., October 31 /CNW/ - IDC, the premier global provider of
market intelligence, advisory services and events, today announced the
speakers confirmed to-date and a preliminary agenda for the IDC IT Forum &
Expo, which will take place from June 4-5, 2008 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel
in Boston, MA.

    Now in its third year and growing, the conference has become a must
attend event for IT and business executives interested in leveraging
technology to enable and transform business models and processes. Unlike other
industry events, the IDC IT Forum & Expo is content-driven, and sessions focus
on end-user case studies from leading organizations that offer a glimpse into
real-world solutions to the issues that IT and business executives face.

    The pioneering spirit of early space explorers will be captured by Apollo
11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, during a
keynote address to attendees that will surely inspire them to make their own
"giant leaps" in innovation, collaboration and technology.

    "IDC is pleased to announce the preliminary agenda and speakers for the
third annual IDC IT Forum & Expo. The sharing of best practices among IT
leaders, business executives, and our analysts is the most effective way to
move the industry forward," said Dennis Philbin, Senior Vice President,
Vertical Market Business Units and New Ventures at IDC and Conference
Chairman. "The case studies presented at this event highlight the successful
alignment of IT and business value."

    In addition, there will be a separate, invitation-only IDC CIO Summit.
Co-chaired by John Gantz, IDC's Chief Research Officer , the IDC CIO Summit is
a specialized two-day meeting that focuses on delivering high-level practical
and strategic solutions to overcome the challenges faced by today's CIOs. The
Summit gives CIOs the opportunity to interact with and learn from each other.
Speakers confirmed to-date include Norm Fjeldheim, CIO of Qualcomm, Inc.;
Larry Clark, CIO and Managing Director of Randstad North America; William
Cross; CIO of Seminole Electrical Cooperative; and William Homa CIO of
Hannaford Bros. Co. More information about the IDC CIO Summit can be found

    The IDC IT Forum & Expo will also offer an exhibit floor showcasing
technology solution providers and a casino night themed opening reception.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule one-to-one meetings with
IDC analysts at the conference. The conference is organized into four
different tracks focused on applications, enterprise infrastructure, services
and information management.

    Track 1: Applications

    The Applications Track will aid attendees in learning about software
management techniques and offer insights into building security and
reliability into software solutions to reduce risk and lower costs. Henry
Morris, Group Vice President and General Manager, Integration, Development and
Application Strategies for IDC will chair this track and lead a session,
"Taking Stock: An Update on Software Megatrends." Additional speakers also
include Dan Murphy, BI Group Manager with Cox Enterprises who will lead a
presentation on, "Empowering Your Enterprise with Business Analytics."

    Track 2: Services

    Chaired by Bob Welch, IDC's Group Vice President and General Manager,
Worldwide Research for Services, this track will offer perspectives for
business and IT executives as they evaluate investments in services to support
IT infrastructure. Sessions in this track include an overview of global
sourcing, business-driven services oriented architecture (SOA) and a
comparison of contract versus captive outsourcing.

    Track 3: Enterprise Infrastructure

    The sessions in the Enterprise Infrastructure track will provide IT
professionals with the key information needed to implement a business-enabled
IT infrastructure that meets the ever-evolving needs of the enterprise.
Chaired by Michelle Bailey, IDC's Research Vice President for Enterprise
Platforms and Datacenter Trends, this track features sessions covering unified
communications, virtualization, and aligning IT and business.

    Track 4: Information Management

    This track centers on the efficient management, storage and retrieval of
data across the enterprise. IDC's Vice President of Storage Systems, Rick
Villars will serve as chair for this track. Topics to be covered include
storage strategies for compliance, eDiscovery, content management and master
data management.

    Information about registration, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities
for the IDC IT Forum & Expo can be found here

    About IDC

    IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory
services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and
consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives,
and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases
and business strategy. More than 900 IDC analysts provide global, regional,
and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in
over 90 countries worldwide. For more than 43 years, IDC has provided
strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives.
IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research,
and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting

For further information:

For further information: IDC Glede Kabongo, 508-935-4711 or Gutenberg Communications Kevin Phelan, 617-515-8011

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