Have you ever confused a sweet potato for a yam, or vice versa? Maybe you have even used the names interchangeably. There’s no doubt there are many similarities between these two root vegetables, but they are not the same. If you look a little closer, you can see there are notable differences in terms of color and taste.
The same mistake is often made with chief information and technology officers. Although there are some parallels and the titles are, at times, erroneously used interchangeably, these are two distinct leadership positions. Just like how replacing a yam with a sweet potato could ruin the flavor of a dish, having someone in the wrong position could come with undesirable results. It’s important to understand how these roles differ and which one would best fit your needs.