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Zend/PHP Conference Keynote Speakers Unveiled

IBM, Marc Andreessen and Redmonk Announced as Zend/PHP Conference Keynote Speakers

CUPERTINO, CA - May 2, 2005 - Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, and creator of products and services supporting the development, deployment and management of PHP-based applications, today announced Marc Andreessen, chairman of Opsware, co-founder of Netscape and industry luminary, Stephen O'Grady, senior analyst and co-founder of Redmonk, and Rod Smith, vice president of emerging technology, IBM Software Group, as initial keynote speakers for the upcoming Zend/PHP conference. At the same time, the company announced that IBM would participate in the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo as a major sponsor of the event.

Earlier this year, IBM announced an agreement with Zend Technologies to further enhance PHP. Zend also announced plans to develop the Zend Core for IBM, the industry's first integrated solution to build and deploy applications and services based on PHP.

"The participation of such industry leaders like Marc Andreessen, Stephen O'Grady and IBM highlights the overall positive industry feedback about the timing and the content of the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo," said Pamela Roussos, vice president of marketing for Zend Technologies. "We are excited to have Fortune 1000 companies signing on early, as it will encourage many other developers, of all sizes, to get on board. PHP has been gaining momentum for some time, and we are seeing the enterprise develop and deliver business critical applications, which will be showcased at the event."

Marc Andreessen is widely recognized for his role in launching the Internet revolution in 1993, with his creation of the Mosaic browser while at the University of Illinois. After graduation, Marc co-founded Netscape Communications and played a critical role in the company's hypergrowth. Andreessen later became CTO of AOL when the company purchased Netscape in 1999.

Zend Platform

Zend Platform is the integrated software platform that supports the reliability, scalability and interoperability requirements of business critical PHP applications. The product was developed based on direct feedback from hundreds of Zend customers currently using Zend products to develop and manage corporate applications. Zend Platform adds a wide range of new functionality that speeds time to production and improves end user satisfaction by increasing the overall performance of enterprise applications.

IBM to Showcase PHP Solutions at Zend/PHP Conference and Expo

Stephen O'Grady is a senior analyst and co-founder of Redmonk, a leading market research firm that is bringing open source to the world of industry analysts. O'Grady covers the full spectrum of enterprise applications from development to deployment, with a special focus on open source and application development.

Rod Smith, VP of Emerging Technologies for IBM Software, is a well-recognized technical leader both within IBM's software business and across the industry. Smith is responsible for leading technological innovation in the Internet software space, guiding it into industry-standard specifications and into IBM's Internet products, such as WebSphere.

The Zend/PHP Conference and Expo Call for Presentations for speakers to present at the four day "Power Your Business With PHP" conference are now available at zend.kbconferences.com. The conference is being held October 18-21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, CA.

Power Your Business With PHP

The "Power Your Business with PHP" conference will include daily keynote addresses, technical and business sessions, an exhibit hall and evening activities. The event will include a wide range of sessions, from hands-on tutorials for PHP developers, to business case studies highlighting PHP-based enterprise solutions from Fortune 1000 companies. As part of the conference, attendees will also be able to participate in pre-conference Training and Certification sessions hosted by Zend. The following tracks have been finalized for speakers:

  • The Business Case for PHP
  • Developing, Deploying and Managing Large Scale PHP Applications
  • Integrating PHP with the Enterprise (including Web Services and XML)
  • PHP Resources: Tools, Libraries and Techniques

The speaker sessions will run 45-50 minutes, and there are some double sessions available. Interested speakers will find a call for papers at zend.kbconferences.com. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is June 30, 2005. The site will also be updated regularly with conference information, including sponsorship opportunities, exhibit space information and the press program.

About Zend Technologies, Inc.

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend and its founders are the architects of PHP, which is used by more than fifteen million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than 8,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend, headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded with investments from Azure, Index, Platinum, and Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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Press Contacts:

Pamela Roussos
Zend Technologies

Allison Niday
Impact Communications

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