In today’s fast growing business environment, a company would inevitably find the need to grow in terms of technological advancement. However, the chief executive (CEO) may not always have the time to diligently review technology choices, nor implement these plans for innovation. And while a Chief Information Officer should have an adequate overview of the company’s information systems, he may not have the time nor training to focus on these.
Company formation and business solutions experts believe that it pays to have a dedicated Chief Technology Officer who can properly review technology choices and make the needed recommendations for decisions and implementation plans.
There are four types of ideal CTOs, according to Managing Information Systems magazine, and these are as follows.
- The Pilot. This type of CTO is usually a hands-on manager, able to process required decision inputs, and implement the required actions himself.
- The Shaman. This CTO is influential, and is able to use this influence to ensure that the technology-related plans and goals of the company are attained, from top-level down.
- The Professor. This CTO type is mainly interested with academic exploration rather than implementation. He is devoted to research and analysis, and leaves the deciding to the chief executive.
- The Commando. This CTO type is concerned with end-user experience, and will do anything to ensure that client needs are met. To him, the end justifies the means.
No matter what type of technology officer type an enterprise may prefer, it’s good to be ahead of the pack in terms of being able to manage technology well.