Paul Strassmann is president of The Information Economics Press, Senior Advisor to the Science Applications International Corporation, and Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences, George Mason School of Information Technology and Engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Board of Directors of Meta Software corporation. After serving as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Strassmann was appointed in 1990 to a newly created position of Director of Defense Information. In 1993, he received the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department's highest civilian recognition. In 1997, he was named as one of the twelve most influential Chief Information Officers of the last decade by the CIO magazine. In 2002, he was recalled to government service as the Acting Chief Information Officer of the National Aerospace and Space Administration, with responsibility and accountability for the computing and telecommunication information infrastructure. In 2003, he retired from government service after receiving the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for improving IT architecture, security, and services. Since his retirement, Mr. Strassmann has worked as an author, lecturer, and consultant for firms such as AT&T, Citicorp, Digital Equipment, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, ING, SAIC, Shell Oil, Sun Microsystems, and Texas Instruments. He has written over 250 articles on information management and information worker productivity. His globally syndicated monthly columns about IT investments have appeared in Computerworld magazine since 1994. His six books include Information Payoff-The Transformation of Work in the Electronic Age, The Business Value of Computers, and The Politics of Information Management. His 1997 book, The Squandered Computer, offers specific recommendations on how to obtain better value from investments in information technologies and was Amazon.com's #1 best selling book on information management in 1998. Mr. Strassmann's latest book is Information Productivity - Assessing the Information Management Costs of U.S. Industrial Corporations.
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