IDG’s CIO Magazine Honors Top 100 Agile Companies In 17th Annual CIO 100 Issue

Framingham, MA — August 16, 2004 — IDG’s CIO magazine announces in its August 15 issue the recipients of the 2004 CIO 100 awards. This year’s winners were recognized as the “Agile 100,” demonstrating their ability to react quickly to rapidly changing situations and environments while positively contributing to their own organization’s development of new growth opportunities. The CIO 100 recipients represent the highest standards of competence, creativity, leadership and accomplishment in the information technology (IT) field.

"The theme of the CIO 100 changes from year to year, based on what we believe companies need to be successful, given the current state of the economy,” says Abbie Lundberg, Editor-in-Chief, CIO. “This year, with the economy rebounding, organizations need to shift gears and start thinking about growth and new opportunities. At the same time, given continuing uncertainties, they need to be prepared for anything. In short, they need to be agile, able to respond quickly and appropriately, no matter what threats or opportunities come their way."

The CIO 100 represents a wide range of industries, non-profit organizations and governmental bodies. Each company is in a very strong position to prosper by being able to move quickly and create opportunity in a world in constant flux. As members of the Agile 100, these organizations have demonstrated agile operations, innovative usage of technology and creative staffing models.

WINNERS TO CONVERGE IN COLORADO SPRINGS

The CIO 100 Awards will be presented at CIO magazine’s sixth annual CIO 100 Symposium Awards Ceremony, to be held at 7pm (MT) on Tuesday, August 24th at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The ceremony, to be attended by more than 500 of the world’s most influential chief information officers (CIOs), CEOs and senior business executives, serves as the cornerstone to a three-day executive conference. For more information please visit http://www.cio.com/conferences/home.html?ID=4

The 2004 CIO-100 (by State)

Arkansas: City New Jersey: City

Acxiom Corporation Little Rock Verizon Wireless Bedminster

ABF Freight System, Inc. Fort Smith

Arizona: City Nevada: City

City of Chandler, Arizona Chandler Harrah's Operating Company, Inc Las Vegas

California: City New York: City

Korn/Ferry International Los Angeles UNICEF New York

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P Palo Alto Warner Music Group New York

palmOne, Inc. Milpitas The National Broadcasting Company New York

Golden Gate University San Francisco Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc New York

Ventura Unified School District Ventura American International Group, Inc New York

Northrop Grumman Corporation Los Angeles The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America New York

CKE Restaurants, Inc Carpinteria Plug Power Latham

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc Irvine The New York Times Company New York

Colorado: City Ohio: City

ProCard, Inc Golden The Huntington National Bank Columbus

Pinnacol Assurance Denver Antares Management Solutions Westlake

Connecticut: City Oregon: City

HealthMarket, Inc Norwalk Via Training LLC Portland

District of Columbia City Pennsylvania: City

Marriott International, Inc. Washington, DC GSI Commerce, Inc King of Prussia

Fannie Mae Washington, DC American International Relocation Solutions, LLC. Pittsburgh

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington,

DC University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington, D.C GMAC Commercial Holding Corp. Philadelphia

The PNC Financial Services Group Philadelphia

Florida: City Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP Pittsburgh

Hygeia Corporation Miami Lakes Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia

DHL Express Plantation Alcoa Inc. Pittsburgh

Chico's Retail Services, Inc Fort Meyers Kennametal Inc. Latrobe

The Vanguard Group, Inc Valley Forge

Georgia: City Rhode Island: City

Worldspan L.P. Atlanta Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Providence