Gartner Research

Business and IT Leaders Want CTOs to Focus on Innovation

Published: 25 October 2016

ID: G00315796

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton


Developments in technology and the increasing importance of digital strategy put an increasing focus on innovation in the IT organization. Our survey shows CTOs and IT organizations see an opportunity to evolve the CTO role to focus more on technology-enabled business innovation.

Table Of Contents


  • Types of CTO Roles by Scope and Focus
  • The Majority of CTOs Today Focus on Operations
  • CTOs Focused on Innovation Meet Organizations' Needs More Fully
  • Organizations Aspire to Have CTOs Focus More on Technology-Enabled Business Innovation
  • Organizations That Recognize the Need to Change Are Overwhelmingly Focused on Innovation
  • Peer Advice for CTOs
  • Gartner Advice to CTOs

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