Michael Friedenberg

President and CEO

Michael Friedenberg is CEO and president of IDG Communications, an IDG company that develops strategic media properties and peer advisory services. Appointed in March 2009, Friedenberg oversees IDGs award-winning brands, websites, products and services for CIO, CIO Executive Council, CFOworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, Industry Standard, InfoWorld, ITWorld, and Network World. With 20 years in the information technology (IT) media industry, Friedenberg is widely regarded as a dynamic leader and expert who keenly understands the media and technology industrys evolving needs. In 2010, Friedenberg was inducted into the min Sales Hall of Fame and has been named to BtoB magazines Whos Who in business media for eight consecutive years. Previously, Friedenberg advanced from United Business Media sales management positions to vice president and publisher of InformationWeek, and later vice president and group publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and co-founder of Optimize magazine. As VP/group publisher, Friedenberg set the vision, strategy, and positioning of multiple brands across print, online, events, and research services. Friedenbergs career also includes work with Cardinal Business Media and vertical publications at HP Professional, Midrange Systems, and DEC Professional. Outside the walls of IDG, Friedenberg is a source for other media outlets on issues of media, marketing, and technology. He is widely regarded as an expert and regularly quoted about the technology and media industry by publications including The New York Times, BtoB magazine, The Write News, Folio magazine, and min. He is also a frequent guest speaker at many industry conferences as well as user events for companies such as the Federal Reserve Board, DigiDay, IBM, HP, Oracle, CA, Microsoft, Avaya, Infosys and Fujitsu. Friedenberg graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Retail Must Reinvent Itself for the Omnichannel Future

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg offers his take on the latest IDC predictions about retail customers, big data, supply chain and more

Will 3D Printing Really Change the World?

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg says it already has, as he contemplates 3-D printing technology that can create things as varied as a human liver and a new home.

IT Industry Undergoing an Epic Transition

CEO Michael Friedenberg reads the signs of an enterprise tech industry that is unraveling before our eyes. But as one computing era ends, a new one (which IDC calls the third platform) is just beginning.

Tech Market Davids vs. Goliaths, Wearables and the Future of IT

CEO Mike Friedenberg ponders the big questions for IT leaders during his summer beach brainstorm.

How to measure the cultural DNA of your company

When Yahoo appointed Marissa Mayer as CEO, it wasn't her gender or pregnancy that made it relevant, it was her product expertise. What does your CEO bring to the table and how should IT support that goal? If you don't know, you should....

Are You Keeping Ahead of IT Industry Trends?

Social, mobile and other consumer technologies are inspiring venture capitalists to invest and changing the landscape of IT. Are you paying attention? Insider (registration required)

What will it take to get more women execs in IT?

Women still make up a woefully small percentage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals. Will the tide change soon?

How CIOs Can Help Facilitate Systems of Engagement

The CEO community is turning to CIOs to help accelerate revenue growth and deepen engagement with customers.

Why smart CIOs channel Steve Jobs

While there are many things to question about Jobs' approach to business, you can't argue with his knack for melding tech and design. Is it time to bring back the importance of the user experience?

Why big data means a big year for Hadoop

Companies from IBM to Amazon are turning to Hadoop to manage the surge in data that needs storing.

CIO Letter: Top Ten Tech Predictions for 2012

Michael Friedenberg, President and CEO of CIO magazine, weighs in with his top ten predictions for what will impact the IT-business landscape in 2012.

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