Year 2000

Year 2000

It's 1998: the millennium is on the horizon, just 23 months away. For Australians, the implications for "the Year 2000" are twofold. For most, the Year 2000 is synonymous with "Sydney 2000" and that city hosting the Olympic Games. But CIOs have their own special event to win - in fact, well before the celebrations start on December 31, 1999 - and that's the disruptive Year 2000 date-conversion problem.

With the new year just having started (at least when I write this) and the Year 2000 on everyone's mind, it's probably apropos that this month's cover story is about the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games' (SOCOG) technology business model. CIO spoke with the top IT person at SOCOG, Dennis Lock. Lock, SOCOG's general manager of technology, details the key to no risk technology at the 2000 games - accountability.

Throughout the year, CIO will continue to focus on the "other" Year 2000 issue when we find illuminating user stories or pertinent information. 1998 will also see CIO grow and move into new areas. As you may have already noted, this issue is the biggest in size since we started 20 months ago. Our "breakaway" from ComputerWorld gives us growing room. In March, CIO launches its first annual CIO Informat conference with the theme: "Integrating IT with Business Strategies." See the special section starting on page 15 for more information.

And, over the next month or so, we'll be forming a CIO-specific Advisory Board which will help us key in to top priorities for IS executives in 1998 (and beyond).

If you'd like to be a member of the CIO Advisory Board - or have comments you'd like to share for that matter - e-mail me at

Here's to a great '98 for all of CIO's readers, advertisers, business partners, contributors and employees.

Happy New Year.

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