Information services
for the foundation
of our economy
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Oct 1st, 2014 | Microsoft Seeks to Please Everyone with Windows 10 http://t.co/Ohy2GDMVdu
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Oct 1st, 2014 | Windows 10 for the Enterprise http://t.co/B7HPDy7loG
  • WealthManagement.com @wealth_mgmt | Sep 30th, 2014 | .@CeteraFinancial is @Mminst 's 2014 #Advisory Solutions Sponsor Firm of the Year-peek inside their platform https://t.co/crp5mlEnPv
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Microsoft Announces Windows 10 http://t.co/cvLvscSLQi
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Racing up to Petaluma for Windows Weekly with @maryjofoley http://t.co/IQFZSTxZNM
  • WealthManagement.com @wealth_mgmt | Sep 30th, 2014 | Introducing our latest Industry Insights video with Mary Boyd of ACE Private Risk: http://t.co/TCUVfbS0Sd
  • WealthManagement.com @wealth_mgmt | Sep 30th, 2014 | Advisors/clients should pay attention to what’s going on in Washington, said Andy Friedman today at #FASummit14 http://t.co/zkbUbn779f
  • WealthManagement.com @wealth_mgmt | Sep 30th, 2014 | There's a real divergence happening btwn small cap & large cap stocks - much more than we typically see @CapitalCube http://t.co/2lIRAh4wK3
  • WealthManagement.com @wealth_mgmt | Sep 30th, 2014 | UK's St. James Place replaces @PIMCO on Multi Asset fund: http://t.co/KWx0iybnqv
  • NREI @nreionline | Sep 30th, 2014 | Buyers See Window of Opportunity for Hotel Acquisitions: Hotels have been riding high on the rebound in both l... http://t.co/g7KKThgzT5
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Tension in enterprise. Workers are consumerized, expect updates. What is the right level of consumerization? Lots of navel gazing here.
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | ARM remains an open question outside of phone, it seems
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Kind of dodged the ARM question there, answered for phone but not for Surface and other RT devices
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | What about ARM? @maryjofoley asks. Also building the sw to update vast majority of devices out there. (Sounds like no for some phones.)
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Will all Windows Store apps work on Windows 10? Yes
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Updating (cont.) - humans use PC for personal use and for work. UX will scale. Come originally from productivity. Working on mobile.
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Updating (cont.) - Hospitals, pace makers, whatever. Don't pre-release software. Don't want frequent updates. Stability vs. freshness. Etc.
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Updating. Consumers vs. businesses. Challenge in the breadth of customers. Extremes. Insiders want to live on the edge with us. Update a lot
  • Paul Thurrott @thurrott | Sep 30th, 2014 | Platform as a service? Will it be sold differently? Today not talking about the business model. Just core user experience and enterprise.

Informing decisions with critical data

An equipment finance company is facing a major lease proposal. With a loan value of over $3 million, it’s critical they have an accurate estimate of the portfolio’s value at the end of its lease. Using EquipmentWatch’s valuation product, they build a residual value analysis and determine that the portfolio will retain 35% of its initial value. Additionally, they subscribe to EquipmentWatch’s new API feed, which enables batch processing and appends in real-time all 12,490 of their assets under lease with expected residual values, thereby allowing for constant risk analysis and correction with no head count investment of their own.

Engaging vital business connections

A facility manager from a nonprofit hospital with over 1,500 beds leverages Penton’s reach into the $85 billion waste/sustainability marketplace, attends WasteExpo. She learns about opportunities to reduce her facility’s energy consumption, networks with professionals and identifies a process for the collection and transfer of medical waste to deliver a 10% savings in waste management costs.

Advancing the way business gets done

A Fortune 50 tech giant taps into Penton’s extensive reach across vertical markets to conduct a one-stop research and marketing campaign pilot to drive the adoption of tablet and smartphone devices among business owners. Campaign results uncovered several high potential segments specifically in government, education, and restaurants. Penton built integrated awareness and educational programs that appealed to each market, including dedicated knowledge centers with virtual learning modules, information resources, business tools, community networking, and social media marketing to drive traffic and engagement.

Penton’s Infrastructure Group supports decision makers in foundational businesses that keep business moving – the assets, systems, and networks that underpin our economy.

The Penton Infrastructure Group covers the following segments:

  • Public Infrastructure provides government decision makers and vendors the information they need to conduct business with public services.
  • Waste/sustainability reaches more than 155,000 business professionals in this $85 billion dollar industry.
  • Mechanical Systems reaches the full spectrum of professionals who design, build, deploy and manage both residential and commercial mechanical infrastructure.
  • Technology serves a community of over 2.7 million IT professionals, developers, channel partners and service providers.
  • Electrical and Energy serve those who manage and deploy power delivery infrastructures, as well as contractors, MRO technicians, engineers and wholesale distribution professionals in the electrical, HVAC and plumbing trades.
  • Wealth Management provides critical information to more than 825,000 professionals in the wealth management community — from financial advisors and planners to estate-planning attorneys and CPAs.

View our properties by market below or see the complete list of Infrastructure Capabilities.


  • American City & County

    American City & County serves a powerful audience of city, county, and state officials who develop and implement government policy, programs and projects.  American City & County's family of media products deliver editorial insights, government trends, project profiles, best practices, exclusive analysis and a broad scope of local and state government news.

  • American School & University

    American School & University serves K-12 and higher-education administrators, as well as architects, responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance, and management of education facilities. AS&U delivers a mix of thought-provoking features, how-to-articles, reports, surveys, columns, and case histories.

  • Coal Prep

    Coal Prep is the one place where all industry professionals come together to share thoughts and ideas on coal preparation and aggregate processing plant technologies.

  • Comfortech

    Comfortech is the national trade show and conference for owners and managers of residential and commercial HVACR, Plumbing, and Hydronics contracting firms. Attendees see hands on  demonstrations, source the latest products, equipment, and services while having access to educational session tracks designed specifically for their trade.  Comfortech is the national residential and light commercial HVACR seminar and product showcase.

  • Contracting Business

    Contracting Business is the leading business-to-business magazine for commercial, residential, and industrial contractors in the HVACR industry. It has the largest contractor circulation and retains the readership of the industry’s best, most progressive contractors and dealers.

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  • Contractor

    CONTRACTOR reaches owners and managers of mechanical contracting firms involved in plumbing, heating, specialty piping and fire protection. Since 1954, mechanical contractors have relied on CONTRACTOR as their #1 news magazine and source for industry news, market trends, business management advice, and new products.

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  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M)

    Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) is the technical authority for electrical professionals. Through a mix of in-depth technical articles, market and construction forecasts, and comprehensive product reviews, EC&M is the ideal vehicle to reach the largest customers in the electrical market.  The EC&M Talk Forum is where electrical professionals go to talk shop, share advice and learn from other industry experts. Topics include NEC, Electrical Equipment, Tools and Systems.

  • Electrical Marketing

    Electrical Marketing serves as the electrical industry professional's insider report on market trends, key personnel and other news needed to shape and direct business.

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  • Electrical Wholesaling

    Electrical Wholesaling is the electrical industry's leading resource for distributors of electrical supplies. Each month, the Electrical Wholesaling print publication brings nearly 22,000 readers the information they need to run their businesses more profitably and sell more electrical supplies.

  • EquipmentWatch

    EquipmentWatch® provides valuation, specification and cost guides as well as auction report services for professionals and government agencies and financial institutions involved in the construction industry.

  • Fire Protection Engineering

    Fire Protection Engineering, the official magazine of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, is a quarterly publication targeted exclusively to engineering professionals involved in the design and specification of fire protection systems and allied professionals. Fire Protection Engineering publishes timely, authoritative articles about new fire protection engineering methods and principles, case histories, and news about issues, trends, events, and research affecting the contemporary practice of fire protection engineering. Fire Protection Engineering also offers an e-newsletter -- Emerging Trends -- that features fresh content on the off-months of the magazine. In addition, Careers in Fire Protection Engineering, a special supplement, publishes every other year in order to highlight and promote the discipline of fire protection engineering as a career opportunity.

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  • Global Waste Management Symposium

    The Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) serves as a forum for the presentation of both applied and fundamental research and case studies on waste management. This three-day event serves the needs of the landfill community within the solid waste and recycling industry and welcomes participants from the community of designers, facility owners and operators, policymakers, and researchers. The Symposium includes oral presentations and posters, as well as networking events to provide opportunities for technical interaction and discussion in a setting where all attendees can participate and share ideas.

  • Govalytics

    Govalytics is a sales and marketing tool that informs the user as to which governments they should be establishing relationships with well before the issuance of a RFP, while also providing overall capital project information as well as government official contact information. It answers the question of, “Which governments should I be marketing to,” and why. Actively track data for local governments and get insights on: budgets, upcoming capital projects, government officials contact information and more.

  • Government Procurement

    Government Procurement, the official publication of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), targets senior level public-sector purchasing professionals and provides them with procurement methods, case histories, management techniques, reports on influential legislation, as well as association and industry news.

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  • Government Product News

    Government Product News serves government managers, engineers, administrators, department heads and procurement professionals who specify, plan, and buy for city, county, state and federal governments. Government Product News is the comprehensive product resource for public-sector employees.

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  • Green Mechanical Contractor

    Green Mechanical Contractor is a “Guide to Green” for contractors. Included are excellent advice columns from leading industry heads, informative case studies of residential and commercial green projects, and the latest green products from leading manufacturers in the field. Whether on the sidelines or already involved in the Green movement, there is excellent information in this exciting new publication.

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  • Healthcare Waste Institute's Annual Healthcare Waste Conference

    The Healthcare Waste Institute's Annual Healthcare Waste Conference is an industry-recognized educational event that focuses on the largest regulatory, legislative, and technical issues that affect the healthcare waste industry. The Healthcare Waste Conference is the only conference in the U.S. strictly devoted to healthcare waste.

  • HPAC Engineering

    HPAC Engineering reaches engineering professionals who design, specify, manage, and/or maintain mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and government buildings.  HPAC Info-Dex is the place where mechanical systems engineers can find manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) applications in the commercial buildings, manufacturing, healthcare, government, school/university market segments. This index helps them to make better, more educated and informed specification decisions.

  • HVAC-TALK

    HVAC-TALK - HVAC-TALK is the industry’s largest online discussion forum addressing needs of HVACR professionals from around the world. With over 3,000,000 posts and 174,000 users, this forum community is the professional’s go to resource for questions related to products, services and solutions.

  • HVACR/Hydronics Distribution Business

    HVACR/Hydronics Distribution Business magazine has been the “insider voice” for wholesalers in the HVACR and Hydronics industry for more than 14 years. With superior editorial content, the largest circulation in the HVACR industry and our newly added Hydronics component, HVACR/Hydronics Distribution Business the most visible and best-read publication in the industry. Each issue of HVACR/Hydronics Distribution Business offers timely information, successful case studies and compelling business topics that provide each wholesalers with the tools needed for added success.

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  • International Wireless Communications Expo

    IWCE (International Wireless Communications Expo) has been the authoritative annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world since 1977. IWCE features over 350 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Additionally, over 7,000 technology buyers attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); utility; transportation and business enterprise. IWCE provides an industry forum and the critical information needed by professionals responsible for the dependability, reliability and interoperability of their organization’s communications system.

  • International Wireless Communications Expo Urgent Communications

    IWCE’s Urgent Communications is the official publication of IWCE. Together, IWCE & IWCE’s Urgent Communications are a powerful resource for the communications technology industry - how it evolves and how it is used. IWCE's Urgent Communications delivers real-world, practical information needed by dealers, private radio and wireless systems operators and large volume commercial, industrial and public safety communications end-users. Get timely coverage and analysis of the latest news via our website and newsletters.

  • IT/Dev Connections

    IT/Dev Connections provides intense technical training on ASP.NET, Visual Studio & .NET, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Windows Server, Lync, Office 365, IT management, business intelligence, and architecture. Seasoned professionals lead training sessions and share real-world approaches for improving your technology infrastructure, as well as provide valuable insight into current trends seen in the Microsoft technology community.

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  • MeetingsNet

    MeetingsNet leads the meeting industry by providing award-winning, engaging content for market-segmented meeting decision-makers planning meetings, incentives and events through various media channels. MeetingsNet includes an interactive magazine app, the meetingsnet.com portal, and related Web sites, e-newsletters and e-products.

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  • MSPmentor

    MSPmentor is the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers. The site generates an ongoing dialog between vendors and MSPs that are seeking to maximize their monthly recurring revenues.

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  • MyITForum

    MyITForum – At its core – myITforum.com is the acknowledged, centralized community for Microsoft System Center technologies and systems management methodologies. myITforum.com is a community of worldwide IT professionals. Membership and visitors are made up of IT Administrators and IT Managers from many countries, in small, medium, and large companies around the world.   Over 140,000 people visit myITforum.com each day to find solutions to problems they face.  These answers come in the form of articles, self-help forum posts, self-help email discussion lists, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) database, blog posts, and online media such as videos and podcasts.

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  • National Real Estate Investor

    National Real Estate Investor follows the money in all classes of commercial real estate. Coverage includes exclusive, independent research on topics that pertain to the office, industrial, retail, hotel and multifamily markets. The award-winning editorial staff of National Real Estate Investor is strongly committed to providing hard-hitting content put into a context that helps commercial real estate professionals perform their jobs better. Readers from a cross-section of disciplines—brokerage, construction, development, finance, investment, property management, corporate real estate and real estate services turn to NREI for a comprehensive overview of the industry. NREI's offerings include NREIOnline.com, a mobile app, e-newsletters and a print magazine that publishes six times a year.

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  • Online Training

    Online Training – Our online training classes provide in-depth technical training on the topics you care about most. Our one-of-a-kind training courses let you interact directly with top experts while learning the skills you need to implement new technology, manage your existing platforms, and improve performance and scalability in our demo-heavy classes. You’ll walk away with the ability to immediately implement what you have learned in your technology environment.

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  • Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

    Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows is the best place to learn from one of the industry’s top-rated experts about the future of Microsoft technologies. This site has an average of 1 million+ unique visitors every month who want to stay connected to important events in the IT industry and get Paul’s take on how this will affect them.

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  • Penton Online Auctions

    The Penton Online Auctions (auctions.waste360.com) is a newly launched resource for used equipment. The Waste360 - Penton Online Auctions provides users with the convenience of online buying and selling and the opportunity to buy at bargain prices. The site is a partnership with AssetNation.com, a leader in the online auction business.

  • Plumbing Talk

    Plumbing Talk - The Plumbing Talk forum is where electrical professionals go to talk shop, share advice and learn from other industry experts. Topics include Plumbing 101, Business Management and Plumbing Tools and Technology.

  • Price Digests

    Price Digests valuation guides are the leading, business-to-business information resources used by dealers, insurance, financial and tax professionals. We offer the most comprehensive coverage of valuations and specifications in the marketplace - invaluable tools for professionals in the business of buying, selling, lending or appraising.

  • Radiant Living

    Radiant Living is the official publication of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) and is dedicated to providing information about successful installations, innovative applications, and new products as they relate to radiant heating and cooling technology, techniques, and tools.  Published bi-annually in Spring and Fall, Radiant Living reaches owners and managers of mechanical and radiant contractor firms, HVAC contractors and dealers, RPA members, and key high-volume buildings across the country.

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  • Rental Equipment Register

    RER has been the acknowledged source of information on the rental industry since 1957. Editor Michael Roth is an expert in the industry and has authored hundreds of feature articles, visited hundreds of rental centers, and manufacturers, and written thousands of news stories.

  • Retail Traffic

    Retail Traffic covers the entire world of retail real estate—from urban storefronts to malls to mixed-use—for senior-level retail executives and developers. Our deep analysis and independent content connects readers to the people, companies, and products driving the industry.

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  • SharePoint Pro

    SharePoint Pro connects the SharePoint community with world-class content vetted by SharePoint experts. Our field-tested articles, workshops, and training help the community successfully plan, implement, manage, customize, and troubleshoot SharePoint environments that meet organization’s needs. As the independent voice on Microsoft’s collaboration platform, we help admins, developers, and decision makers get the most out of SharePoint, whether it’s deployed in the cloud, via Office 365 or on-premises.

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  • Special Events

    Special Events is the leading information source for event professionals worldwide who plan or manage special events. Industry professionals around the world depend on a combination of products including Special Events magazine, Eventline weekly e-newsletter, The Special Event Conference and Trade Show (TSE) and specialevents.com to help them manage and plan events.

  • SQL Server Pro

    SQL Server Pro is essential for anyone who builds, supports, or integrates world-class SQL Server database applications. The site covers issues that matter to SQL Server database administrators and architects, Business Intelligence professionals, Business Analysts, and SQL Server database developers. SQL Server users at all levels, from novice to advanced, come to learn practical, hands-on information straight from SQL Server experts. Online resources include white papers, essential guides, podcasts, videos, webinars, articles, and the most extensive knowledge base in SQL Server today. SQL Server Pro also delivers online training and webinars targeted to the SQL Server community.

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  • Talkin' Cloud

    Talkin' Cloud is the first blog and online community for VARs and MSPs that are becoming cloud resellers, cloud builders and cloud service providers. Our readership includes VARs, MSPs and CSPs that need guidance with cloud partner programs, recurring revenue models, and cloud business issues like privacy, security, reliability and service level agreements.

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  • The International Linemans Rodeo & Expo

    The International Lineman's Rodeo & Expo provides a forum for the public to better understand and recognize the technical craft skills that linemen have and to provide an opportunity for professionals in the linework trade to receive recognition for their skills.

  • The Special Event

    The Special Event is the world’s largest trade show and conference for event professionals. Industry pros from more than 56 countries gather each year for TSE. The Special Event offers attendees: the best event education available with over 100 sessions, 8 event tracks, hand-selected speakers and topics, various showcasing events that generate ideas and product sources, an exhibit hall filled with thousands of event products and ideas, the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony and celebration, and many networking opportunities.

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  • The VAR Guy

    The VAR Guy covers what's next in the IT channel. The VAR Guy provides a unique community where VARs and IT solution providers can discuss channel partner programs and go-to-market strategies – openly and honestly. All comments and dialog are moderated by our insightful – though anonymous – blogger: The VAR Guy.

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  • Transmission & Distribution World

    Transmission & Distribution World is edited for engineers and operating professionals in the electric power industry and features articles written by technical editors and industry professionals in the user and manufacturer groups.

  • Trusts & Estates

    Trusts & Estates is the wealth management journal for advisors to high-net-worth individuals, families and institutions. Since 1904, we’ve published the works of top practitioners through peer-reviewed articles written by and for leading advisors in the wealth management industry.

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  • Waste360

    Waste360 serves the $85 billion solid waste, recycling and organics industry by helping them chart their course to sustainable materials management. It also provides large-scale generators of waste — such as retail centers, corporations, schools and manufacturing plants — with information on how to implement sustainability initiatives and manage their waste streams. Waste360.com is also where individuals can learn how to incorporate sustainability and "green" techniques into their lifestyles as well as find out about waste and recycling resources in their communities. It is once again the industry’s #1 go-to resource.

  • Waste360 Online Education

    Our affordable Waste360 Online Education lets you choose the presentations you want, from WasteExpo’s line up of top-notch speakers. Sharpen your skills online with dozens of primers, case studies and other expert presentations. Included are the Composting & Organics sessions that were standing-room-only in New Orleans. See for yourself what the buzz was about!

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  • WasteExpo

    WasteExpo. Because you deserve more. More exhibitors. More attendees. More education. More connections. All in one place, over four days. See more than 11,000 total participants, dozens of top-notch sessions and 550 exhibitors. No other event comes close to its size, scope and business opportunities.

    Last year, we successfully added a Composting/Organics Track, a C&D Workshop, a Matchmaking Program, a Show Floor Presentation Theater and an Investor Summit —and you can be sure we’re not done yet. Look for more innovation and business opportunities—from the one event designed to help you make money, save money and stay safe and compliant.

  • WealthManagement.com

    WealthManagement.com is the digital resource of REP. and Trusts & EstatesIt provides the latest news, industry trends and investment ideas for more 825,265 centers of influence in wealth management—from financial advisors and planners to estate-planning attorneys and CPAs.

    Rep. is the most trusted digital and print source for the retail investment professional, serving brokers, financial advisors, RIA’s, IBD's, insurance, financial planners, and financial product companies with award-winning insight coverage of the brokerage, wealth management, fund and financial product industry as well as breaking news, data, rankings, and profiles.

  • Windows IT Pro

    The Windows IT Pro community is the heartbeat of the Windows IT world—a gathering of people, content and resources focused on Microsoft Windows technologies and applications. Within this community, members find independent analysis, candid appraisals, real-world troubleshooting, trustworthy content, and behind-the-scenes insight to help keep their Windows infrastructure running smoothly. Windows IT Pro also delivers online training and webinars targeted to IT professionals.

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