Less than half of UK CIOs sit on their company's board of directors, according to research.
The survey of CIOs, senior IT managers and department heads across 500 European business found that just 48% of UK CIOs sit on the board.
Instead CIOs are usually brought into the strategic process once decisions about the business have already been made, found the study.
In most cases, 35%, strategies are worked out by the board, and then IT is brought in to deliver. Only 13% of cases business strategies are signed off if IT has committed.
The survey revealed an information gap in the enterprise, which is slowing down businesses' ability to drive change and innovation. Although 77% said their businesses required realtime data, only 33% were able to provide it when required.
Sixty six percent of respondents said business opportunities had been lost due to lack of communication between the business unit and IT.
"Without optimum visibility of real time market data, businesses are unable to respond to market conditions fast enough," said Ruediger Spies, analyst at IDC.
"They may miss out upon growth opportunities, or increase their exposure to risk through non-compliance or being unable to withdraw from difficult market conditions.”
The survey was carried out by infrastructure vendor Progress Software.
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