IDG’s CIO Magazine and the CIO Executive Council(TM) Launch First CIO Leadership Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA, March 15, 2005 – CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council jointly announce the launch of the CIO Leadership Conference and Ones to Watch Awards(TM) Program. The CIO Leadership Conference is designed for chief information officers (CIOs) and the next generation of information technology (IT) industry leaders and will define what it takes to be the CIO of the future, forge a new set of goals and spell out the road map to achieve them. The conference is scheduled to be held May 9 and 10th, 2005 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The Ones to Watch award ceremony is expected to be the high point of the conference when editors of CIO magazine and members of the CIO Executive Council will honor 35 up and coming IT executives who represent the next generation of technology industry leaders. For more information on the conference please visit: http://www.cio.com/conferences/home.html?ID=261.

"CIOs face increasing demands and, not surprisingly, find themselves with less time to accomplish their goals," says CIO magazine Editor in Chief Abbie Lundberg. "It is becoming even more important for CIOs to recognize the exceptional managers on their staffs and help them fully develop. Since CIO magazine is where today's technology decision makers look for relevant and insightful information that will help them succeed in their jobs, we are happy to be able to identify these new leaders and proud to be supporting the CIOs of today as well as those of tomorrow."

Adds Mark Hall, General Manager of the CIO Executive Council and CIO of CXO Media (parent company of CIO magazine and the council), "Our members tell us that leadership is a critical yet lacking skill in today's IT workforce, which underscores the need to cultivate future leaders as well as to honor those up-and-comers who already emanate strong leadership abilities."

(NOTE: A recent CIO Executive Council survey of 303 CIOs shows respondents widely agree that leadership skills are essential at both the senior management (87%) and middle management (78%) levels. However, a significant number of CIOs cite leadership as a problem area for their current senior management (43%) and middle management (47%).)

The CIO Leadership Conference is one aspect of CIO magazine's Leadership Agenda 2005. Leadership Agenda is a multimedia portfolio, in print, online and through live events designed to help CIOs get the most value from IT, help their enterprises compete more successfully and elevate the strategic importance of IT. Leadership Agenda addresses five CIO imperatives for 2005: driving innovation while managing costs, proving the strategic value of IT, running IT efficiently, developing the next generation of IT leaders and managing CXO expectations. For more information on the CIO Leadership Agenda 2005, please visit http://agenda.cio.com/.

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 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, 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

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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