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Siemens Medical Solutions' Michael Long Recognized as one of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders

Recognized by IDG's Computerworld for Excellence in Information Technology


MALVERN, Pa., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Michael Long, senior vice president, Global Services, Siemens Medical Solutions ( Health Services division, has been recognized as an honoree of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders Program.

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The Premier 100 honors executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving pressing business problems and demonstrate the ability to foster creativity and challenging work environments, envision fresh approaches to business challenges and effectively manage IT investments. This year's honorees were selected from nearly 800 nominees, who were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations, and evaluated by the editors and by a panel of outside judges.

"This year's class of Honorees is characterized by a diversity that demonstrates the value of unique backgrounds and approaches in building an outstanding IT organization. Yet what these individuals have in common is an expertise born of hard work and an intangible leadership quality they can tap to successfully champion IT not only as a business enabler, but as a business influencer," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief, Computerworld. "The professionals honored in Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders Awards Program, and by extension the organizations they represent, are clearly mindful of their role and obligation as leaders of the global IT community. Their willingness to brave the scrutiny of the limelight as they share their experiences with their peers has won our respect, appreciation, and deep admiration."

With more than twenty years of healthcare IT expertise, Michael currently oversees one of the largest dedicated Professional Services organizations within healthcare IT. His team provides a broad portfolio of services across the entire healthcare value chain, which includes consulting and education services that enable customers to optimize IT investments, managed services so customers can focus on their core business, as well as customer service offerings and rapid, 24x7 response that addresses business needs.

Additionally, he is responsible for the management of Siemens Information Systems Center (ISC), the healthcare industry's most sophisticated network operations center for the remote hosting of applications. The ISC leverages IT automation to process 165 million healthcare transactions daily. Michael and his team continue to capitalize on server and storage virtualization solutions with Siemens' key business partners.

"Mike is known for his passion to collaborate and ability to foster a spirit of partnership at all times -- within Siemens, and with customers and business partners," said Janet Dillione, president, Health Services, the Healthcare IT Division of Siemens Medical Solutions. "Mike's expertise and leadership in the healthcare IT services realm continues to drive sustained operational improvements for our customers, which has helped to make Siemens the partner of choice for multiple leading healthcare facilities."

The 2008 honorees will be recognized, with many presenting their success strategies, at Computerworld's upcoming Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference held March 9-11, 2008, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The complete class of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2008 appears online at and in the Dec. 10, 2007, issue of Computerworld ( In addition to the class roster, a special report highlights the challenges IT leaders expect to face in the coming year, including developing their staff's skills, mapping current IT initiatives with the top priorities of their CEOs and driving innovation.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief Don Tennant received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About Siemens Medical Solutions

Siemens Medical Solutions is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Medical Solutions will be the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. The company delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Siemens Medical Solutions employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. According to IFRS, in the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of euro 9.85 billion, orders of euro 10.27 billion, and group profit of euro 1.32 billion (preliminary figures, unaudited). Further information can be found by visiting

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