Panel of Technology Experts Chosen to Evaluate Custom Applications For Seventh Annual Windows World Open

Panel of Technology Experts Chosen to Evaluate Custom Applications For Seventh Annual Windows World Open

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 15, 1998 — Windows World Open, an international competition that recognizes innovative custom applications for the Microsoft® Windows®
operating system, today announced the selection of the 1998 judging panel for the seventh annual contest, sponsored by Computerworld magazine, Microsoft Corp. and ZD COMDEX & FORUMS.

“Custom applications fulfill a crucial technology need in organizations today because internal developers understand their company better than anyone and can provide enormous benefits with innovative and specialized applications,” said Cheryl Currid, president of Currid & Company. “I’m glad to be part of a contest that recognizes the value internal application developers provide to their organizations.”

The judges will choose three finalists in each of 10 application categories:

  • Communications

  • Electronic commerce

  • Energy/utilities

  • Financial/insurance services

  • Government/justice and public safety/education

  • Health care

  • Manufacturing/engineering

  • Retail services/distribution

  • Business administration

  • Customer management/customer service/sales force automation

The finalists will demonstrate their applications for final judging at the Windows World Open Pavilion during Windows World ’98, which will run April 20 through 23 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held at Windows World.

1998 Judging Panel for Award Winners and Finalists

The judges are Peter Burris, vice president and service director, Meta Group Inc.; Raymond Caron, senior vice president and chief information officer, CIGNA Corp.; Cheryl Currid, president, Currid & Co.; Dr. Martin Armitage, head of global infrastructure, Unilever PLC; Todd Garrad, chief information officer, Procter & Gamble Co.; Jim Lisiak, technology planner, Chevron Information Technology Co.; Daniel Willis, principal analyst, The Sullivan Group; Anthony Pizi, first vice president, Merrill Lynch; Hector Garcia, senior software engineer and project manager, Confia SA; Alan Cooper, principal, Cooper Interactive Design; Tim Byers, chief technology officer, Shell Western E & P Inc.; Nada Harris, deputy assistant secretary for information resources management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Andy MacDonald, chief government information officer for the government of Canada; Rich Hebda, vice president, First Chicago National Bank; and Richard Arns, executive director, Chicago Research & Planning Group.

“For every company out there, there’s an extraordinary mind that moves technology forward. Yet, where do you find this talent? As a judge for the seventh annual Windows World Open, it is clear that this competition discovers software developers who in their own right are exceptional business solution pioneers,” said Richard Arns, executive director of the Chicago Research & Planning Group, a not-for-profit organization consisting of the chief information officers from many of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies. “The competition is a zenith for new ideas, new strategies and the new faces changing our world with the powerful tools developed under the Microsoft Windows platform.”

About Windows World Open

Windows World Open, founded in 1991, honors developers who write leading-edge custom applications that take advantage of the full spectrum of the Windows operating system to improve efficiency and solve real-world business problems. For the first time, the competition includes custom applications written for Windows CE-based handheld devices, as well as applications for the Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows NT®
operating systems.

Windows World Open showcases the versatility, openness and power of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Last year’s finalists used more than 100 third-party tools to create applications for Windows, demonstrating the wide range of tools available for developers on the Windows platform. These applications, in turn, were used by more than 130,000 people, allowing them to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Six of the finalists used the Internet as a component of their solutions, reflecting the growing interest of custom application developers in the Internet.

Eligibility for the 1998 Windows World Open is limited to custom applications only. The applications must have been developed to meet a specific challenge for a particular business or organization, and they may not be available for resale. The application can incorporate legacy systems or off-the-shelf applications to create a completely new custom application. Other criteria are that the application must have been developed for Microsoft Windows 3.1, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows NT or Microsoft Windows CE. The application must be deployed and in use in the organization for which it was created before the entry deadline of Jan. 23, 1998. Custom application developers are encouraged to obtain a Windows World Open entry kit by visiting ( or by calling (800) 829-4143.

Windows World Open Sponsors

Computerworld, the leading weekly newspaper for information technology leaders, provides timely news and analysis on all aspects of the computer industry. Recognized three times by the Computer Press Association as the No. 1 computer newspaper, the publication has 152,033 paid subscribers (ABC June 1997 Publisher’s Statement) and an average issue audience of 1,039,700 IT business influencers (IntelliQuest CIMS v4.0, September 1997). @Computerworld is the Web version of the print edition, with unique content and features and is located at ( . Computerworld is headquartered at 500 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, MA 01701.

ZD COMDEX & FORUMS is the world’s leading producer of information technology events, with products ranging from the IT industry’s largest exhibitions to renowned, educational programs, custom seminars and specialized vendor marketing programs. It brings together the high-profile, high-impact COMDEX and WINDOWS WORLD brands with the educational focus and depth of NetWorld+Interop, Seybold Seminars and other leading industry events. ZD COMDEX & FORUMS serves more than 6,000 exhibiting companies and two million attendees through 65 events in 20 countries. These events have revolutionized the way computers are bought, sold and distributed. ZD COMDEX & FORUMS is a division of Ziff Davis.

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