CMP's InformationWeek Announces Results of 12th Annual InformationWeek 500 Ranking Honoring Nation's Most Innovative Users of IT

- Record-Breaking 532-Page Issue Makes It Largest in Publication's History -

Sep 11, 2000

CMP's InformationWeek Magazine announced today the results of its 12th annual InformationWeek 500, ranking the top 500 U.S.-based companies that are best achieving business innovation powered by technology. 3Com Corp. topped this year's list as the most innovative user of technology. Rounding out the top five are CIT Group Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Avnet Inc., and Cisco Systems Inc.

Last year, Marshall Industries, now part of Avnet, captured the top spot, followed by Knight Ridder Inc., Microsoft Corp., CIT Group Inc. and Sprint Corp.

The Sept. 11 issue also marks the largest in InformationWeek's 15-year history. The issue carries 330 advertising pages and a total folio of 532 pages and coincides with the Fall 2000 InformationWeek Conference entitled "The Customer Experience: New Opportunities, New Business Models" taking place Sept. 10 to 13 in Tucson, Ariz. This year's conference is sponsored by 30 technology vendors and will gather 600 CIOs, senior IT business executives, and industry experts.

"The InformationWeek 500 is a unique opportunity for businesses," said Mike Friedenberg, publisher of InformationWeek. "Not only are the best firms heralded for their IT achievements, InformationWeek is also providing a benchmarking tool for organizations to compare their IT strategies against the entire list or their vertical industry peers. This exceptional editorial package is the driving force behind this monumental issue."

To be considered for the InformationWeek 500 list, a company must demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural, and organizational innovation. Only U.S. companies with at least $1 billion in annual revenue are invited to participate in the study. More than 600 companies vied for the honor of making this year's InformationWeek 500 ranking. Premier research partners that aided InformationWeek editors in this project include Information Resource Group (IRG) based in Sterling Heights, MI and CIC Research of San Diego, CA.

"We found that while E-business remains the dominant InformationWeek 500 business priority, customer-centric initiatives follow closely behind," said Rusty Weston, editor of InformationWeek Research and "In the vast majority of InformationWeek 500 sites, the top priorities include building Web-based customer initiatives aimed at better understanding and meeting the needs of customers, enhancing customer service, and organizing and utilizing customer data."

A full list of this year's InformationWeek 500 companies, as well as an in-depth analysis of vertical industries, can be found at The entire InformationWeek 500 report, containing additional unpublished findings, can be purchased at

About InformationWeek

InformationWeek helps the people who buy, build, and manage technology drive business innovation powered by technology. In addition to the weekly magazine, InformationWeek provides a system of information solutions including, InformationWeek Research, InformationWeek Events, and InformationWeek -E-newsletters. In May 2000, InformationWeek was named one of the nation's Top 10 B2B Media Powerhouses by Advertising Age's B2B Magazine.

About CMP Media Inc.

CMP Media Inc. ( is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers, and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing, and consulting.

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