SOURCE: Computerworld

June 23, 2008 06:03 ET

"Competing on Analytics" Co-Author, Jeanne Harris, to Address Business and Technology Professionals on June 24 in Chicago

Director of Data Analytics at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to Present Analytics Case Study

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - Acclaimed business author Jeanne Harris, who co-wrote "Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning" (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), will address business and technology professionals at Computerworld and InfoWorld's IT Executive Forum on "Competing on Analytics," taking place from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 24 at the Metropolitan Club on the 66th floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Harris will present findings from her latest ongoing research, which explains how high-performance businesses are generating impressive business results using competitive strategies around data-driven insights.

Harris's work has been published in numerous business publications, including Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. Her research has been quoted extensively by the international business press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes Magazine, CFO Magazine, CIO Magazine, Computerworld and Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

She is executive research fellow and director of research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance Business where she leads research in the areas of information, technology and strategy.

Also presenting during the morning's program will be Kyle Cheek, Ph.D., director of data analytics at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation. In that role, he is responsible for the Special Investigations Department's Intelligence Group, a highly skilled team of analysts dedicated to healthcare fraud detection and fraud investigation support. He is also responsible for extending the analytic capacity of the Intelligence Group to other enterprise initiatives at Health Care Service Corporation.

Registration to attend the morning's program, sponsored by SAS, is complimentary to qualified line-of-business and IT end-user executives. To view a complete agenda, and to apply for complimentary registration, please visit: http://itexecutiveforum.com/itef_il_062408.aspx.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at www.infoworld.com.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at www.idg.com. Note: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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