Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright Headlines Powerful Speaker Lineup for CIO 05 Conference Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman Set to Make Rare Public Speech

FRAMINGHAM, MA – October 27, 2004 – IDG's CIO magazine presents a powerful lineup of speakers for its CIO 05: The Year Ahead, conference being held November 7-9, 2004 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Headlining an impressive roster is the Honorable Madeline Albright, former United States Secretary of State. Albright is presenting the closing keynote address before an audience of the nation's leading chief information officers. In a rare public appearance, Linda Dillman, the chief information officer (CIO) of Wal-Mart, is speaking about key trends and developments she foresees affecting the world's largest company in the year ahead. Dean Jeffery Garten of the Yale School of Management is also scheduled to address the information technology (IT) and business implications of the previous week's presidential election results.

Also, Campbell Soup Company's CEO Douglas Conant and CIO Doreen Wright are speaking about their successful partnership, offering insights on how CEOs and CIOs can work together to create a more effective IT organization.

"The CIO 05 conference a must for the CIO who wants to be prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities in 2005," says Jennifer Richards, Senior Vice President of Executive Programs, CXO Media. "The speakers and their presentations offer the nation's CIOs a comprehensive outlook. In addition to a technology management perspective, the conference also promises important views from an economic and geopolitical standpoint that will directly impact CIOs' ability to effectively manage their responsibilities."

In addition to the speakers listed above, the CIO 05 conference also features a presentation by Gregor S. Bailor, executive vice president and CIO of Capital One Financial, on how to manage competing priorities in today's globally competitive environment. Wayne Bennett, a partner with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, is conducting a workshop on understanding software contracts and how to use contracts to your advantage. Also, James Krause, managing director and CIO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange joins Rich Kougt, CIO of the University of California at Merced, and CIO magazine Technology Editor Chris Lindquist to discuss how to leverage the best emerging technologies.

CIO 05 Sponsors

The CIO 05 conference is being supported by some of today's leading IT companies. These include:

* Compuware Corporation

* Intel Corporation

* Lawson Software

* Lucent Technologies

* MRO Software

* PricewaterhouseCoopers

* Teradata, a division of NCR

About CIO

Launched in 1987, CIO magazine addresses issues vital to the success of chief information officers (CIOs) worldwide. The CIO portfolio includes a companion website ( http://www.cio.com/), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide technology and business leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of 140 awards to date, including two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO magazine is published in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO Executive Programs-a series of face-to-face conferences including CIO Perspectives(R) and the CIO 100 Awards & Symposium(TM)-provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to achieve lasting change in critical industry, academic, media and governmental groups. CIO magazine, CIO.com, and CIO Executive Programs, and the CIO Executive Council are produced by International Data Group's award-winning business unit: CXO Media Inc.

About CXO MEDIA INC.

CXO Media Inc. produces award-winning media properties and executive programs for corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business, including CIO, CMO, CSO magazines and websites, Darwinmag.com and the CIO Executive Council. CXO Media is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event 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 websites 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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