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06/23/2006

International Data Group Named “One of the Best Places to Work”

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 23, 2006 – The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) has named International Data Group (IDG) as “One of the Best Places to Work” in Massachusetts in its annual awards program. The honor recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

IDG, the world’s leading technology media, events, and research company, was one of more than 300 companies to qualify for consideration, making the top 20 list in its size category based on the results of employee-satisfaction surveys completed in the spring.

“For over 40 years, IDG has strived to be a leader in investing in our employees through training, promoting from within, and employee ownership,” said Patrick J. McGovern, Founder and Chairman, IDG. “To be recognized as ‘One of the Best Places to Work’ from among hundreds of companies in the state is very gratifying.” IDG employs approximately 1,000 people in Massachusetts.

George Donnelly, Boston Business Journal editor said: "For the fourth year in a row, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business."

The top 20 companies in four size categories – emerging (10-24 employees), small (25-100 employees), midsize (101-500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees) – will be profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal to be published on June 23, 2006. Additional event information can be found online at http://events.bizjournals.com/2313.

The survey project itself was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm QMR Inc. of Wichita, Kansas. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 20,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

"Accommodating employees' personal needs pays back dividends of loyalty and productivity," said Boston Business Journal Publisher Michael Olivieri. "The companies on our list recognize that their commitment to employees is especially important as the economy strengthens and competition for talent continues to grow."

Olivieri continued, "The Best Places to work know the care of their employees is instrumental in maintaining the quality and reputation for services and products."

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

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