ITtoolbox Tops 1.5 Million Pages of Professional Community-Generated Content on the Heels of its Ninth Anniversary

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IT community leverages value of social networking for professionals with more than 1.1 million registered members.

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The knowledge and best practices exhibited in the content created by ITtoolbox members are a testament to the value online communities provide on the job. The targeted nature of this content also allows ITtoolbox to highlight the power of communities for high-performance advertising that is matched to users' specific needs.

ITtoolbox, the online community enabling professional IT knowledge sharing with more than 1.1 million registered members, today announced it has surpassed 1.5 million pages of practical community-generated content. This announcement comes on the heels of the company's ninth anniversary in bringing the value of online collaboration to the professional IT community.

Founded to make professionals better at their jobs through an online community, ITtoolbox has evolved to incorporate emerging social media tools like blogs, discussion groups, wiki, and professional networking. This knowledge-sharing platform has become embedded into the daily workflow of the IT decision makers and front line practitioners who rely on ITtoolbox, allowing them to share knowledge to do their jobs better. The more than 1.1 million registered members continuously generate practical and reusable content as they solve problems, research purchases, and further their careers through interactions with their peers at ITtoolbox.

"We're proud to continue our commitment to help our members and customers solve their most pressing problems into another year," said Dan Morrison, co-founder and CEO of ITtoolbox. "The knowledge and best practices exhibited in the content created by ITtoolbox members are a testament to the value online communities provide on the job. The targeted nature of this content also allows ITtoolbox to highlight the power of communities for high-performance advertising that is matched to users' specific needs."

ITtoolbox has experienced significant growth in key metrics since its last anniversary, including an 88% increase in page views to its community products. Individually, these community products have also achieved significant milestones and growth in 2007 (Q2 2006 to Q2 2007), including:

  • Professional Networking: more than 200,000 professional profiles have been created since the launch of ITtoolbox Professional Networking in September 2006.
  • ITtoolbox Blogs: driven by enhancements dedicated to improving the user experience, the ITtoolbox Blogs program experienced 57% growth in unique visitors and 96% growth in comments to blog entries.
  • ITtoolbox Groups: more than 650 discussion groups now process 100 million user-generated e-mails monthly dedicated to strategy and planning, vendor selection, problem solving, and career topics across all IT segments.
  • ITtoolbox Wiki: unique visitors to this wiki-powered reference have increased by more that 55% and the ITtoolbox Wiki program now has more than 3,700 total articles.

Dru Lavigne, Editor-in-Chief, Open Source Business Resource, posted the 1.5 millionth page of content in a recent entry to her ITtoolbox blog, "A Year in the Life of a BSD Guru." In the milestone entry, Kubuntu vs. PC-BSD, Ms. Lavigne provided a side-by-side comparison of two operating systems to test performance and responsiveness. The entry sparked over 60 comments from the ITtoolbox community.

"The ITtoolbox Blogs program provides an excellent resource for keeping in touch with what is really happening in IT from those in the trenches. ITtoolbox is my first Internet stop of the day as I catch up on what is new over that first cup of coffee," commented Ms. Lavigne. "Having the ability to interact with other professionals through blog comments and the connection manager has allowed me to increase my network of contacts."

About ITtoolbox
ITtoolbox is an online community, enabling peers to share professional knowledge about information technology. Since 1998, ITtoolbox has helped professionals make IT decisions and stay current in the rapidly changing technology market through peer collaboration. The ITtoolbox platform incorporates a professional network, blogs, discussion groups, and a wiki, facilitating targeted community interaction in which IT advertisers can participate through a proprietary contextual matching system. This combination of community and advertising value has made ITtoolbox a leading destination for professionals and a leader in online advertising, performing for more than 800 clients, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Dell and HP. For more information visit http://www.ITtoolbox.com.

ITtoolbox is a division of the Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD). The Corporate Executive Board Company is a leading provider of best practices research and analysis focusing on corporate strategy, operations and general management issues. CEB provides its integrated set of services currently to more than 3,700 of the world's largest and most prestigious corporations, including over 80% of the Fortune 500. These services are provided primarily on an annual subscription basis and include best practices research studies, executive education seminars, customized research briefs and web-based access to the program content databases and decision support tools. The company is located in Washington DC. For more information, please visit http://www.executiveboard.com/contact+form.

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Alison Kenney    
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781-842-0801

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