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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.

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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