Fractional CIO

The fractional CIO can transform the profit and service of a business by improving systems and digital usage.

Our Board-level commercially focused Chief Information Officers will make a transformational impact on your business.

We use the term fractional CIO to mean a role focused on:
  • Accountability for tech, teams and suppliers.
  • Providing a clear oversight of process, systems, people, data and reporting improvements.
  • Actively contributing to Board discussions and creates alignment between IT and business strategy.
  • Driving integration, automation and transformation projects including ERP and online.
  • Business improvements, risk and cybersecurity management rather than just tech delivery.

Why have a CIO and can I afford one?

A Chief Information Officer (CIO) has the ultimate responsibility for tech, teams and suppliers. They provide clear oversight of systems, processes, data reporting, and staff. The ‘fractional’ term simply means ‘part-time.’

CIOs have decades of experience in all aspects of tech and IT, so they tend to command large wages. A Freeman Clarke fractional CIO means that the business avoids the expense of a full-time CIO without sacrificing quality.

Access to the UK’s best CIO’s

Due to our stringent standards, only 1% of our initial candidates become part of our team. So you can be confident that your CIO has the highest technical and commercial expertise, adding benefit to your business from Day One.

In addition, Freeman Clarke CIOs are expert strategic thinkers, guiding the business through all the necessary operational changes toward well-defined commercial goals. Finally, we focus only on the mid-market, which means a CIO that fits into the culture whilst working towards the business goals of the company.

A specialist CIO and a pool of expertise

A Freeman Clarke CIO is part of our own team as well, communicating regularly with CIOs across a number of businesses and verticals. This larger pool of expertise has been invaluable to businesses as they use tech to drive growth.

Our CIOs have led businesses through some of the most challenging transformational events in recent history. The unprecedented pace of disruption means that companies absolutely must have flexibility and adaptability in not only the IT itself, but in the fundamental IT culture and environment. This fast-paced, complex environment is where our specialist CIOs can lead teams through both business challenges and strategic obstacles.

Dovetailing IT solutions with business objectives

Our CIOs will help your business form a culture that aligns IT solutions to business objectives, ensuring focus and cooperation across teams and departments. Meanwhile, the part-time or fractional role ensures that you and your leadership team get the support and innovation you need at a competitive, sustainable price.

Defining IT leadership roles

The terms fractional IT Director, CIO (Chief Information Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer) are often used interchangeably and are defined inconsistently across the industry. The fractional CTO can transform a business through innovation and value creation.

 

CIO

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Accountable for tech, teams and suppliers.
Provides a clear oversight of process, systems, people, data and reporting improvements.
Actively contributes to Board discussions and creates alignment between IT and business strategy.
Drives integration, automation and transformation projects including ERP and online.
Focussed on business improvements, risk and cybersecurity management rather than just tech delivery.

CTO

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Accountable for tech, teams and suppliers.
Drives innovation, efficiency and effectiveness across the business.
Uses tech to increase company value, often through online and digital initiatives.
Oversees development of bespoke software and apps.
Representing tech initiatives to investors and other external stakeholders where necessary.

IT Director

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Accountable for tech, teams and suppliers.
Drives efficient and effective use of technology throughout the business.
Focussed on delivery of IT services to underpin and improve the business.
Manages and oversees team and suppliers and ensures good practice and proper cyber security and risk management throughout.

Board tech advisory

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May not be directly accountable. Provides counsel to the CEO and other leaders.
Drives integration, automation and transformation projects including ERP and online.
Uses tech to increase company value, often through online and digital initiatives. Provides innovation and challenge.
May provide mentoring to an existing senior IT leader.

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