It really boils down to whether the CTO is going to be a super-CIO, or part of the economic team.
Huh? (By the way, you can skip my commentary and Click Here to Vote for CTO).
Yes — I said part of the economic team. Can you really see taking a big name CEO like Eric Schmidt and telling him that his job is to try to put some cohesion and common architecture around the IT investments of the federal agencies. That ain’t gonna happen — no way, no how. He wouldn’t take it, and if he did, he wouldn’t last.
However, a Schmidt CTO role in re-invigorating the role of technology (not just IT) as the engine of American economic prowess and success is one that would fit him, or other top-drawer candidates for CTO, well. It’s an outward facing role, and if given some control over R&D budgets at critical idea factories like DARPA and NASA, it could be a functional role.
By the way — absent any kind of budgetary control — no matter what the role entails, super-CIO or economic-CTO, anyone in it will be ignored by the agencies.
I’ll share the results on Friday.
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