You probably see information technology (IT) surveys reported in the press every week, but how often do you think about their origins? The big question to ask is: Who is behind the survey? In particular, was it sponsored by a vendor, as most are?

It is difficult and expensive to undertake an in- depth survey of a large sample without vendor sponsorship. For these reasons, you must always consider the sample size and whether the questions were designed to tell a particular story. You must also consider how the results were interpreted. For example, were inconvenient results suppressed?

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