James W. Cortada

James W. Cortada has held a variety of sales, consulting, management, and executive positions at IBM over the past 27 years. He is the author of over two dozen books and over a 100 articles on the management and history of information technology, and is a leading authority on the contemporary role of information in American society. He has a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in modern history and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He can be reached at jwcorta@us.ibm.com.

Edward Wakin

JAMES W. CORTADA, an Executive at IBM, is a leading authority on the use, management, and history of information technology. His most recent books include 21st Century Business: Managing and Working in the New Digital Economy; Into the Network Age: How IBM and Other Companies Are Getting There Now; The Rise of the Knowledge Worker; and Making the Information Society: Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities (Prentice Hall PTR).

Together with Professor Alfred D. Chandler, Cortada edited A Nation Transformed: How Information Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present. He is Chairman of the Charles Babbage Foundation at the University of Minnesota, and holds a Ph.D. in modern history from Florida State University.

EDWARD WAKIN, professor of communications at Fordham University, has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and scores of magazine articles on social and business issues. His "Professional Edge" column was awarded first place in its category by the American Society of Business Press Editors in 1998. A past winner of the George Polk award "for distinguished achievements in journalism," he has served as education editor for WCBS-TV News and as an editor at The Wall Street Journal and the New York World Telegram. He has earned graduate degrees from Northwestern and Columbia Universities and a Ph.D. from Fordham University in sociology.