Welcome to ZATZ

Publishing. Innovation. Transformation.

Founded in 1998, ZATZ Publishing, a unit of Component Enterprises, Inc., was one of the first technology magazine publishers on the Internet. Over the course of 16 years, ZATZ reached millions of readers with news and articles focusing on IBM and Lotus IT, email and online safety, digital lifestyle, and photography. ZATZ also published world-changing books on improving White House IT security, reinvigorating America’s role in the global economy, and reinventing business.

Those books, in fact, led to a major transition. Despite having a pile of pompous titles and prestigious affiliations, in his heart ZATZ founder David Gewirtz is really just a project guy and a geek. After 16 years editing the ZATZ magazines, David and his wife, co-founder Denise Amrich, felt it was time for a change.

David now coordinates with teams, rather than manages them. He has students rather than employees. He has evolved from founder to advisor, publisher to columnist, and manager to professor. Denise is an RN, keeps the company’s finances, projects, and schedules on track, and does her best to keep power tools out of David’s hands.

Today, ZATZ is home to David’s ZATZ Labs projects, where he develops breakthrough technologies like the ZENPRESS enterprise content management system and the AI Editor, a dynamic content analysis and editing system based on innovative artificial intelligence algorithms and heuristics. David also adopts open-source WordPress plugins used in the ZATZ archive and maintains them here for the benefit of the WordPress community. You can follow his Lab Notes blog to see the nitty-gritty details of his project work. You can also follow his ZDNet DIY-IT blog for a big-picture look at some of David’s projects.

No discussion of ZATZ would be complete without acknowledging the contribution of the hundreds of authors who contributed to the ZATZ magazine, as well as the intrepid team of employees and contractors who brought every issue to life over the years. Thanks to everyone!

Photo credit: image of an envelope-folding machine used at Blythe House courtesy of Wikipedia.

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