Information Technology Decision Makers Track News at Surprisingly High Rate

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Thanks to a recent Harris poll, the old stereotype of the information technology decision maker who is locked in a server room, focusing only on the latest and greatest technology, has been disproven yet again. While only 13 percent of Americans are self-identified “news junkies,” 36 percent of CIOs and other high-level IT leaders are. On the other end of the extreme, while 14 percent of Americans have little interest in current events, only 5 percent of IT leaders do.

CIOs and other IT executives do access their news differently from the rest of the country, though. About 45 percent of them prefer getting it on a computer, compared to 27 percent of Americans. While only five percent of Americans turn to their tablets for news, 12 percent of IT decision-makers do. They’re also more likely to use their mobile devices.

In a way, the interest of IT executives in the news is not too surprising. The days when information technology was an ivory-tower operation, separated from from the business world, are long gone. Today’s IT decision makers are very much in the real world. Whether they are supporting their users’ latest and greatest toys through BYOD (bring your own device) programs, increasing the customer focus of their business, or using big data initiatives to increase business intelligence, IT decision makers have shifted roles from technology managers to information managers.