IDG’s Network World Names Industry’s Most Influential Companies, Players and Trends

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 26, 2000–Network World, the leader in network knowledge, published its seventh annual special edition, the "Power Issue" (December 25/January 2 issue), profiling the industry's most powerful companies, people, and technologies and management trends.


"2000 was a year of profound change and 2001 promises to be equally turbulent. The Power Issue provides Network IT professionals with a detailed guide to the people and companies dominating the network industry and how they are navigating the changes in the marketplace," said Beth Schultz, Editor of Network World's Signature Series. "Network IT professionals look to Network World to help them keep up with the rapid changes.

"Network World's editorial staff, analysts, and other industry professionals chose the following 10 companies as the most powerful in networking: AT&T, Cisco, EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Oracle, SBC Communications, Sun, and WorldCom. Newcomers to this third annual list are: EMC for its dominance in enterprise storage, Oracle for its continued drive into the e-business applications market, and SBC for its aggressive push into new markets and business services. Old-timers AT&T and WorldCom, still the biggest telecommunications companies, are clinging to their power by a thread.

This year's list of the 25 most powerful executives in networking are: C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT & T; Steve Ballmer, President and CEO, Microsoft; Robert Carter, Executive Vice President and CIO, FedEx Corporation; Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, America Online; John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco; George Conrades, Chairman and CEO, Akamai Technologies; Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Computer; Bernard Ebbers, President and CEO, WorldCom; Larry Ellison, Chairman and CEO, Oracle; Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft; Lou Gerstner, Chairman and CEO, IBM; Ellen Hancock, Chairman and CEO, Exodus Communications; Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Vinod Khosla, General Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Scott Kriens, Chairman and CEO, Juniper Networks; Scott McNealy, Chairman and

CEO, Sun; Joseph Nacchio, Chairman and CEO, Qwest Communications International; Eric Raymond, President, Open Source Initiative; John Roth, President and CEO, Nortel Networks; Michael Ruettgers, CEO, EMC; Ivan Seidenberg, President and co-CEO, Verizon Communications; Pete Solvik, CIO, Cisco; Ralph Szygenda, CIO and Group Vice President, General Motors; Ed Whitacre, Chairman and CEO, SBC Communications; and Carl Yankowski, CEO, Palm. In addition to the list of 25 most powerful networking executives, 50 other people making a difference in enterprise networking were also profiled.

Other highlights in Network World's Power Issue is the annual Powerometer, a survey in which Network World readers rate 25 CEOs and companies on a power scale of one to 100. Another feature in the issue is the Power Prognosticator, in which top news editors predict what 2001 will hold in store for the network


Other stories in the annual Network World Power Issue include features on the 10 biggest power struggles shaping the industry, advice for exerting power during contract negotiations, and a humorous look at sure-fire ways to lose power. The special edition is available on Network World Fusion


The Power Issue, part of Network World's premier Signature Series, is one of six bi-monthly supplements providing insights, opinions and information on the biggest trends shaping the networked world.

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