CMP Technology's VARBusiness 500 Awards Conference Honors North America's Top IT Solutions Providers

Expanded Conference Features Author, Malcolm Gladwell, and George Ross of the Trump Organization, as Guest Speakers

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MANHASSET, N.Y.
Jun 6, 2006

North America's top information-technology (IT) solution providers will be honored at a gala awards event, on Tuesday evening, June 13, as part of an expanded VARBusiness 500 Conference. The 1 1/2 day conference, sponsored by CMP Technology's VARBusiness, the biweekly magazine that covers the business of technology integration, begins June 12, with an executive panel, and guest speaker George Ross - right hand man to Donald Trump. June 13 will feature editorial roundtables, briefings, and the annual awards dinner, with noted business author Malcolm Gladwell as the keynote speaker.

Robert C. DeMarzo, the magazine's publisher, explains, "The VARBusiness 500 conference proved so successful during its first five years that we added a second day of activities and moved to a larger venue in 2006."

DeMarzo notes that the added day's VIP agenda offers actionable content, including a VARBusiness 500 Executive Panel, where VARBusiness 500 companies will be sharing the secrets of their success, executive briefings, and a special guest speaker Laurie Orlov, VP President and Research Director of Forrester, who will speak about the changing role of IT in the Enterprise in terms of spending and innovation. Additionally, a welcome reception will feature remarks by George Ross, executive vice president of The Trump Organization.

Awards-event speaker Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of two books, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference," (2000) and "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" (2005), both of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.

The VARBusiness 500 awards event celebrates the top-placed firms among North America's approximately 90,000 third-party companies that help corporations and institutions best apply IT strategies and systems. The definitive revenue-based ranking is derived from formal research among solution providers, IT consultants, integrators and service organizations.

The June 12-13 conference seminars and awards event, at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel, is a unique opportunity for sponsoring IT vendors to access key executives from the solution provider community. This year's sponsors include AMD, IBM, HP and Symantec at the executive platinum level; Business Objects, CA and Oracle at platinum; APC, Sonicwall, Avnet, Toshiba and Websense at gold, and an after-party sponsored by OnForce.

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 19 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in- depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com.

About CMP Technology (www.cmp.com)

CMP Technology is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

   Contact:  Jeanne Fico
             CMP Channel Group
             (516) 562-7993

             Jason Chupick
             Plesser Holland Associates
             (212) 420-8383 x108

SOURCE: CMP Technology

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