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Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Awards "State of the Industry Report" Research Project to Internet Decisions and CSM Research

Atlanta - August 30, 2010 - Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has awarded the research contract for its next "State of the Industry Report" to Internet Decisions of Atlanta and CSM Research of Marietta.

Internet Decisions and CSM Research submitted a joint response to TAG's "request for proposal," and the firms were selected following a competitive bidding process. The State of the Industry Report, published annually by TAG, includes comprehensive statistics about technology in Georgia and insights from industry thought leaders from around the state. The report is published in March with its findings presented at the Georgia Technology Summit.

"Internet Decisions and CSM Research have a proven record of expertise in conducting and managing research projects, but they also were chosen for this important initiative because of their expertise in working in the technology sector and a longstanding commitment to serving the technology community in Georgia," said Tino J. Mantella, President of TAG.

Internet Decisions will be responsible for secondary research, while CSM Research will conduct the primary research. Keith Herndon, president of Internet Decisions, will serve as the project manager for the overall engagement. "CSM Research has partnered with Internet Decisions on numerous projects in recent years and we look forward to bringing this successful collaboration model to our work with TAG," said Frank Sanders, president of CSM Research. As part of the primary research, surveys will target key technology decision makers to determine the outlook for important aspects of the technology sector such as infrastructure needs and employment growth.

Mr. Mantella emphasized that the purpose of the report is to support growth in technology sectors throughout the state, including both economic development activities and organic growth initiatives. "To accomplish our goals we must have insights that quality research provides," he said. "The report is a record of the technology accomplishments in Georgia, but the data is also a powerful benchmarking tool that will allow industry and government leaders to know where a call to action is needed."

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is a leading technology industry association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry. TAG provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving, and also brings the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 27 special interest groups, or societies, including Women in Technology (WIT). Additionally, TAG's charitable arm, the TAG Education Collaborative, is focused on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG's community website at www.TAGthink.com.

CSM Research

CSM Research, founded in 1991, provides clients worldwide with the most comprehensive, creative and accurate research available. The firm has distinguished itself as a premier strategic research firm that has consistently served a diverse variety of industries and companies, from heavy equipment manufacturing and commercial software to healthcare and five star hotels. In conducting primary research, CSM specializes in customer, market and competitive information. The company maintains a research call center in Marietta with expert primary researchers capable of interviewing in 10 different languages. Since its inception, CSM Research has conducted more than 1 million customer interviews and maintains an extensive database of historical industry data that allows for robust benchmarking. CSM Research also maintains a state-of-the-art infrastructure for creating and executing online surveys. (www.csmresesarch.com)

Internet Decisions

Internet Decisions is a research services and strategic planning firm. It assists companies and organizations of all sizes with a variety of services including competitive intelligence, vendor analysis and various types of market research. Created in 2005, the Atlanta-based firm specializes in several vertical markets including high technology, media and entertainment and healthcare. Internet Decisions works independently and in partnership with Marietta-based CSM Research and New Jersey-based SWOT Management Group. Aside from producing and interpreting research information for its clients, Internet Decisions also produces industry white papers and training material and conducts strategic presentations at the executive level. (www.internetdecisions.com)