CIO was founded in 1987 in Framingham, Massachusetts, to serve executives and technology decision makers in the information technology field and the burgeoning role of Chief Information Officer. The publication, created as part of Boston-based International Data Group's enterprise publications business, was built to deliver CIO-focused news, features and commentary on emerging technologies and products, industry trends and research, innovation in the tech industry, and legal and regulatory implications of technology.

The CIO portfolio currently includes CIO Magazine and, as well as CIO Executive Programs, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research. Serving CIOs and other IT leaders,, CIO magazine, CIO Executive Programs, CIO Custom Solutions Group and the CIO Executive Council are produced by IDG Enterprise, a business unit of IDG.

CIO Magazine

The monthly magazine was started in 1987, when the CIO title was new and relatively unknown in corporate America. Today, CIOs direct IT strategy and direction as well as more tactical technology operations at Fortune 1000 companies. They have to be fluent in technology and business issues, and they work closely with other company leaders in various business functions. The magazine has a qualified circulation of 140,000 readers, most of whom are CIOs and senior IT leaders.

On October 29, 2015, editor-in-chief Maryfran Johnson announced that the print magazine had ceased publication. [2]

In 1996, the website was launched as a companion to the magazine and over the last 19 years has grown into a destination site for technology leaders, managers and tech enthusiasts of all levels looking to find engaging articles, news and reviews focused on the challenges facing today's IT leaders.


CIO has received industry recognition and numerous awards for both its print and online journalism. With more than 20 years of experience and more than 170 awards, CIO magazine and remain media leaders within the tech industry.

2015 Azbee Awards[3]

Top Ten Websites of the Year
Best Use of Social Media
New or Relaunched Website
Online Product Review
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Magazine of the Year Top Ten Finalist Feature Article Design
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