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4th February 2008. The Intranet Benchmarking Forum (IBF at www.ibforum.com), an exclusive, confidential intranet and portal benchmarking group of leading UK, US and global organisations, has responded to demand and launched two new membership tiers – IBF Asia-Pacific and IBF Europe.

Formed 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. IBF members include the BBC, BT, HM Revenue and Customs, Nokia, Unilever, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kellogg’s amongst others.

Paul Miller, IBF Chairman and CEO, said: “The mission of the IBF is to drive forward the performance of member intranets and portals through interaction, measurement and best practice and we have created these new membership tiers as a direct response to significant demand from corporates across Asia-Pacific and mainland Europe looking to join the forum. This is undoubtedly a reflection of the success of the IBF and its services to date - especially in the UK and the US.

“Intranet managers in corporates across these new regions,” continued Miller, “can now benefit from services that include independent benchmarking of their intranets and frequent opportunities for interaction with their peers in member-only meetings and intranet ‘tours’. We also provide members with a programme of exclusive, high-quality research into best practice in intranet management.”

IBF Asia-Pacific members are expected to come from Asia-Pacific Top 1000 organisations and the ‘founders meeting’ takes place on 11th March in Sydney, Australia. Expected to attend are intranet and portal managers from the likes of ANZ, AMP, BP, Procter & Gamble, Visa, Pepsi, Motorola, Nissan, Toyota and JP Morgan Chase.

IBF Europe’s membership is expected to be drawn from the Dow Jones STOXX 600 and the inaugural meeting is scheduled for 22nd April in Zurich, Switzerland. Organisations such as Syngenta, Novartis, BMW, Siemens, IBM, Nokia, Kellogg's, Cadbury Schweppes and Roche are expected to attend.

Both ‘launch’ meetings will include live tours of an IBF member intranet, discussions on current challenges in intranet management and an in-depth working session looking at IBF research into ‘employee directory: wave three’.

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