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It's a new year and a new beginning for SearchCIO-Midmarket.com. We have an entirely new editorial staff that's pumped to bring you the best in IT coverage.

I have a new job. I'm now the editor of SearchCIO-MidMarket.com. I was most recently the senior director of news for both SearchCIO.com and SearchSMB.com. I won't bore you with the details, just suffice it to say it was all about aligning with our readership and leveraging my talents. But what you do want to know is what's in it for you.

It means you have an entirely new team of writers, editors and experts working to deliver reliable, cutting-edge, thought-provoking and just downright useful information for midmarket CIOs. It also means we will be focusing squarely on giving you what you need to be the best CIO you can be.

We'll get to talk to more of you, understand your day-to-day issues and keep closer tabs on technology and trends that directly affect you and your business. Hopefully, we'll have some fun, too. We're adding more blogs, columns, interactive surveys and podcasts and even videos. We'll be out on the street more and delivering what we hear right to you. And, because we're hoping to make this site as interactive as possible, we're on the lookout for CIOs who want to write (a blog perhaps?). If you're interested, let us know. I have a Facebook page, too, if you want to contact me there.

Let me introduce our new team:

Brian Kraemer joins SearchCIO-Midmarket.com as associate editor. Brian will be working to bring the site to the next level with podcasts, videos and special projects. Brian says he is eager to work for a team that is creative and wants to build on new ideas. I worked with Brian when I was the editor of SearchDataCenter.com, where he proved himself invaluable. He cut his teeth as the associate editor of Today's Facility Manager magazine. This is the guy you want to go to if you have questions about tips, podcasts and any special projects.

Zach Church is the news writer on SearchCIO-MidMarket.com. Zach comes to us from the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, where he worked as a reporter focusing his efforts on breaking news and investigative pieces. Filing an average of four stories a day for the paper and learning tough topics on the fly (he covered the bankruptcy of fleecemaker Malden Mills and had to learn everything about that process practically overnight, writing a series of stories as events unfolded), Zach will undoubtedly get up to speed on midmarket technology issues in record time. Zach has won numerous professional honors, including first place for investigative reporting by the New England Associated Press News Executive Association in 2007. He is also an Eagle Scout. Enough said.

Some of the columnists you knew from CIO Decisions will continue to write for us on a more regular basis. Niel Nickoliasen, aka The Real Niel, is a veteran CIO who doles out practical advice with humor and wit. You can check out his most recent column here.

We also have Jean Fuller, who will be writing a regular column on careers and will continue to offer pointers using real-world experiences that you can apply to your own career roadmap. Veteran columnist Joel Dubin, who loves to shock us with anecdotal tales from his years of experience as a security expert, will be writing a monthly column, on yes, security.

Jim Connolly, an industry veteran (he's been around forever and has the wisdom to prove it), will be tackling a number of topical issues for us, including ERP and green computing. I worked with Jim years ago and I have to say, I am thrilled to be back working with him again. And two faves are back: Mike Ybarra is writing a regular column on CIOs and their toughest technology issues, and legal eagle Matt Karyln has his monthly column on compliance.

We can't promise to be on the mark all the time, but we pledge that we will do our best to get it right. We encourage you to let us know what hits the mark, what misses and what we're just totally not getting (it's OK, we've got thick skin.) And if there's something you think we should address, you've got to let us know. We're listening.

Keep me posted,
Kate Evans-Correia

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