Computerworld Unveils Nation's Leading IT Strategists in its Premier 100 Issue

Honorees to Share Winning Ideas, Best Practices and Business Strategies at Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- March 26, 2001 -- IDG's Computerworld, the newspaper for IT leaders, today released its annual list of the Premier 100 IT Leaders, recognizing IT and business executives who redefine their work environment, business strategy and culture through innovative use of information technology. The winners will be honored at the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, May 20-22 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Selected by Computerworld editors, the Premier 100 include CIOs, CTOs, vice presidents and board chairmen from well-known companies including Staples Inc., Sony Electronics, Barnes & Noble.com, Capital One Financial Corp., Texaco Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp., and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), as well as thought-leaders from start-ups forging ahead in the Internet economy. Winners were chosen from more than 500 nominees representing global industries and a broad cross-section of companies.

"At Computerworld, we understand the business challenges IT leaders face when transforming their organization through technology," said Alan R. Guibord, president, CEO and publisher of Computerworld. "With that in mind, we are continuously seeking out the best and brightest in the IT community to find the best examples of IT leadership. The result is Computerworld's Premier 100, a set of individuals that personify the best practices and most innovative solutions in IT."

"We received hundreds of nominees from distinguished global companies to identify best practices and winning IT strategies," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "The leaders we recognize as Premier 100 are not just introducing new technology into their organizations. They are creating unique and challenging work environments that draw top IT talent, and that kind of environment leads to great success. Whether it's a fledgling start-up or blue-chip giant, there are certain core attributes common to successful IT Leadership. The Premier 100 list showcases that."

Honorees were selected from a pool of applicants who most closely match Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of common characteristics identified through an extensive, 62-question survey that the nominees were asked to complete.

The Premier 100 honorees are leaders who share many of these characteristics and essential attributes:

• Promotes an IT vision that supports the company strategy.

• Understands business needs and budgetary responsibilities beyond the IT department.

• Ties technology and innovation to specific business needs and goals.

• Learns from failure and uses these experiences to improve IT processes and products.

• Creates work environments that are productive and rewarding to employees.

• Encourages staff to be innovative and motivates with recognition and opportunity.

• Compares best practices with those of peer companies.

The complete list of this year's Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the March 26, 2001 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com/premier100. The issue also includes extensive feature articles summarizing the challenges IT leaders expect to face in the coming year, including wireless, globalization, outsourcing and leadership skills.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

IT and business executives from around the nation, many of whom are honored as Computerworld's Premier 100, will gather at Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, May 20-22, 2001 at the Westin Mission Hills resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Featured keynotes and panelists include Ralph Szygenda, CIO, General Motors; Douglas Busch, vice president of Information Technology, Intel Corporation; and Patty Seybold, president of Seybold Associates and author of the upcoming book "Customers.com." These and other IT and business leaders will discuss business-critical issues, including the challenges of wireless communication, privacy and security, customer service, globalization and tracking the ROI behind technology expenditures.

Crafted entirely by Computerworld editors, the conference focuses on winning ideas, best practices and real applications of IT strategy. The emphasis is on highly interactive discussions and peer interaction between IT and business executives.

To register or to review the latest conference program information online, go to www.computerworld.com/p100

About Computerworld

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. With a circulation of 250,000, Computerworld, has a total audience of 935,200 according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.7.0. 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.

Copyright © 2001 IDG Communications, Inc.

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