Editorial Features

By CIOinsight

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No executive role in corporate America has become more challenging than that of the CIO. With ever-increasing operational costs, demands on resources, and an expectation for high returns on investments during a time of economic cutbacks and belt-tightening, the CIO is at the center of the hailstorm.

CIO Insight is the business journal of record for today's senior IT decision-makers. Its mission: to provide the IT elite with articles about the cutting-edge strategies, management techniques and technology perspectives they need to succeed in the digital economy.

Each month, CIO Insight provides a source that senior-level technology executives can depend on for strategic thinking and proprietary research about business and technology issues. Writers are either proven experts in their fields or journalists who are well-versed in technology and management issues. As a result of its elevated editorial approach, CIO Insight reaches an elite group of CIOs, CTOs and vice presidents of IT/IS/MIS. CIO Insight's subscriber readership includes neither secondary levels of IT individuals nor other senior-level business executives who are not directly involved in their organization's technology budget, direction and strategy.

As CIOs search for insightful ideas to solve the complex business and technology issues they face, they are turning to CIO Insightto provide perspective.




2003 Jesse H. Neal Award Finalist
Best Single Issue: “July 2002”
Best Single Theme Issue: “The Alignment Gap”
Best Subject Related Series of Articles: “Security”

2002 Jesse H. Neal Award Finalist
Best Department: “Expert Voices”

Note: The Jesse H. Neal Editorial Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in independent business publications.


American Society of Business Press Editors 2001
Gold: National & Eastern Region:
          Best New Publication Design
Gold: National & Eastern Region:
   Information Graphics Ozzie Award 2001 Ozzie Awards
Silver: Best Design, New Magazine

Circulation 2002 Circulation Award 2002 Circulation Excellence Awards
Gold: Business to Business Launch

Editorial Guidelines

CIO Insight does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, previously published material or vendor-written articles. However, we do welcome well-thought out story proposals from experienced journalists and experts in technology and business subjects. If you have a compelling and/or original story idea, you may send your pitch to editors@cioinsight-ziffdavis.com. We are particularly interested in case studies, trend and analysis articles and ideas for whiteboards. Story pitches should be clear about the focus of the proposed article, why the topic is timely and the key questions to be answered in the article.

CIO Insightdoes not review products or publish product or personnel announcements.

Editorial Features

CIO Insight&#8217s comprehensive yet concise articles are written by experts proven in their fields or journalists who are well-versed in technology and management issues. The magazine's regular departments include:

RESEARCH: Monthly, proprietary, online surveys about issues that concern CIOs.

EXPERT VOICES: Opinions of thought leaders that will help CIOs stay ahead of the curve.

CASE STUDIES: In-depth examination of a company&#8217s strategy and the role of IT, with emphasis on the decision-making, lessons learned and the business payoff.

WHITEBOARDS: Visual representation of a decision or new business process or concept.

CATALYSTS: Leadership series focusing on people who have championed a technology change that revolutionized a business or a company&#8217s strategy.

TRENDS: Analysis of timely business, management or technology issues.

STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY: The strategic impact of emerging technologies giving CIOs a real&#8211world business context in which to make IT investments.

COLUMNS: Provocative views from highly respected industry experts on IT industry developments, future trends, leadership, and organizational behavior.

Advisory Board Bios


Doron J. Cohen
BrassTacks CIO

Doron Cohen had been senior vice president and chief information officer of Canada Life since March 2001. He has developed and implemented successive generations of innovative, enterprise wide organizational and technology strategies. Prior to joining Canada Life, Dr. Cohen was a Research Director of Marketing and IT Business Management with the Research and Advisory Services division of Gartner Group. His research focused on the strategic business value expectations from IT investments in the fast evolving eBusiness marketplace. Prior to joining Gartner Group in 1999, he served as the CIO of the TransCanada group of companies, where he directed the integration of diverse IT organizations across international borders, contributing to the success of the corporation's growth-by-acquisition strategy. Before joining TransCanada, Dr. Cohen served as CIO of the Kidd Creek mining company and as the Director of Computing Services for the University of Toronto. In addition to his work experience, he has served on the faculties of the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto, McGill University and the Technion.

Stephen C. Finnerty
Dell Computer Corporation

Steve Finnerty serves as vice president, Worldwide Operations IT and Procurement for Dell Computer Corporation. In this role, Mr. Finnerty is responsible for overseeing Dell's global supply chain and manufacturing systems. Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Finnerty was senior vice president and CIO for Kraft Foods North America, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of Kraft's North American Information Systems Organization. Previously, Mr. Finnerty was vice president of information systems and supply chain management for J.M. Huber Corporation, and he held senior-level management positions with Johnson Controls and Scott Paper. Mr. Finnerty is currently on the Board of the Society for Information Management (SIM) serving as past-president. His other affiliations have included the following organizations: Research Board, SIM Advanced Practices Council, Working Group for CIOs and The Council for Logistics Management. Mr. Finnerty graduated from Lehigh University with a Master's degree in business administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Villanova University.

Hau L. Lee
Stanford University

Hau L. Lee is the Thoma professor of operations, information and technology at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His areas of specialization include supply chain management, e-business, global logistics system design, inventory planning, information technology and manufacturing strategy. He is the founding and current director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, an industry-academic consortium to advance the theory and practice of global supply chain management.  Professor Lee obtained his B.Soc.Sc. degree in economics and statistics from the University of Hong Kong, his M.Sc. degree in operational research from the London School of Economics, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in operations research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric M. Mark
Strategy & Planning, Inc.

Eric M. Mark is currently managing director at Strategy & Planning, Inc. (www.strategy-planning.com), a leading interim CIO and aligned business technology consultancy based in New York.  A seasoned, hands-on chief information officer and distinguished McKinsey & Company alumnus, Mr. Mark is recognized by senior executives and industry leaders as a trusted advisor for addressing their major business technology opportunities and challenges.  He has been profiled as a "leading, boardroom level CIO," written thought leadership pieces on IT and IT for CEOs, appeared on panels and conferences as an expert in the field, and serves on governance and advisory boards such as the elite MorganStanley CIO council.  Mr. Mark has more than 20 years of hands-on experience and expertise in IT transformation, the building and development of world-class global organizations, process, product and applications development and deployment, enterprise solutions (ERP/SCM), customer relationship management (CRM) and business continuity. Mr. Mark may be reached at emm@strategy-planning.com.

Richard L. Nolan
Harvard University

Professor Nolan, the William Barclay Harding Professor of Management of Technology at Harvard University, studies and teaches business transformation and served as chairman of the business strategy consulting firm Nolan, Norton & Co., which he cofounded, from 1977 to 1991. Nolan also studies ways to help companies devise new principles to guide the management of information as a resource distinctively different from scarce, physical resources. Nolan, with IBM strategic studies director Stephan Haeckel, discussed the key ideas behind leveraging general management decisions through information technology in a groundbreaking Harvard Business Review article, "Managing by Wire," and coauthored a chapter entitled "Managing by Wire: Using IT to Transform a Business from 'Make-and-Sell' to 'Sense-and-Respond.'" That chapter was included in the 1996 book Competing in the Information Age, Strategic Alignment in Practice, by Jerry Luftman. Nolan has since written two books of his own: Creative Destruction (HBS Press 1995) and dot vertigo (Wiley and Sons, 2001), which is about the management lessons that dot-com and traditional companies have learned from incorporating the Internet into operations.

David P. Norton
Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, Inc.

David Norton is a cofounder, president & CEO of Balanced Scorecard Collaborative. Prior to BSCol, Dr. Norton cofounded and served as president of Renaissance Solutions, Inc., a Balanced Scorecard consulting firm. He was also cofounder and president of Nolan, Norton & Company. He is coauthor, with Robert S. Kaplan, of The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy Into Action (Harvard Business School Publishing, 1996), and The Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2000), and three articles on the Balanced Scorecard in Harvard Business Review. Dr. Norton earned his doctorate in business administration from Harvard University, an MBA from Florida State University, an MS in operations research from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

John Parkinson
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

John Parkinson is a vice president and chief technologist for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC Americas Region. As a member of the Global Technology council and the Regional Technology Services leadership team, he sets the direction for the company's portfolio of technology consulting offerings. Mr. Parkinson has degrees in mathematics and in information sciences from Exeter University U.K. He has written and/or edited four books on information systems development, contributed more than 40 papers to conferences and journals, and spoken frequently at international meetings on such topics as innovation, e-commerce, knowledge management, emerging technologies and related topics.

Stuart Robbins
The CIO Collective

Stuart Robbins is the founder and executive director of The CIO Collective, a nonprofit professional association of senior IT executives providing strategic guidance to emerging institutions and intiatives. He is also the founder of KMERA Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in knowledge management solutions. Formerly the CIO of Jamcracker Inc., Mr. Robbins is also on the CIO advisory boards for Morgan Stanley, Netscaler, Sigma Partners and Outlook ventures, and has published numerous articles and white papers on information technology.

This article was originally published on 11-02-2001