P2P for IT Execs

IT is mission-critical to leading corporations, but you'd never know it from the size of the CIO pay packet. According to an exclusive Computerworld survey detailed in this week's Cover Story, fewer than 5% of Fortune 1,000 CIOs are named on the proxy statement. Only 46 of these companies compensate their IT leaders on a par with other senior business executives. And while corporate vision and business strategy often rest upon the success of IT as a competitive weapon, many CIOs still hit a wall when they try to claim a seat in the executive suite.

What's the real problem here? It could be the lack of mission-critical connections, frankly. As a relatively new executive position, CIOs just don't have the well-established peer networks that serve their business counterparts so well. We'd like to help change that. This week, we're introducing Computerworld Executive Suite, a private online community where IT leaders can meet and talk about technology issues and business problems.

Think of it as a one-stop professional connection built for busy IT execs. We've stocked this new community with exclusive content, online services, research and other professional resources. We invite you to apply for membership at http://exec.computerworld.com and join in this online discourse with your peers.

In the arena of off-line peer networking, we're also trying to do our part. Next week at our Premier 100 IT Leaders conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif., we will honor the best practitioners in the field. We'll provide a forum for users to debate pressing industry issues and share advice and war stories.

Finally, this week's issue comes repackaged in a slightly smaller format and features a new tool to better help you find stories and online information of interest. The more portable format is the first step in our ongoing plans to converge our print and online content to better serve your needs. As you leaf through this issue, you'll also notice some bar codes tucked here and there. We're deploying these CueCat bar codes to direct readers to value-added content online.

We hope these new offerings will help you reach your own mission-critical goals. Let us know how else we can help.

Patricia Keefe is Computerworld's editorial director. Contact her at patricia_keefe@computerworld.com.

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