Chief Technology Officers Feel Like “Corporate Triathletes,” According To CTO Forum Survey

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 17, 2000 – A survey of top CTOs at this week's first-ever InfoWorld CTO Forum indicates that most view themselves as

"corporate triathletes," required to master technology, business, and implementation.

Of the three areas of focus, more than half the CTOs surveyed report that successful implementation of systems is the greatest challenge for e-business.

"In today's ultra-competitive environment, CTOs must be masters of diversity," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief of InfoWorld, who is moderating the event. "It is not enough to focus on technology, CTOs must master business strategy as well as oversee the successful implementation of systems."

Among results of the CTO survey:

— More than three-fourths (77%) of all CTOs surveyed indicated they

must focus on three disciplines — technology, business, and


— More than half (57%) report that successfully implementing systems

is the greatest challenge in e-business.

— Almost all CTOs (93%) report that they are still seeking a

competitive advantage, not having won the e-business race.

For more information on CTO survey results, see the May 22 issue of InfoWorld, which will include detailed coverage of CTO surveys and research.

Survey Methodology

Attendees of the CTO Forum were surveyed in an automated polling system. The 150 CTOs attending the CTO Forum represent some of today's leading e-business companies, including, eToys,, and Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch.

About the CTO Forum

The first-ever CTO Forum is an invitation-only gathering of chief technology officers from 150 companies. The theme of the event, "Turning Internet Hype

into Business Reality," addresses the new role of CTOs in the E-business era. The CTO Forum is being held May 15-17, 2000 at the Palace Hotel in San

Francisco and was developed by InfoWorld editors with input from an advisory council of CTOs. Keynote speakers include Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun

Microsystems, Marc Andreessen, chairman of LoudCloud, and Geoff Yang, general partner of Redpoint Ventures. For more information, visit


About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld defines

technology for business and focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for

business advantage. InfoWorld's $21 million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's

most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes, defining technology for business on the web, features daily technology news, product reviews,

opinions, interactive discussion forums, along with a weekly e-mail newsletter (the InfoWorld Scoop) and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

InfoWorld Media Group is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines

and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through

(, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions

worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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