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Delegates from world's leading corporates flock to sign up to IBF 24 - a 24 hour global get together and the first carbon neutral conference

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internationally acclaimed industry leaders and senior executives from the likes of Microsoft, Google and IBM will make keynote presentations and lead panel sessions and master classes looking at a multitude of pertinent topics such as Enterprise 2.0, usability, communication, governance and the financial value of intranets.

At 11am GMT on June 18th, hundreds of the world's largest organisations will come together to share, collaborate and learn at IBF 24 - a unique global online gathering and the world's first major corporate event on the web.

Hosted by the Intranet Benchmarking Forum (IBF at http://www.ibforum.com and http://www.ibf24.com ), an exclusive, confidential intranet and portal benchmarking group of leading global organisations, this innovative 24 hour online event is focussed exclusively on intranet innovation.

Paul Miller, IBF Chairman and CEO, said: "We'll be taking delegates live 'behind the firewall' at a dozen of the world's most advanced intranets, corporate portals and information workplaces including those at Google, Microsoft, the BBC, IBM, Nokia, BT, Nissan, IKEA, SAP, Sara Lee and America Electric Power. In most instances, this will be the first time that these innovative intranets have been opened up to 'outsiders' and delegates will be able to join live Q&A sessions where they can interact directly with the teams responsible for building and managing those pioneering intranets.

"Additionally," Miller continued, "internationally acclaimed industry leaders and senior executives from the likes of Microsoft, Google and IBM will make keynote presentations and lead panel sessions and master classes looking at a multitude of pertinent topics such as Enterprise 2.0, usability, communication, governance and the financial value of intranets."

Former White House Aide.

In what is something of a coup for the event organisers, internationally acclaimed business author and former presidential speechwriter and White House aide, Dan Pink, will be making the key note presentation at IBF 24. Addressing the subject of 'economic transformation and the new workplace,' Dan Pink is the best-selling author of a trio of provocative books on the changing world of work and an acknowledged expert on employee-management relations.

Commenting on his role at IBF 24, Dan said: "without doubt the future of employee and internal team communications is irrevocably linked to how companies communicate with their people and an effective intranet will be the cornerstone of this function. I'm delighted to be associated with the IBF and am looking forward enormously to the 18th June."

A Truly Green Event.

In addition to the undoubted technological and commercial benefits that delegates will glean from 'attending' this innovative and exciting event, they will also be partaking in one of the most environmentally friendly conferences yet - saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 in flight emissions alone.

The IBF's Paul Miller said: "For the IBF, its members and our guests this unique event is doubly exciting. Not only will it be the most high profile and significant ever for those involved in any way in the world of corporate intranets but, because of its innovative online nature, it's also poised to be one of the most environmentally friendly conferences ever.

"We're fully anticipating that more than 1000 delegates from all four corners of the globe will be attending one or more sessions throughout the 24 hours," continued Miller, "and everyone will have the luxury of being able to attend from the comfort of their own desk, office, home or wherever. Translate that into the savings on flights, hotels, cars and so on - let alone the huge savings in time and stress in not having to physically travel to and attend the event - and we're looking at companies making massive budget savings and contributing, in no small way, to a greener corporate world."

Established in 2002, the IBF is the world's foremost intranet and portal benchmarking group and is acknowledged to have established industry standards for intranet and portal performance. Members include BP, Nokia, HSBC, ExxonMobil, the BBC, Unilever, Sara Lee, Shell and Reuters.
For further information please contact:
Fraser Butters at Pervasive PR on +44 (0)7766 566396 or fraser(at)pervasivepr.com
Or
Paul Miller at the IBF on +44 (0) 20 7435 6606 or +44 (0)7785 255883 or paul(at)ibforum.com at http://www.ibforum.com or http://www.ibf24.com

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