Computerworld Honors Joel Jacobs as a Premier 100 IT Leader

MCLEAN, Va., February 23, 2011—IDG's Computerworld has named Joel Jacobs, vice president and chief information officer of The MITRE Corporation, a 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader. This year's Premier 100 spotlights leaders from both the technical and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative solutions to business challenges, and effectively managed IT strategies.

"The Premier 100 awards program honors an elite group of IT executives," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "In the face of the past few years of economic turmoil that for many meant budget cuts and staff downsizing, these 100 men and women continued to innovate and deliver measurable business value. They begin 2011 recharged and ready, positioning their departments and their businesses for speed and growth. We're pleased to honor the achievements of these 100 men and women who deliver strategic vision and seamless leadership through turbulent times."

One of Jacobs' key initiatives at MITRE has been restructuring the IT management process by introducing a comprehensive IT Service Management program. This model follows the entire life of a service—from concept to operation—providing a roadmap for customers and partners. It gives stakeholders visibility into service offerings, performance, cost and planned evolution, explaining the details in easily understood terms. It also guides decisions throughout a service's lifecycle to ensure that MITRE's IT division is consistently working with users and customers to drive toward innovative business solutions.

At the same time, Jacobs has been a champion of emerging technologies that improve employees' productivity and connectivity and has championed cyber security advancement by partnering with Gary Gagnon, vice president and MITRE's corporate director of cyber security, to secure MITRE's information environment and that of its sponsors.

"Under Joel's leadership, MITRE has transformed the way it manages information technology to become more customer focused and cost effective," said Alfred Grasso, MITRE president and CEO. "Beyond his technical guidance, he has been instrumental in creating a world-class work environment for MITRE's IT employees, helping to earn us a spot on the 'Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT' list six years running."

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of Computerworld's annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, being held March 6-8, 2011, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. The conference, to be attended by more than 375 influential senior IT managers, will showcase honorees and other IT innovators as they discuss how to create competitive IT organizations. More information is available at

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