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What Annual Activities does a CTO do?
September 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm #141578
I’m curious what the annual planning cycle looks like for a CTO? Do they create a separate IT strategic plan or coordinate with CIO? What other annual activities should they do to set strategic tech vision?
September 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm #141588
I like seeing CTOs build a technology forecast and then use that to deduce conclusions relevant for planning. It is also good when CTOs gather together for exchange of ideas. The great DISA CTO Dawn Meyerriecks was so good at that she ended up hosting a conference for all federal CTOs. It really helped the entire community out.
September 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm #141586
It depends on the role(s), responsibilities, and goals of the CTO position. If the CTO position is to advance technology capabilities for the organization then there should exist a strategy-oriented document to guide the priorities and activities of the CTO and their team. Regardless of whether the CTO and CIO perform separate and independent functions, the strategic-oriented document for their area(s) should explicitly and demonstrably support the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
September 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #141584
Bob – Is there a publicly available forecast? Curious of what it looked like…
October 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm #141582
Geoffery W. SeaverParticipant
If you are looking for a well done STEPe Analysis, check out the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends publications at http://www.dni.gov/nic/NIC_home.html.
These publications have a section on technology trends and discuss information technology.
Gartner’s “hype-cycle” can be a useful tool to help CIOs and CTOs think about information technology trends.
October 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm #141580
As the first CTO for Utah, my activities may be slightly different than some because I was able to somewhat define the position relative to my interests. As far as annual activities here are a few that I initiate or participate in:
- Annual innovation session – this is where we get together offsite and discuss a far-reaching range of innovations and how they relate to what we are doing in government. We put dozens, maybe even hundreds of ideas on the table and select a number of them to do during the coming year. We particularly emphasize digital government / egov.
- Annual IT Strategic Plan – This is where we set strategic direction for the technology operations of the state.
- Annual IT Plan – Fairly lengthy process where we identify all the technology projects needed to support the business initiatives of state agencies. Results in a 500-1000 page document that details the specific plans for every project including the support functions that will be needed, security, budget, etc.
- Annual egovernment plan – This plan details where we are headed with egovernment and is updated each year to cover the next 3-4 year period.
- Operational Plan – This is the plan that details the objectives of the CTO / eGov Office and the metrics that we will achieve to show that we have accomplished what it is that we set out to do.
- Accomplishments Report – We complete this at the end of each year to identify what we have accomplished as well as anything we didn’t accomplish.
I coordinate with the CIO and COO during this process and throughout the year. Several of these activities are initiated by the CIO and a couple of them by my office.
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