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CTO Reporting Structure and Relationships Will Change for Many Organizations

Published: 25 October 2016

ID: G00315759

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton , Ansgar Schulte


In the digital age, many traditional IT roles and reporting structures are changing to balance support for both operations and innovations. CTOs must consciously refine and redefine their role structure and engagement to help CIOs and business leaders achieve this balance.

Table Of Contents


  • Finding 1: Most End-User CTOs Report to a CIO
  • Finding 2: CTOs Most Often Work as a Partner of the CIO
  • Finding 3: CTOs Have EA and Infrastructure and Operations Teams Reporting to Them
  • Finding 4: The CTO Role Will Change for Many

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