Cover for Volume 45, Issue 14 (August 8, 2011)
Computerworld cover for Volume 45, Issue 14, August 8, 2011
Executive EditorKen Mingis[1]
CategoriesComputer magazine
FrequencyMonthly (digital)[2]
PublisherJohn Amato[3]
Total circulation
(December 2012)
FounderPatrick Joseph McGovern
Founded1967 (1967)
First issueJune 21, 1967; 57 years ago (1967-06-21)
(an introductory issue called v. 1, no. 0 issued June 14, 1967)[5][6]
Final issueJune 23, 2014 (2014-06-23) (print)[2]
CountryUnited States
Based inFramingham, Mass.
LanguageEnglish Edit this at Wikidata

Computerworld (abbreviated as CW) is an ongoing[7] decades-old professional publication which in 2014 "went digital."[2] Its audience is information technology (IT) and business technology professionals,[8] and is available via a publication website and as a digital magazine.

As a printed weekly during the 1970s and into the 1980s, Computerworld was the leading trade publication in the data processing industry.[9][10] Based on circulation and revenue it was one of the most successful trade publications in any industry.[9] Later in the 1980s it began to lose its dominant position.[10]

It is published in many countries around the world under the same or similar names. Each country's version of Computerworld includes original content and is managed independently. The parent company of Computerworld US is IDG Communications.


The publication was launched in 1967 by International Data Group in Boston, whose founder was Patrick J. McGovern.[11][12]

Going international

The company IDG offers the brand "Computerworld" in 47 countries worldwide, the name and frequency differ slightly though.[13] When IDG established the Swedish edition in 1983 i.e., the title "Computerworld" was already registered in Sweden by another publisher. This is why the Swedish edition is named Computer Sweden [sv]. The corresponding German publication is called Computerwoche (which translates to "computer week") instead.

Computerworld was distributed as a morning newspaper in tabloid format (41 cm) in 51,000 copies (2007) with an estimated 120,000 readers. From 1999 to 2008, it was published three days a week, but since 2009, it was published only on Tuesdays and Fridays.[14][15][16]

Going digital

In June 2014, Computerworld US abandoned its print edition, becoming an exclusively digital publication.[2] In July 2014, the publisher started the monthly Computerworld Digital Magazine. In 2017 it published features and stories highlighting the magazine's history on the fiftieth anniversary.[17]

Computerworld's website first appeared in 1996.[18]


Computerworld US serves IT and business management with coverage of information technology,[19] emerging technologies and analysis of technology trends.[20] Computerworld also publishes several notable special reports each year, including the 100 Best Places to Work in IT,[7] IT Salary Survey, the DATA+ Editors' Choice Awards and the annual Forecast research report. Computerworld in the past has published stories that highlight the effects of immigration to the U.S. (e.g. the H-1B visa) on software engineers.[21][22]


The executive editor of Computerworld in the U.S. is Ken Mingis, who leads a small staff of editors, writers and freelancers who cover a variety of enterprise IT topics (with a concentration on Windows, Mobile and Apple/Enterprise).[23]

See also


  1. ^ "About us".
  2. ^ a b c d "Scot Finnie: The continuing evolution of Computerworld". June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "John Amato: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg News.
  4. ^ "Computerworld Business Publication Circulation Statement". BPA Worldwide. December 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Slide show: Memorable Computerworld Front Pages". Computerworld. July 9, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Computerworld Names International Paper to 2018 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT". The New York Times. August 26, 2018. Archived from the original on December 3, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Computerworld's 2015 forecast predicts security cloud computing and analytics will lead IT spending". Forbes. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Endres, Kathleen L., ed. (1994). Trade, Industrial, and Professional Periodicals of the United States. Greenwood Press. p. 146.
  10. ^ a b Chief Executive Magazine. No. 55. 1990. p. 49. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "ComputerWorld – First Issue". (Computer History Museum). Description. Black and White reproduction of first issue of Computerworld newsweekly. June 21, 1967 25 cents.
  12. ^ Johnson, Maryfran (September 30, 2002). "Computerworld's Founder Looks Back on 35 Years". Computerworld. Retrieved April 25, 2023.
  13. ^ International brands of Computerworld International Data Group
  14. ^ "Computer Sweden". LIBRIS. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  15. ^ "Så gör vi om CS". Computer Sweden. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  16. ^ "Mediefakta: sök mediefakta – – Computer Sweden". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  17. ^ "Get CW's new monthly digital magazine". Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  18. ^ Russel Brown (October 22, 2014). "The early days of the internet, 1990s". 1996: Computerworld became the first print newspaper to hire dedicated online editorial staff
  19. ^ Robert McMillan (September 15, 2009). "New York Times tricked into serving scareware ad". Scammers tricked the New York Times' Digital Advertising department into ... the company confirmed Monday.
  20. ^ "Cloud Computing Skills Pay The Most According To Computerworld". Forbes. April 30, 2017.
  21. ^ "IT workers' voices heard in the Senate, confidentially -- Senate Judiciary Committee debates the H-1B visa and worker displacement". March 17, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  22. ^ "'Elena's Inbox' details H-1B battle in Clinton White House -- Memos to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan from Clinton administration opens door to battle over H-1B visa in critical year". July 2, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  23. ^ "Computerworld Editorial Beats/Contacts". IDG Enterprise. Retrieved September 12, 2014.

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