Sunday, January 07, 2007

5 CTO Patterns vs. 4 CIO Archetypes

In several journal articles and blog entries I have presented 5 major patterns of the CTO position (see paper:

The 2007 survey of CIOs by CIO Magazine created a similar set of classifications for that position. In many ways, their results line up very well with the 5 Patterns of the CTO.

4 Archetypes of the CIO

  1. Business Leader. Priorities are aligning IT and business goals.
  2. Operational Expert. Primary mission is to cut costs.
  3. Innovator. Focus on ITs ability to drive new business initiatives.
  4. Turnaround Specialist. Risk-taking agent of change.

Read the CIO archetype profiles at:


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