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IDG's Computerworld Names CME Group to Annual List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology for Fourth Consecutive Year

Fri Jun 27 2008

CHICAGO, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced that it has been selected by IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals for the fourth consecutive year. This honor is part of the weekly IT publication's 15th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 30 issue and online at http://www.computerworld.com/. CME Group is the only financial exchange to receive this honor, and was also acknowledged for its commitment to career development and innovation.

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT" feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 30,000 IT workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

"This award is an acknowledgement of our team and the integral role technology plays in driving our business performance and future growth," said CME Group CEO Craig Donohue. "Our CME Globex electronic trading platform continues to provide access to the most diverse suite of benchmarks products available on any exchange, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen its industry leading reputation with the help of our talented team."

"We are extremely proud of our diverse and talented people in technology at the exchange and the important enhancements they are making to ensure that CME Globex continues to provide unsurpassed speed, reliability and scalability to our global client base," said CME Group President Phupinder Gill. "We remain focused on providing exceptional service to our customers and that starts with taking care of our employees."

Some of the factors that contributed to CME Group's recognition by Computerworld included the following:

  -- Electronic trading represents 81 percent of CME Group's total volume to
     date in 2008, versus only 15 percent in 2000.  In that same timeframe,
     average daily volume has grown more than twelve times over from 917,000
     to 12.4 million contracts traded;
  -- CME Group is the only financial exchange in the world that operates
     virtually 24 hours every trading day, which means every aspect of the
     exchange is driven or supported by technology; and,
  -- CME Globex offers global access to the widest range of benchmark
     products across all major asset classes -- a full range of commodity,
     economic event, energy and metal, equity index, foreign exchange,
     interest rate, real estate and weather products.  The exchange's
     technology team is charged with continuously enhancing the system's
     speed, reliability and scalability to support our ongoing growth and
     customer demand.  Recent upgrades to the CME Globex platform have
     reduced CME Globex response times by more than 50 percent, from an
     average of 31 milliseconds down to approximately 13.7 milliseconds.

"The competitive edge sought by the best and smartest companies is no longer information technology itself," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "After all, IT has permeated the business processes of almost every department of virtually every enterprise. The new competitive edge is finding and retaining the very best people to chart and implement your IT strategy."

To view the complete list of the Best Places to Work in IT, please visit the Computerworld Web site at http://www.computerworld.com/.

About CME Group

CME Group (http://www.cmegroup.com/) is the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange. Formed by the 2007 merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on its trading floors. CME Group offers the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, agricultural commodities, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ under the symbol "CME."

The Globe logo, CME, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME Group, Globex and E-mini, are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. CBOT and Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago. These trademarks are used herein under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group and its products can be found at http://www.cmegroup.com/.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site (http://www.computerworld.com/), 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). Computerworld leads the industry with a print audience of 1,252,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006) and an online audience of over 2 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com/.

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SOURCE: CME Group

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