Record Number of CIOs, CTOs and VPs of IT To Attend Computerworld’s 4th Annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 6, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld today announced that registrations to attend Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference are at an all-time high despite the cost-cutting challenges CIOs face in today's economy. The conference will take place February 23-25, 2003, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.


"We build the Premier 100 conference around exactly the topics that IT executives most want to discuss with each other, so our event is really all about enabling those conversations," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Everyone is focused this year on doing more with less, which makes the exchange of innovative ideas not only more important than ever, but clearly a critical need among the record number of CIOs registered to attend."

Susan Unger, CIO of DaimlerChrysler, will open the two-day event, which is built around the theme of "Leading the Way to the Real-Time Enterprise." The program will continue with addresses from senior technology executives and experts including Scott Charney, chief security strategist for Microsoft; Warren Bennis, presidential adviser and renowned author of "On Becoming a Leader"; Curtis Robb, CIO of Delta Air Lines; Tim Buckley, CIO of The Vanguard Group; John McKinley, CTO of Merrill-Lynch; and Roger Ham, CIO of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The fourth annual Premier 100 event will provide an executive-level forum for the exchange of new ideas and cost-saving strategies among leading IT practitioners from a broad cross-section of industries. Many of the attendees were recently honored by Computerworld for their exceptional technology leadership in the Premier 100 IT Leaders Special Issue on January 6.

This year's conference keys into an extensive lineup of business and technology issues, encompassing top-level infrastructure and integration issues, security and business continuity, and ways in which IT can prove its value to the enterprise. The experiences of the Premier 100 honorees and other IT leaders are featured on stage in a series of interactive panel discussions. For example, Julia King, Computerworld's management editor, will lead a panel "Beyond Cost-Cutting: IT Projects That Prove Their Value," while Computerworld columnist Bart Perkins will moderate a debate about IT sourcing strategies with viewpoints represented from both user and vendor companies.

Attendees are from IT user companies and include a range of IT executives, managers, directors, CIOs, and CTOs, as well as Computerworld's Premier 100 honorees. Sponsoring companies are represented not by pitching their products, but by introducing attendees to leading customers, and presenting best practices and case studies.

The latest conference agenda and program information are available online at

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders – those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper – along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders – form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

About IDG

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