SOURCE: Computerworld

March 19, 2007 15:42 ET

Computerworld's 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference Focuses on IT Innovation for Business Growth

More Than 700 Gather to Discuss Critical Technology and Business Issues, Share Strategies and Tactics for Fostering Innovation

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- Hundreds of the nation's top technology executives once again gathered at Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in Palm Desert from March 4-6 to share their accomplishments and expertise at the largest IT executive event of its kind. Now in its eighth year, Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference attracts CIOs, VPs of IT and IT directors who come together to learn and to share their project successes, as well as honor the best of the best among their peers.

"Computerworld is truly honored to bring together so many IT and business leaders who are innovatively using technology to move their companies forward. These men and women are so often the behind-the-scenes heroes of faster product turnaround times, improved customer service and a whole array of new products and services that make our lives better," said Julia King, executive editor for events at Computerworld. "Over three days, we were able to tap into great ideas during panel discussions and presentations by IT executives on a range of topics, from IT in health care to data security and privacy. Our goal is to give attendees the opportunity to establish and renew connections with friends and colleagues that will immediately benefit their organizations."

The Closing Visionary Address "Dealing with Darwin: The Role of IT in Global Competition" was given by Geoffrey Moore, managing director at TCG Advisors, venture partner Mohr Davidow Ventures, and author of "Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado." "I have known Computerworld for decades and they have been part of my world since I was an IT and sales executive. Since I started writing books, Computerworld has always been interested in having me share my ideas with its constituency at events like this. I am always delighted to be here," said Moore.

"I attended Premier 100 for the honor, but also for the opportunity to network and get to know other CIOs," said Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture and a Premier 100 Honoree for 2007. "This is my second year of attending, and I will bring back important knowledge to my work." An "Ask a Premier 100 IT Leader" interview with Modruson is available on Computerworld.com at: http://tinyurl.com/3cavgg.

"I am honored to have our work for the Real Time Crime Center and Crime Data Warehouse recognized by Computerworld as Best in Class," said V. James Onalfo, deputy commissioner and CIO, New York Police Department and one of 10 Premier 100 "Best in Class" Award honorees. "I am impressed that Computerworld is helping our management recognize us by elevating and recognizing leaders throughout the IT world. No one has done that before Computerworld, and it's going to have dramatic impact on the upward growth of IT executives in management." An interview with Onalfo, "Early Tech Fascination Leads to a Lifelong Career" by Bob Violino, is available on Computerworld.com at http://tinyurl.com/3xfasx.

As part of the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference each year, Computerworld surveys attendees and previous honorees on a range of critical topics facing IT executives and their businesses. In early 2007, Computerworld surveyed 139 Premier 100 honorees and other IT executives who registered to attend the conference. Their CEOs' top priority was "growing the business," outdistancing all other business goals by a large margin. Cutting costs ranked last on CEOs' priority lists, with only 10 percent of respondents citing it as a primary goal. To read more about the conference and learn the results of audience polls, go to "IT's Best and Brightest: Premier 100 IT Leaders 2007" at http://tinyurl.com/2uacjf.

The Conference Underwriter for 2007 was Avaya. Platinum Sponsors included APC, BMC Software, Cigital, Cingular/AT&T, Compuware, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, ProCurve Networking, MKS, Meru Networks, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, SAS, Sybase, Symantec, Teradata and Verizon Wireless. The Pre-Conference Golf Outing Sponsor was Fujitsu. For more information about the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, visit www.premier100.com.

Computerworld's ninth annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference will take place March 9-11, 2008 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is recognized worldwide as the premier source for news, information and opinion on the critical technology and management issues affecting senior technology professionals. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including the 2006 and 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Computerworld has an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture) and a total print audience of 1,337,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006). Computerworld is on the Web at www.computerworld.com.

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