Computerworld’s ‘Premier 100 IT Leaders’ Cite Storage, Security and Wireless as Some of the Most Critical Technologies For 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA – January 3, 2005 – IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," today announced the 2005 Premier 100 IT Leaders, the publication's sixth annual list of IT executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving business problems and growing their businesses. The 80 men and 20 women on this year's list represent a broad diversity of industries, from finance and health care to hospitality, manufacturing and transportation. They are profiled in today's edition of Computerworld and will be honored again in March at Computerworld's 6th annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 6-8, 2005, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This year's Premier 100 honorees cited productivity improvement, increased innovation in products and services and overall company growth among their key business initiatives for 2005. These goals are reflected in their top technology projects, which include deploying wireless and mobile technologies for use by both workers and customers; expanding computer systems to accommodate new global markets; and refining their use of customer and other valuable data using sophisticated business intelligence and analytic tools.

Nearly 600 individuals were nominated for the Premier 100 program. Nominees who completed an extensive survey were then evaluated using Computerworld's IT Leader index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches Computerworld's definition of the IT Leader. The final 100 honorees were chosen by Computerworld editors and a panel of outside judges.

The 2005 honorees are technology decision-makers at some of America's most renowned and successful organizations, including UPS, MasterCard International LLC, International, Humana, Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

"Our Premier 100 list honors those who have kept fighting despite the many obstacles that technology has thrown at them this year." said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld. "This group of men and women have proven themselves through all facets of business, including some of the toughest challenges, such as cultural hurdles, language barriers, corporate politics, internal/external communication, and maintaining fresh, creative ideas. They think out of the box and do not cower away from difficult projects; rather, they embrace the struggle while foreseeing the opportunities it can bring in the future."

In a Premier 100 poll, this year's honorees identified security, storage and wireless as some of the most critical technologies for 2005. More than three-fourths of the honorees list computer system integration and data analytics projects as top priorities going forward. One-half of the honorees' companies increased their IT staffs and budgets in the last year.

The complete list of this year's honorees can be found online at http://www.computerworld.com/p1002005.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

Crafted entirely by Computerworld's editors, the sixth annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference is a unique and compelling departure from the standard technology conference. Rather than focusing on vendors and products, the spotlight is on great ideas, strategic use of best practices, and real-world leadership from the IT and business executives who are advancing their organizations through technology. This year's conference theme is "Mastering the IT/Business Connection" and topic areas include:

— Creating state-of-the-art infrastructure to expand global business value

— Extending flexible and secure supplier and customer connections

— Advancing best practices in IT governance and staffing, regulatory compliance and project leadership

— Designing a competitive road map to ensure future competitive advantage

For more information or to register, visit http://www.premier100.com.

Computerworld.com Offers Advice from P100 Honorees

Premier 100 honorees will be available on the computerworld.com site in many public forums to share their industry knowledge with today's IT Management. "Ask the Premier 100" will provide an opportunity for visitors to submit questions and have them answered by the honorees. In addition, the "Learn from the Experts" portion of the site will highlight advice from Jerry Bartlett, vice president of application development and quality assurance at Ameritrade Holding Corp. Bartlett will answer questions about skills development and manager/employee relations. Readers can submit questions to: http://www.computerworld.com/premier100/askaleader.

P100 information will also be available through Computerworld's Data Points series offering IT professionals a quick snapshot of facts, figures and analyses about key information technology issues – all available for private use. Computerworld.com also has Data Point presentations on outsourcing, IT salaries, customer relationship management and more.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude.

Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

About IDG

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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