IDC Insights Launches Dynamic Community for Technology Buyers to Exchange Ideas Across Industries ; Financial Insights and Health Industry Insights First to Launch

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – March 30, 2009 – IDC’s Industry Insights Companies, a series of industry-specific research and advisory business units, today announced the launch of IDC Insights Community, a dynamic technology buyer community designed to connect business and IT professionals across IDC Insights vertical industries including Energy, Financial, Government, Health, Manufacturing and Retail. The IDC Insights Community will help to facilitate the important discussions that need to take place in today’s businesses and provide a forum for information exchange and idea generation among peers. In the spirit of social networking, the goal of the community is to create a forum for IT and business professionals to discuss technology issues within the context of their business. Each industry will have a dedicated section, beginning with Financial and Health. Additional sections will be added throughout the year.

Members will be invited to participate in blog discussions, forums and polls, learn about and share best practices, tips, tricks, and tools related to business/technology alignment, network with colleagues, and provide feedback to IDC Insights analysts and peers. The IDC Insights analysts will regularly contribute content including blog posts, forum discussions and generate questions for the community members to discuss. In keeping with Insights unique value proposition, the communities will address IT issues within the context of an industry’s business. IDC Insights analysts worldwide will participate in the community, ensuring the content will be global in nature.

The community will feature the following:

* Networking opportunities– Invite, Find, and Interact with Analysts and Other Members

* Analyst Blogs

* Discussion Forums

* Events Calendar

* Community Announcements

* Resource Library

To join the community, please visit: http://idc-insights-community.com/.

“We are thrilled to offer a dynamic community for our consumers worldwide, expanding our reach into the medium of social networking,” said Meredith Whalen, group vice president and general manager, IDC Industry Insights. “We remain committed to offering fact-based research and analysis on today’s most pressing industry trends to help our customers maximize the business value of their technology investments.”

For additional information about IDC’s Insights Community, or to set up a one-on-one briefing with an Industry Insights analyst, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or sarahbethmurray@gmail.com. In addition, related reports from the Industry Insights companies are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; press personnel should email sarahbethmurray@gmail.com.

About IDC's Industry Insights Companies

IDC's Industry Insights companies provide industry executives with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable information technology (IT) and business executives to maximize the business value of their technology investments. Industry Insights covers the industry value chain for energy, financial services, government, health, retail and manufacturing. Staffed by senior analysts with extensive experience in these industries, Industry Insights provide a portfolio of offerings that are relevant to both IT and business needs.

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. For more information about IDC and its Industry Insights Companies, please go to www.idc.com.

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