Computerworld’s 4th Annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference Draws Record-Breaking 500+ of the Technology Elite

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 25, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld today shattered attendance records at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, taking place February 23-25, 2003, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 500+ registered attendees were dominated by vice presidents of IT, CIOs and CTOs from the world's leading organizations, including DaimlerChrysler, Morgan Stanley, Avon Products, Bayer Pharmaceutical, Allstate Insurance, Circuit City Stores, Microsoft, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and many others.


"Defying the sluggish economy, Computerworld has assembled the largest and most senior group of IT leaders in its history," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "At a time when budget constraints force organizations to be highly selective in their conference choices, the Premier 100 clearly answers a critical business need by providing a valued forum for the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices, and real-world experience."

"The Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference attracts the technology elite because of its focus – maximizing the business value of IT," said Susan Unger, senior vice president and CIO of DaimlerChrysler, who opened the two-day event with a keynote address entitled, "Driving the Digital Factory: DaimlerChrysler's Design Automation Push." Unger shared how DaimlerChrysler shaved 30% off production costs by pushing technology beyond its traditional bounds.

Unlike most technology-focused events, the Premier 100 event provides an

executive-level forum for the exchange of new ideas and cost-cutting strategies among leading IT practitioners from a broad cross-section of industries. Many of the attendees were recently honored for their exceptional technology leadership in the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Special Issue on January 6.

"We are impressed with both the size and the quality of the turnout, especially the sizable CIO, CTO and VP of IT contingent," said Bryan Plug, CEO of Kintana, Inc., an enterprise software provider and a Platinum Sponsor of the event. "Because the breakout session we sponsored drew 100 people – well beyond our expectations – we are delighted with the value we have received from our sponsorship investment. We take this strong turnout as a sign that our industry is focusing on the business of IT again."

Built around the theme of "Leading the Way to the Real-Time Enterprise," the program features addresses from senior technology executives and experts including Scott Charney, chief security strategist for Microsoft; Warren Bennis, presidential adviser and renowned author of "On Becoming a Leader"; Curtis Robb, CIO of Delta Air Lines; Tim Buckley, CIO of The Vanguard Group; and John McKinley, CTO of Merrill-Lynch.

This year's conference keys into an extensive lineup of business and technology issues, encompassing top-level infrastructure and integration issues, security and business continuity, and ways in which IT can prove its value to the enterprise. The experiences of the Premier 100 honorees and other IT leaders are featured on stage in a series of interactive panel discussions.

Attendees are from IT user companies and include a range of IT executives, managers, directors, CIOs, CTOs, and other "C-level" executives as well as Computerworld's Premier 100 honorees. Sponsoring companies are represented not by pitching their products, but by introducing attendees to leading customers, and presenting best practices and case studies.

The agenda and program information are available online at

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders – those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper – along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders – form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

About IDG

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at


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