Seven information technology leaders at Georgia-based firms cracked IDG Computerworld’s elite ‘Premier 100 IT Leaders’ list, including David Barnes of UPS who made the top 10.

Barnes, who is vice president of UPS Information Services in Atlanta, was cited as a “good leader”, one reason being “he lets business drive technology, not the other way around,” the magazine said in its new issue. The 100 IT leader list was announced on Monday.

Barnes is overseeing implementation of UPS’s package flow technologies software, hardware and process. Computerworld said the system will be used by 10,000 employees at more than 1,000 sites and save UPS $600 million a year when implemented by 2007.

“Any project of this scale is a challenge,” Barnestold the magazine. “I think we did a really good job as a team, taking a vision, breaking it down into manageable steps, transitioning the vision into action, selling that vision out to our operating units and building a technology by working with our technology vendors — and delivering it on time.”

Also named to the list were:

  • Shirley Walton Bridges, senior vice president, Delta Technology Inc., Atlanta

  • Barry P. Cohen, vice president of applications management, Wells Real Estate Funds, Duluth, Ga.

  • James Lee Hunter, vice president of information technology services, Southwire Co., Carrollton, Ga.

  • James D. Lester III, senior vice president and CIO, AFLAC, Columbus, Ga.

  • John R. Miles, vice president, global head of client systems and services, Lend Lease Corp., Atlanta

  • Calvin S. Sihilling, executive vice president and CIO, AmeriCold Logistics LLC, Atlanta
  • No North or South Carolina IT leaders made the list, which is in its sixth year.

    More than 600 people were nominated. Final selections were made by Computerworld editors and a panel of outside judges.

    In a poll of the winners, the 100 cited security, storage and wireless among the “most critical technologies” in 2005.

    Also, more than 75 eprcent said computer system integration and data analytics projects were top priorities.

    As the economy rebounded in 2004, 50 percent of the 100 list said they had increased IT staffs and budgets.

    Key business objectives include:

  • Productivity improvement

  • Increased innovation in products and services

  • Overall company growth
  • Top technology initiatives include:

  • Deploying wireless and mobile technologies for use by both workers and customers

  • Expanding computer systems to accommodate new global markets

  • Refining use of customer and other data using business intelligence and analytic tools.
  • “Our Premier 100 list honors those who have kept fighting despite the many obstacles that technology has thrown at them this year.” said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld, in a statement. “This group of men and women have proven themselves through all facets of business, including some of the toughest challenges, such as cultural hurdles, language barriers, corporate politics, internal/external communication, and maintaining fresh, creative ideas. They think out of the box and do not cower away from difficult projects; rather, they embrace the struggle while foreseeing the opportunities it can bring in the future.”

    The winners will be honored at Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference on March 6-8 in Scottsdale, AZ.

    For the complete list, see: www.computerworld.com/p1002005+target