IDG’S CIO Magazine and CIO Executive Council(TM) Present the Ideal CIO Job Description in Annual State of the CIO Issue Issue Also Examines the State of CIOs Around the World

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 1, 2005 – In the 2005 State of the CIO issue, CIO magazine, in collaboration with the CIO Executive Council, presents the most current and comprehensive description of the "ideal" chief information officer (CIO) job posting. Crafted by CIO editors and the CIO Executive Council, with input from council members and leading recruiters, the ideal CIO job description includes such responsibilities as working closely with key business leaders to prioritize business initiatives that leverage technology as well as selecting, approving and managing all major procured information technology (IT) products and services. The ideal CIO requires a technology background with experience in both IT infrastructure and applications development, complemented by demonstrated business knowledge.

The newly released job posting also provides guidelines for performance measurement and compensation directly related to the IT organization's performance and overall business unit success.

"The CIO role evolved and changed during the past decade to accommodate the changing face of business and the economy," says Mark Hall, General Manager of the CIO Executive Council and CIO of CXO Media (parent company of CIO magazine and the Council). "Faced with compliance issues, competitive threats and an endless influx of new technology tools, CIOs are driving business decisions more than ever before. Given this new reality, we believe it is an important time to re-examine the ideal job description and provide a new version to our members, as well as the readers of CIO magazine."

The 2005 State of the CIO issue also examines the role of CIOs outside the United States and offers analysis on where the role is similar and where it differs.

For example:

* CIOs in Canada spend most of their time meeting with IT vendors and non-

IT business partners. They seem further ahead in getting their business

counterparts to share accountability for IT investments.

* While fewer IT executives in Germany hold a C-level title, (49% vs. 24%

in the U.S.), they focus more on business strategy than do their U.S.


* CIOs in Japan report their companies allocate a larger percentage of

revenues to IT. They spend the extra money on new systems and

applications such as web services and open source.

"The 2005 State of the CIO issue provides a 360-degree view of the CIO position," says Abbie Lundberg, editor in chief, CIO magazine. "At the highest level, we compare the role as it exists in numerous countries around the world. We have also created the ideal CIO job spec, based on hundreds of interviews and detailed analysis of our research. Finally, we take a deep dive into the lives and realities of three typical CIOs. In this way, we are providing IT leaders with the tools to benchmark their own positions against broad trends, a detailed ideal, and some very specific realities."

Complete coverage of the 2005 State of the CIO issue is available in the April 1 issue or at .

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 ( ), 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 and the CIO 100 Awards 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,, 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

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, 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 .