Gartner Research

The Many Flavors of the CTO Role

Published: 19 September 2012

ID: G00238323

Analyst(s): Dave Aron , Mark Raskino


CTO roles vary. Just ensure that yours is clear, and that the roles that the CTO commonly covers are taken care of in your enterprise.

Table Of Contents


  • High-Technology Industry CTO Roles
    • No. 1 — CTO = Chief Operational Technology Officer
    • No. 2 — CTO = Chief Scientist
  • Universal CTO Roles
    • No. 3 — CTO = Chief Operating Officer of IT
    • No. 4 — CTO = Chief IT R&D Officer
    • No. 5 — CTO = Über-Architect
    • No. 6 — CTO = Head of the Office of the CIO (OOCIO)
  • Summary and Recommendations

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