International -- Editor's Memo
ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
From the days of mainframes in glass houses to the ever expanding Internet, BUSINESS WEEK has kept readers in the forefront of the Information Revolution. With a staff of six Information Processing editors in New York as well as a dozen specialists based in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Houston, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston, we have devoted more resources to covering computers, software, and telecommunications than any other general-interest business publication. These writers and editors, many of whom have reported on their industries for a decade or more, bring unmatched depth and sophistication to our coverage. They strive to tell readers not only what's new but also what's important and why--providing timely insights into how a development in technology or in the market will affect them as businesspeople, investors, and consumers.
That commitment continues to grow as companies from Taiwan to Texas expand and new companies and technologies bubble up around the globe. Increasingly, too, the magazine is showing readers how the Information Revolution is playing out in all sorts of businesses--whether it be speeding new products to market or getting in touch with customers across the World Wide Web.
Each week, we offer a wide variety of stories detailing the ups and downs of the major players, the latest technology trends, and the products and services that our readers will be choosing from. We also offer six special reports each year that evaluate industry trends on a global basis. These include a "Special Report on Telecommunications," an "Annual Shopping Guide," and an "Annual Report on Information Technology." In the first seven months of this year, we've also published seven cover stories that delve deeply into the digital revolution: Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu, Sony, Apple Computer, America Online, Acer, and Microsoft.
All this adds up to the most comprehensive source of information-technology news and analysis of any business publication. And BUSINESS WEEK has garnered the awards to prove it. Most recently, for example, "The Software Revolution," a Cover Story from last fall detailing how the Internet is rewriting the rules of the software industry, won the coveted U.S. Computer Press Assn. award for best feature story of 1995. The magazine has consistently been a finalist or a winner in this competition since its inception 11 years ago. That issue was also one of three that BUSINESS WEEK submitted for the National Magazine Award, which BUSINESS WEEK won in 1996 for the second time in three years.
As digital technology becomes a bigger part of the economy and assumes an even more important role in how we conduct business as well as how we inform and entertain ourselves, BUSINESS WEEK will be there to help readers stay on top of the Information Revolution.By Stephen B. Shepard, Editor-in-Chief