I agree that two roles (CIO and CTO) are needed in this scenario. My background and understanding was always that the CIO was as the email response said, someone who sits at the highest level of the organization. My experience has also been that the CTO reports to the CIO and has a very different job role/function. Simply stated, the CIO is responsible for all forms of IT and data and how they affect the company. This differs from the CTO’s role of externally facing IT and data. It’s all very confusing, and each agency/company does it differently making it even more difficult to discern and decide.
Great question that raises some interesting thoughts!
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