Not every company can budget for a full time technology leader be that IT Manager, IT Director, Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer. We help by providing "on demand" strategic IT resources at both manager and director levels to meet your business technology needs.
Since the advent of the internet and the proliferation of email, there has been a huge uptake of smartphones with social networking; every business realises it must take technology seriously to either leapfrog or at least keep pace with the competition.
Many businesses have good IT operational and support resources (e.g.'nuts-n-bolts' server management, in-house staff or outsourced partners). The difficulty is that expanding businesses could outgrow their underlying technologies and thus struggle to keep pace.IT for these businesses needs to be managed strategically with a view to gaining competitive advantage, as well as making sure change is implemented successfully. To ensure this, experienced senior resources are required like an IT Director, Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - however, typically this size of business cannot afford the luxury of such full time staff.
This is where our team of experienced consultants comes in and supplements the existing resources. They will perform the role of an IT Director either as an interim (e.g. during a process of change) or for an agreed amount of time as needed. This is in line with a growing movement where many businesses around the globe prefer to undertake their IT planning and strategy with these 'Fractional CIOs'.
Some situations in which you may consider hiring a virtual IT Director are when you:
These are some old 'chestnuts' that, as IT consultants, we see in businesses again and again:
Most businesses love their IT managers! Without them they could not operate. But whilst IT managers have the technical competence eg to manage and operate networks, given their focused role they overlook the strategic vision and market knowledge. So, when they are faced with a major technology change, this lies outside of their experience or comfort zone and this can lead to problems for the business. It is also unfair to assume that just because someone manages IT, that they have knowledge of complex contract negotiation, vendor management and market intelligence. Naturally, the Virtual IT Director service will help them and their team foster some of these skills and develop their abilities in these areas.
Typical client engagements involve:
I just need an IT Manager
Smaller and expanding businesses find it difficult to justify the role of experienced IT Manager or Head of IT on the grounds of high employment costs versus the low level of IT activity in the business. Even if it is possible to recruit staff, retaining highly experienced staff in a smaller business environment is challenging. Small businesses tend to compromise therefore, on a second best option in the form an IT administrator or an outsourced company, that may not always have the commercial skills and capabilities to deliver efficient operations or strategic value for the business. In the long term this approach can negatively impact the business and lead to higher cost.
We will provide you with a high-calibre professional IT manager, who has relevant and up to date experience, who will:
We can help you to:
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