Computer week

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Computer week
description German weekly newspaper for CIOs and IT managers
Area of ​​Expertise IT, telecommunications, electronics
language German
publishing company IDG Business Media GmbH , Munich
First edition October 9, 1974
Frequency of publication weekly, Monday
Sold edition 4,357 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Widespread edition 4490 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Editor-in-chief Heinrich Vaske
executive Director York from Heimburg
Web link
Article archive since 1974
ZDB 519907-4

The Computerwoche is a German weekly newspaper for CIOs and IT managers . It has been on the market since 1974 and is mainly sold by subscription. The newspaper belongs to the IT specialist publisher International Data Group (IDG), whose German branch and the editorial team of Computerwoche are based in Munich. The editor-in-chief is currently Heinrich Vaske.

The Computer Week wants to represent technological trends and economic situation of manufacturers so that IT managers so a handle for her, especially in medium and large enterprises investment plans received. In addition, there are analyzes , user reports, industry news, project reports, personal details and current reports from the world of IT.

In 2009, the Computerwoche website was recognized by the Association of the German Trade Press as the best online specialist medium in the IT / Telecommunications / Electronics category.

International counterparts

The American magazine Computerworld appeared for the first time in 1967. Over time, the International Data Group has founded branches in a total of 46 countries with different publication times, some of which only appear digitally . The IDG website lists these print and digital media including their links.


The first edition of Computerwoche appeared on Wednesday, October 9th, 1974 with the subtitle The current weekly newspaper for the computer world . For the second edition, the editors and publishers, which at that time were still called Computerworld GmbH , needed a full three weeks. From the third edition, which appeared two weeks later on November 13, there was a uniform structure that was retained for the next few years. The news, a topic of the week, an editorial (later column), guest commentary and letters to the editor were followed by the respective sections software , hardware , communications , IT careers and industry (later renamed as business). The newspaper format was initially based on the appearance of daily newspapers at 445 × 315 millimeters. Up until September 1989, a data tape reel and a globe were depicted in the upper left corner. From the fourth edition, which appeared on November 27, the journal was then distributed weekly.

With issue 40/1975 there was a change to a smaller format of 390 × 268 millimeters. The layout of all the pages had to on pages 5 to 7, from now on four columns each with 62 millimeters in width. Further small adjustments will follow later. About a year after the first edition was published, Computerwoche had an average of 60 pages. The printing was initially carried out using lead printing plates . From 1978 onwards, text capture devices from Linotype were available to the publisher. Editors had to write their texts on a ball-head machine , which was then typed and saved on verbatim tapes . The phototypesetting successes from now on directly on site. Employees glue the pages together according to the layout specifications, which were then checked up to four times before the editorial team gave its approval. From 1981 the computer week was completely produced in-house right up to the finished print template.

Due to criticism of the layout from the editorial team and the publishing house, plans were made to redesign the building in mid-1986. In February 1989 the zero number was created with the future layout. On September 29, 1989, issue 40/1989 with the new layout appeared in time for the Systems computer fair . The magazine now had 148 pages and was printed in the format 381 × 280 millimeters. A two-column colored graphic was shown on the title page. A changeover to desktop publishing (DTP) took place in autumn 1993 with issue 38/1993. Previously, some Macintosh Quadra with the QuarkXPress program were purchased and employees retrained. From issue 10/1994, which appeared for the CeBIT fair, a press review was added and the news section, opinion pages and categories were given more color.

Circulation statistics

After a steady increase in the number of copies sold to 48,281 copies in the 1st quarter of 2005, a scandal broke out. At the beginning of July 2005, IDG- Verlag reported the IVW figures for the 2nd quarter of 2005. The IVW, an institute that is responsible for checking the circulation of media, announced a follow-up check because a significantly lower share of subscriptions was reported. On July 8, 2005, Computerwoche withdrew from the IVW with immediate effect, making the IVW control, which would have led to the exclusion, superfluous. The computer week was from then on her about half as high circulation of one auditor attest. In the third quarter of 2005, Computerwoche sold a total of 28,306 copies, and 54,742 copies were distributed. These figures were certified by the auditing company Deloitte according to the criteria customary in the industry.

Since 2007 the computer week has been back in the IVW.

Number of issues distributed monthly

Number of subscriptions sold each month

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Fachmedien-Sieger 2009 from Deutsche Fachpresse
  2. International Computerworld brands from International Data Group
  3. a b c 20 years of computer week . Special edition for the 20th anniversary. 1994, ISSN 0170-5121 .