Fast growing division of International Data Group, IDG Connect establishes new base in Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND, May 29, 2012 – Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and IDG Connect today announced that the company is establishing a new base for operational support in Dublin. Located on Great Strand Street, Dublin 1, IDG Direct will play a pivotal role in helping IDG Connect understand global buying behaviour.

The group, headed by General Manager John Moran, has recently recruited 60 positions. The Global Head of Business Intelligence has already been recruited, and the organisation is looking to grow to around 125 positions by the end of 2013. These will be across data analysis, campaign management and telephone research. Overall, the function of the new location will be to nurture and gain intelligence into Connect’s database and deliver real insight into the global market place. Since its recent inception, IDG Direct has already worked with 102 countries across 25 languages, and is looking to rapidly expand its capabilities over the next 12 months.

IDG Connect, a subdivision of International Data Group (IDG) has seen exponential growth over the last two years on the strength of its successful suite of demand and lead generation services. These include research in over 125 countries, affiliated content creation, along with a cross section of of high quality lead generation activities, such as account profiling and appointment setting.

Making today’s announcement Minister Bruton said:

“A key part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is ensuring that we deepen and develop the impact of multinational companies here. Since January we have seen a very strong flow of investments from world-leading companies, and we are determined not only to ensure that this continues but also that these companies can create stronger links here and provide greater benefit to the economy.”

“Today’s announcement that this dynamic company is creating 125 jobs here is great news for Dublin city centre and for Ireland. With the right decisions I am convinced that Ireland can provide greater stability for investors and create the jobs and growth we need.”

Commenting on the announcement John P. O'Malley, Chief Executive Officer, IDG Connect said “Ireland offers the perfect mix of core skills, high levels of education, an established infrastructure and multi-lingual labour pool to ensure this is a success. We are a fast growing business, focused on development, and our database lies at the heart of all initiatives. Good data intelligence and high quality research are fundamental to IDG Connect’s continued global expansion and I look forward to working closely with IDA Ireland to achieve our business goals.”

Welcoming the announcement CEO, IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary said “IDG is a well respected and recognised brand in the IT, media and intelligence industry. The Irish operation will play a strategic role within the company to grow its business internationally. This investment adds to the growing cluster of companies operating from Ireland in the data management and analytics sector. IDG’s decision to locate in Dublin further enhances Ireland’s reputation as a location of choice for high quality information and content related business.”

About IDG Connect

IDG Connect is the demand generation division of International Data Group (IDG), the world's largest technology media company. Established in 2005, it utilises access to 35 million business decision makers’ details to unite technology marketers with relevant buyers from over 125 countries of the world. Committed to engaging a disparate global IT audience with truly localised messaging, IDG Connect also publishes market specific thought leadership papers on behalf of its clients, and produces research for B2B marketers worldwide. For more information visit: http://www.idgconnectmarketers.com/.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events and research company. IDG’s media brands – including CIO®, CSO®, Computerworld®, GamePro®, InfoWorld®, Macworld®, Network World®, PCWorld® and TechWorld® – reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries. IDG’s network features 460 websites and 200 print titles spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide.