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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
January 31, 2003

Business and Technology Workers Must Collaborate, Says Speaker at Carnegie Mellon's First IS Day

PITTSBURGH—The relationship between the business and technology sides of many companies often has been marked by mutual distrust, says Bob Evans, editor-in-chief of InformationWeek magazine, who will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's first "Information Systems Day," 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Rangos Room at the University Center.

The event will give students and faculty in the university's Information Systems program an opportunity to meet, share ideas and network with alumni and other IS professionals.

Other speakers include Sanjay Chopra, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and the founder and chairman of, which he launched in 1999. He will talk about the state of entrepreneurship for IS graduates. Latoya Williams, who works for the State Information Technology Consortium in Virginia, will talk to students about preparing for the transition from school to work.

Evans' talk is titled "From IT to Business Technology: Are You Ready for the Transformation?" and begins at 11 a.m. in the Rangos Room. He plans to describe the model that is emerging for successful companies, like Fed-Ex, Wal-Mart and General Motors, in which the wall that separates business from technology is torn down.

Unlike the industrial-age model that preceded it, the culture of the information age stresses collaboration across departments, and calls on companies to share technology with their clients and partners, said Evans, who lives in Pittsburgh. "Any company that tries to perpetuate this notion of the two cultures, the two languages, the two ways of looking at the world, they will be destroyed. They have no way of competing in the 21st century." Evans said.

The Information Systems program is part of the Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It provides students with a broad liberal education along with training in the essential aspects of the design and implementation of information systems.

IS Day is open to IS students, faculty, staff and alumni. Members of the media who wish to attend or interview Evans in advance should contact Jonathan Potts at 412-268-6094.


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