Are you the head of IT at an organization? Do you want to share your opinions on the biggest tech issues of the day? We’d like to invite you to become a part of TechRepublic’s CIO Jury–a low-touch way to increase your influence in the tech industry.

Here’s how it works: Once a month, you would receive an email with a Yes or No question about one of the most important issues in tech. The question will be posted in the subject line of the message, and all you have to do is reply Yes or No–although you can also add comments. It only takes a moment to respond.

TechRepublic sends the same question to all of its CIO Jury participants at the same time, and the first 12 respondents to the message make up the “jury.” The leaders who respond with comments also get the opportunity to be quoted in a news story about the topic in question. These CIO Jury articles are used to inform business decision makers about the critical trends in the field.

The specific votes are not listed. We publish the overall vote (e.g. 8 to 4 in favor or against) and we list the CIOs who made up the jury for the question. Here’s an example of an old favorite that was even picked up by our sister site ZDNet.

All in all, this is a very easy way to be featured in a news story on your own terms.

Criteria for joining the CIO Jury

TechRepublic is looking to expand our core group of IT leaders who serve on the CIO Jury. Here are the basic qualifications we’re looking for:

  • Must be the head of an IT department and control an IT budget
  • Title does not have to be CIO; it can be CTO, IT director, vice president of IT, etc.
  • Can work in the public or private sector

Here are the factors that disqualify IT leaders from participating:

  • Can’t work for an IT vendor (IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, etc.)
  • Can’t be a one-person IT department

If you meet the criteria and are interested in participating in the CIO Jury, please click the “Contact” link below, and send your name, title, company, location, and email address. You can also email me, at alison dot rayome at