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IT Consultant Republic Offers One-Stop Online Resource for Fastest Growing Segment of IT

LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 23, 2000—TechRepublic (www.techrepublic.com), the leading online destination developed exclusively for IT professionals by IT professionals, announced today the expansion of its destination site to include the launch of the IT Consultant Republic. The newest addition to the TechRepublic site offers a wealth of online tools and information developed exclusively for the millions of IT consultants around the world.

According to Gartner, the world’s leading technology advisor and the parent company of TechRepublic, the IT consulting sector is the fastest growing area of e-commerce, with revenues expected to reach $55.8 billion in the United States by 2003. Worldwide IT consulting revenue is projected to grow to more than $86.5 billion in 2004, a 54 percent increase from today’s levels.

“We are excited to expand the TechRepublic community to include IT consultants,” said Tom Cottingham, president and CEO of TechRepublic. “This segment of the IT profession has previously had nowhere to call home. Now, we look forward to offering them the same combination of useful information and peer-to-peer interaction that more than 550,000 IT professionals have already discovered at TechRepublic.”

From the CIO to the help desk, TechRepublic members represent all segments of the IT profession. With the addition of IT Consultant Republic, the TechRepublic site now offers one of the most dynamic and unique sectors of IT with an online community to call their own. Members find content that engages, informs, and educates them on the most up-to-date news and information on industry issues such as business development, client relations, marketing, project management, and technology trends. The site also provides members with the tools and services needed to manage their professional lives online.

In addition to the expert editorial staff at TechRepublic, the IT Consultant Republic also will feature columns from some of the leading IT consulting experts, including notable experts Rick Freedman and Tom Rodenhauser. Freedman will contribute to “Consultant Master Class,” a semi-monthly column that explores the terrain of client relations, and Rodenhauser will offer e-consulting and management consulting news in his weekly “Inside Consulting” column.

“We are pleased to launch the IT Consultant Republic, the online source of tools and information that IT consultants have been waiting for,” said Jennifer Recktenwald, IT Consultant Republic community editor. “IT consultants are fundamentally changing the way businesses utilize technology. With industry-leading experts such as Rick and Tom involved with this endeavor, the IT Consultant Republic will become the indispensable resource for IT consultants around the world.”

In an average month, the TechRepublic Web site logs more than six million page views. Visitors to the site obtain news, information, and the latest in trends and analysis in information technology.


About TechRepublic
TechRepublic is the leading online destination developed exclusively for IT professionals by IT professionals. TechRepublic was acquired by Gartner in March 2000. With the Gartner relationship, TechRepublic provides its members the largest and most comprehensive source of IT community, content, and research available anywhere. Services include IT industry news, analysis, columns, articles, downloads, career management tips, forums, job directory, peer directory, vendor directory, auctions, e-commerce offerings, event listings, and electronic newsletters.

Content on TechRepublic.com is categorized by IT job segments. CIO Republic provides analysis and insight for an organization’s CIO, CTO, and other IT executives; IT Consultant Republic features content specifically tailored to today’s IT consultant; IT Manager Republic provides information and resources for IT managers; IT Support Republic’s solutions assist help desk professionals; IT Trainer Republic prepares IT trainers with a wealth of resources and advice; and NetAdmin Republic features content written specifically for network administrators.