A perenially popular -- and evidently unanswerable -- question regarding IT and business alignment is how big a role a company's board of directors should play in its technology strategy.
Like the "to whom does the CIO report" question, it's often interpreted as a barometer of the importance of tech at a given company.
Based on the results of a survey featured in this Datamation article, technology doesn't appear to be a major concern for most boards.
Just 19 percent of respondents said their boards were "routinely" informed of technology developments. Thirty-seven percent of companies told boards about major tech projects, while 29 percent of companies only kept boards in the loop for "special" projects.
Technology committees or subcommittees and board members with tech experience are also a rarity in the boardroom, according to the survey.
And, in a variant of the "to whom does the CIO report to" question, just 20 percent of companies regularly ask their CIOs to sit in on board meetings.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Mercury Interactive Corp. CIO Cecilia Claudio calls her board members "key business partners" and says that their sponsorship of tech projects is a key way to ensure business buy-in.