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IT on the 'Net Frontier: The Leadership Challenge

Maryfran Johnson    [a1] [a2]
Vice President of Editorial Content

The rise of the Internet and "e-business" is rapidly transforming the computer industry, as companies begin the transition to an age of pervasive computing and integrated supply chains. Today's IT professionals need to be deeply involved with their companies' business strategies, helping to craft new ways of connecting with customers and creative ways to leverage technology as business models rapidly evolve. On top of all this change, the "dot-com brain drain" is pulling top talent away from traditional companies at an alarming rate. In her talk, Computerworld Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson will zero in on the leading high-tech trends and their impact on company strategies across all industries.

Maryfran Johnson is the vice president of editorial content for and editor in chief of Computerworld, the Newspaper for IT Leaders, with a nationwide circulation of 250,000 business and information technology professionals. She joined Computerworld in 1989, after eight years as a reporter at daily newspapers in Florida, Washington state and Ohio. In her first position as a technology reporter at Computerworld, she covered a variety of beats including IBM and HP midrange systems, the Unix industry, and client/server software. She was the founding editor of Computerworld's Client/Server Journal in 1993, and then promoted a year later to News Editor.

In February 1996, she moved to the executive editor role, a position responsible for all newsroom operations and a staff of 65. In her role as Computerworld's top editor, she serves as a technology commentator for radio, TV and newspapers, and is a prominent keynote speaker at industry conferences. Ms. Johnson holds a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, and two bachelor's degrees, one in French Literature from the State University of New York at Albany, and the other in Journalism from the University of Florida.

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