The Results Are In — Computerworld Names the Country’s “Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders”

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 8, 2000 – Computerworld today released its list of the top 100 Information Technology (IT) Leaders who are driving the understanding and adoption of leading-edge technology to advance their companies.

The Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leaders" will gather with the technology community to discuss the opportunities and challenges they face at Computerworld's Premier 100 Conference being held June 19-21 in Palm Desert, Calif.

"Today more than ever, strong IT leadership is crucial to a company's survival, as technology is so closely tied to the business needs and goals of successful organizations," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Computerworld. "At Computerworld, we believe it is important to recognize the contributions of the individuals who promote and support innovative approaches to using technology to enhance their companies' competitiveness."

To determine this year's Premier 100 IT Leaders, Computerworld analyzed each executive's skills, attributes and contributions using its IT Leadership Index, a set of common characteristics that top technology and business executives agree are the essential attributes of an "IT Leader." For example, according to the index, Premier 100 IT Leaders take calculated risks, nurture their IT staffs with creative work environments, and tie technology to business goals. Each individual recognized by Computerworld has demonstrated the ability to guide the effective use of information technology to improve his or her company's business performance.

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, Avon Products, Cisco Systems, Delta Airlines, autobytel.com, Jamba Juice, Merrill Lynch, Wal-Mart Stores, MCI WorldCom, Starbucks Coffee, 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.

This is the eleventh year Computerworld has selected the Premier 100, though this is the first year Computerworld has spotlighted individuals for the Premier 100 as IT Leaders. In previous years, Computerworld honored specific companies that exemplified IT leadership. In today's technology environment, Computerworld believes that the people spearheading IT efforts are becoming the most important element to leverage technology for business advantage.

This year's Premier 100 IT Leaders report can be found in the May 8th issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com. The report includes the results of Computerworld's extensive search to identify today's Premier 100 IT Leaders, as well as comprehensive feature articles that delve into today's most compelling technology debates and profiles of select IT Leaders.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

Next month, IT executives from around the country will gather to discuss best practices in leveraging their companies' strategic information resources at Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference. Among the conference attendees and presenters will be a number of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders, who will share proven examples of how innovative IT leadership has helped advance their organizations in the marketplace.

Crafted by Computerworld editors, the conference presents a radical departure from the standard IT conference. With a focus on winning ideas, best practices and real applications of IT strategy from the very IT Leaders who are successfully applying them to business today, attendees will gain direct insight from leading user organizations. Instead of one-way presentations, the major conference sessions will consist of highly interactive, entertaining discussions with IT leaders and industry experts, each moderated by Computerworld editors in a "town-hall" meeting style. Key topics will center on the intersection of technology and business in areas critically important to IT Leaders.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference will take place June 19-21, 2000 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. Speakers and panelists include Delta Air Lines E-Leader and former CIO Charlie Feld, Ford Motor Co. CIO James Yost and Toysmart.com CEO David Lord. To register or to review the latest conference program information online go to www.computerworld.com/p100.

A unit of International Data Group, Computerworld Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company's flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. Computerworld, with a circulation of 250,000, is read by more senior-level managers than any other IT newsweekly, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.6.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available through Computerworld's Web site at www.computerworld.com. Computerworld is based in Framingham, Mass.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries.

IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.