Historically, influence and decision making inside of the enterprise was concentrated heavily among senior management. This was based primarily on two factors:
1. Access to and publication of information, itself, was concentrated among more senior managers
2. The cost and implementation of on-premises software favored centralized purchasing and mandated IT involvement.
That logic is now outdated. The cost of creating, disseminating and consuming information has reduced to near zero, so more content is being created. Simultaneously, social media platforms, MOOCs, and the proliferation of professional blogs make it nearly effortless for professionals at all levels to stay abreast of current trends and connect with and learn from a wide variety of experienced professionals.