Do you really still need both a CIO and CTO?

Enterprise technology and the people who govern it have changed beyond recognition, which can lead to an overlapping of roles between the chief information officer and chief technology officer. 

Once seen as the custodians of IT and confined to the datacentre, technology chiefs are now at the forefront of modern business operations. And in this era of continuous digital transformation, a new battle for power, between the chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO), has moved centre stage.

The business no longer needs a traditional IT director. The consumerisation of enterprise technology during the past decade means employees can use the cloud to buy their own technical solutions to their business challenges, with or without the say-so of the IT chief.

Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of organisations now allow technology to be managed outside the IT department, according to research from recruiter Harvey Nash and consultants KPMG. This decentralisation means the business needs a new kind of IT leader, but in the battle of CIO versus CTO, who is best suited to meet this requirement?

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