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DECWORLD '92 COMES TO A CLOSE AMID CUSTOMERS' AND CITY'S PRAISES

 DECWORLD '92 COMES TO A CLOSE AMID CUSTOMERS' AND CITY'S PRAISES
 BOSTON, May 15 /PRNewswire/ --Today, after three weeks of enthusiastic response from customers, DECWORLD '92 came to a close at Boston's World Trade Center. In spite of the still weak global economic conditions, 30,000 business executives from around the world traveled to Boston to attend Digital Equipment Corporation's (NYSE: DEC) international customer symposium to learn about and to see the solutions that Digital and its partners are providing to meet today's business needs. Boston officials acknowledged DECWORLD's role in contributing to the local economy stating that nearly $50 million was generated for local business by those attending the solutions exhibition.
 According to Deborah Nicholls, chairperson for DECWORLD '92, "This was a tremendous success. The attendance was 20 percent higher than we had originally forecast resulting in approximately 500,000 customer relationship hours, time Digital employees spent working with customers, during the three weeks. Throughout DECWORLD, the atmosphere on the floor was positive and charged with enthusiasm. This was true of both our customers and our employees."
 Beyond its function as a solutions showcase featuring demonstrations, workshops, and one-on-one consulting sessions, DECWORLD is also one of Digital's most efficient and effective sales and marketing tools. "It's a customer call on a global scale," says Nicholls. "It goes beyond stimulating interest. Because customers can actually see and have a hands-on experience with the solutions that are available today for their business challenges, we feel that DECWORLD is very successful in shortening the sales cycle."
 In addition to the benefits DECWORLD has given to Digital, it also served as a boon for the local economy. Patrick Moscaritolo, president of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., comments, "DECWORLD is the largest show or convention that happens in Boston. It is five times larger than the average convention we get in the city. Based on an economic impact model used by the international association of convention and visitor bureaus, DECWORLD's guests have spent an estimated $48.9 million on hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and retail items. In addition, the event has contributed $1.1 million tax revenue to state and local governments. And beyond the dollars which are generated, a project of the scope of DECWORLD generates jobs for all the support that is necessary." DECWORLD '92 Facts and Figures:
 -- Computing power on the DECWORLD floor --
 -- Over 1000 MIPS, 500 GB of storage and 1 TB of nearline
 storage
 -- Over twice the compute power of DECWORLD '90 using only two
 thirds of the computer room space
 -- 700 workstations performed 350 demonstrations
 -- 160 seminars were given daily
 -- Over 14,000 messages were sent over the electronic messaging
 system set up for the event
 -- Almost 14 percent of the customers who attended were from
 outside of the United States
 -- 26 hotels were used in Boston and Cambridge
 -- Between 100 and 500 rooms were used in each hotel every
 night
 -- There were over 50,000 room nights with guest staying an
 average of two and a half days.
 -- 7,500 people were carried to and from the World Trade Center
 every day through a transportation system made up of 60 buses,
 two water shuttles, and helicopters from Digital Aviation
 Services
 -- Over 75,000 meals were served at breakfast and lunch
 -- At snack time, the chocolate chip cookies were the clear
 favorites with over 200,000 consumed
 DECWORLD is Digital's customer symposium and solutions conference and is the largest single vendor exhibition in the information technology industry.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions -- from the desk top to the data center -- in open information environments.
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 /CONTACT: Ralph Cohen of Digital, 508-493-2960/
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