More than 79 percent of business executives recently surveyed by IDC believe that information technology (IT) is important to a company's success. And more than 50 percent of these same business executives rated IT as absolutely mission critical. With over 58 percent of business executives further asserting that the importance of IT to their companies' success is increasing, the verdict is in: IT is indisputably fundamental to a company's achievement.

"On some levels, the survey confirms what IT professionals already know – that technology can provide businesses with a competitive advantage," said 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 percent of their time dealing with IT on a business level, leaving technology decisions up to the IT professionals is a thing of the past."

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