Businessmen start to understand IT

The moneymen, bean counters and number crunchers are finally beginning to understand the value of information technology as 79% of business executives surveyed by IDC believe IT is important to their company’s success.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 27, 2003

The moneymen, bean counters and number crunchers are finally beginning to understand the value of information technology. According to IDC, 79% of business executives believe that IT is important to a company’s success, while more than 50% of the same survey group rated IT as absolutely mission critical.

“On some levels, the survey confirms what IT professionals already know — that technology can provide businesses with a competitive advantage,” says John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC.

“What’s surprising is the broad acceptance of technology among non-IT professionals. With business executives spending an average of 26% of their time dealing with IT on a business level, leaving technology decisions up to the IT professionals is a thing of the past,” he adds.

Almost half the 280 business executives surveyed considered themselves a key part of the IT decision process. Additionally, over 30% of these executives claimed that their level of influence in IT decisions is increasing.

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