International Data Group

    International Data Group history, profile and corporate video

     A media, research, and events company, International Data Group (IDG) publishes 200 magazines and newspapers devoted to information technology. The company also maintains 460 technology-specific websites and produces over 700 computer-related conferences and events worldwide. The IDG TechNetwork represents more than 450 tech focused websites in an ad network complementary to IDG’s media brands. Thecompany’s IDC unit employs 1,000 analysts covering the technology industry. In July IDG announced that after 30 years its most well-known magazine, PCWorld, would move to an all digital format in the U.S.”

    “International Data Group History

    Over the past 48 years, IDG has grown into a multi-billion dollar company, reaching technology audiences in 97 countries.


    1964: International Data Corporation (IDC) is founded by Patrick J. McGovern

    1967: Computerworld, the first publication for International Data Group (IDG) is launched

    1969: IDC U.K., IDC’s first international office, is established

    1972: IDG’s first international title, Shukan Computers, is launched in Japan

    1980: IDG enters China with Computerworld China

    1984: Macworld (U.S.) is launched the same week as the Macintosh computer

    1988: IDG becomes the first U.S. company to publish in the Soviet Union (PC World U.S.S.R.)

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    1990: DEMO conference debuts in U.S.

    1992: PC World Vietnam, the country’s first computer publication, debuts

    1998: Hearst Magazines and IDG publish Cosmopolitan in China

    2000: Pat McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern commit $350 million to MIT to establish the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

    2001: IDG named to Fortune magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For”

    2005: IDC’s Manufacturing Insights and Energy Insights companies debut

    2006: IDG Connect, with a database of more than six-million readers, website visitors and event attendees, becomes available to marketers looking to sell to buyers in various technology categories

    2007: InfoWorld U.S. ceases print publication and goes online only, signaling IDG’s move to a Web-centric strategy

    2008: IDG launches the IDG TechNetwork, an advertising network that aggregates high-quality independent IT sites and represents them to technology marketers who are eager to reach buyers with specific tech interests

    2009: IDG announces innovative social media marketing programs IDG Amplify and IDG Social Scout

    2010: IDG Germany launches CFOworld print magazine based on success of website

    2011: IDG launches TechMedia Exchange, the industry’s first private ad exchange”

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    **Video published on YouTube by “IDG Knowledge Hub



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