Information Technology Elite Assembles At Computerworld Premier 100 Conference

PALM DESERT, CA.- JUNE 20, 2000 -The most compelling and business-critical technology issues are the focus of four hundred of the brightest minds in IT leadership. This week, at the first annual Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, CIOs and other high-level information technology executives are gathered to discuss everything from enterprise security to B2B e-commerce to dotcom survival.


Premier 100 presents a radical departure from the standard IT conference. Its innovative conference agenda and content was crafted by the Computerworld editors, and, as a result, focuses on interactive discussion about real experiences, rather then choreographed demonstrations from technology vendors.

"What makes the Premier 100 Conference unusual is that it provides a truly peer-to-peer environment," said Bob Schwartz, vice president and CIO of Panasonic, and Premier 100 honoree and B2B E-commerce panelist. "This conference offers the unique opportunity for IT executives to learn lessons from those that have gone through the trials of implementing technology for their own companies. Also, Computerworld has worked diligently to select topics for the conference that are current and that cover the tough issues that IT leaders are facing today."

In the series of highly interactive and engaging panels, attendees hear about a variety of topics from "the naked truth" about B2B e-commerce, and whether only the paranoid survive in the field of enterprise security, to the pros and cons of outsourcing, and strategies for success in the Internet economy. With the recent attention given to business risk for pure dotcom companies, one of the most relevant keynotes will be today's speaker David Lord, CEO of the recently shuttered, discussing some of the painful "lessons learned on the Net frontier."

"With our Premier 100 Conference, Computerworld wanted to tap the enormous experience and contributions of the people who promote and support innovation through technology," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Computerworld. "Since the agenda is editorially driven, the discussion captures exactly what IT and business leaders are concerned with right now."

Computerworld will recognize its Premier 100 Information Technology (IT) Leaders at a gala event this evening. This year's Premier 100 IT Leaders include CIOs, vice presidents and Information Services (IS) directors from a variety of areas within their organizations and represent an array of vertical industries. While some honorees lead technology decisions at high-profile companies — such as Levi Strauss, Cisco Systems, Delta Airlines,, Jamba Juice, Merrill Lynch, Wal-Mart Stores, MCI WorldCom, Williams-Sonoma, Raytheon Systems, General Motors, eToys and Panasonic — Computerworld also recognized IT Leaders within start-up companies that are innovatively dealing with enormous technology challenges, including an undefined market and fierce competition.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference is being held June 19-21, 2000 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information on Premier 100 in 2001, call 1-800/343-6474, extension 8500.

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