Businesses have options for technology leadership positions

June 26, 2024


To say that technology continues to affect how businesses operate and interact with customers and prospects would be an understatement. According to the Business Software Market Size report issued by market researchers Mordor Intelligence, the global market size for commercial software is projected to reach $650 million this year and $1.10 trillion by 2029. And that’s just software. Companies must also contend with technological issues such as hardware, skilled labor, strategy and cybersecurity.

Just one of the resulting demands that this pressure is putting on businesses is a keen need for tech leadership. If your company has grown to the point where it could use an executive-level employee with specialized knowledge of and laser focus on technology issues, you have plenty of options.

Positions to consider Here are some of the most widely used position titles for technology executives: Chief Information Officer (CIO). This person is typically responsible for managing a company’s internal IT infrastructure and operations. In fact, an easy way to remember the purpose of this position is to replace the word “Information” with “Internal.” A CIO’s job is to oversee the purchase, implementation and proper use of technological systems and products that will maximize the efficiency and productivity of the business. Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In contrast to a CIO, a CTO focuses on external processes — specifically with customers and vendors.

This person usually oversees the development and eventual production of technological products or services that will meet customer needs and increase revenue. The position demands the ability to live on the cutting edge by doing constant research into tech trends while also being highly collaborative with employees and vendors. Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

For some companies, the CIO and/or CTO are so busy with their respective job duties that they’re unable to look very far ahead. This is where a CDO typically comes into play.

The primary purpose of this position is to spot new markets, channels or even business models that the company can target, explore and perhaps eventually profit from. So, while a CIO looks internally and a CTO looks externally, a CDO’s gaze is set on a more distant horizon. Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO). Did you really think you were going to make it through a technology article without reading about AI? Yes, more and more businesses are taking on executives whose primary responsibility is to create the company’s overall AI strategy and ensure it: Aligns with the business’s overall strategic goals, and Enhances the company’s digital transformation, which many businesses are continuing to undergo as they adapt to new technologies.

CAIOs are also typically responsible for understanding the global and national regulatory environments regarding AI, as well as ensuring the business uses AI ethically. Big decision Adding an executive-level position to your company is clearly a big decision. Along with making a sizable outlay for compensation and benefits, you’ll likely spend considerable time and resources on the search and onboarding processes. So be sure to discuss the matter thoroughly with your existing leadership team and professional advisors.

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