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C-Suite Tech Advisory

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C-Suite executives have a huge number of responsibilities which make it impossible for them to stay abreast of technology trends, opportunities, and challenges.  In addition, most CXOs don’t have training in technology topics, and many small and midsize companies operate without a full-time CIO/CTO looking at the tech landscape for business model and revenue opportunities.


Tech trends are likely to disrupt every industry significantly in the coming years, and for that reason they are critical for someone on the CXO team to track and monitor.  This is true whether you want to play OFFENSE and be the disruptor, or need to play DEFENSE against these kinds of changes in your industry.


Through our C-Suite Tech Advisory service, Innovation Vista partners expert IT leaders with your company.  All of our consultants have succeeded in past C-level IT leadership roles, and we strive to match direct industry experience as closely as possible when matching a consultant for our clients.  These veteran IT leaders consult with one or more of a company’s top leaders & your IT team or vendor, providing insights and services tailored to your business:

Our Successful C-level IT leaders use our proven strategic Innovation framework – “Innovating Beyond Efficiency”, while also tailoring & customizing the model to suit your organization’s current situation and future strategic goals…

  • Our consultant can collaborate regularly with a specific CXO (often CFO, COO, CMO, or CEO).  This can be a 1:1 private advisory partnership, or…
  • Our consultant can participate &/or submit assessments/reports for monthly/quarterly leadership meetings
  • Our consultant can regularly touch base and mentor your company’s top IT leader, to upgrade their “C-Suite collaboration” mindset and skillsets
  • …or any combination of the above


Not every company has high-leverage Tech strategy decisions every day, or large IT departments needing constant mentoring and leadership.  For companies that don’t, too often it falls to senior business leadership to navigate the high leverage moments when they come.  They have the seniority and decision-making skills, but NOT the direct experience with complex IT initiatives, architectures, and team dynamics in an industry re-inventing itself every few years.

Our solution is designed specifically for these companies, to bring an experienced IT leader to bear where and when that experience really matters.

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Below see some of our recent Thought Leadership on the topics of Innovation & IT Strategy…

What CXOs should know about Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a buzzword which has crept into the language of business in recent years, and the definition of the term varies greatly. At Innovation Vista, we define “digital transformation” as the effort to use technology to grow revenue. Digital Transformation - IT strategy insights for CXOs Digital transformation is driven by a broader view of Information Technology than its traditional goals of increasing efficiency and automation to help businesses save money and boost productivity. Today, technology has advanced in ways that allow businesses to do much more than what was possible in the past. Even in its traditional scope, IT has become a major component of most businesses' success. Most corporate executives and C-suites are comfortable with it in this shape and size, but when there’s talk of re-envisioning IT, even with the promise of greater impact, CXOs can become understandably nervous. Hesitations on Digital Transformation One of [...]

By |December 14th, 2019|Categories: Digital Transformation|0 Comments

Should IT Leadership enter the Gig Economy?

With the recent growth of the gig economy in all kinds of sectors and roles, it bears asking whether this kind of structure might be a cheaper option for more companies searching for top-level IT leadership.  Answering this question will have some nuances, but it seems clear that going with a "gig CIO" is worth considering, and is likely better than at least one all-too-common mistake in choosing heads of IT. When you hear “gig economy,” likely you imagine transactions with Uber or Upwork—companies that operate under a “pay by the drink” approach.  It's part of a larger trend which also encompasses the Cloud revolution, where you pay per month for the specific amount of compute and storage you've utilized.  In general, participants in our economy are increasingly preferring to pay for only what they use, in many categories of goods and services.   Approximately 57 million people (36% of U.S. [...]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Transitional Leadership|0 Comments

Innovation – The Great Equalizer

For small and midsize companies competing against large competitors, it can often feel like they are set up to fail. The competitors may have stronger purchasing power, economies of scale, and lower cost of capital, making it hard for the smaller companies to gain any sort of an edge. But the innovation of new technologies is giving many companies hope that they can indeed compete with large competitors several times their size. Innovation is the key to balancing the scale of power. Despite their significant advantages in economies of scale, larger companies also have a liability which can become significant in the emerging Digital Age. Because of their size, large companies have many more layers of bureaucracy and formality. Each of those layers in a larger organization is a delay in decision-making and innovation, particularly when the changes being contemplated are significant and impact a company's business model, pricing, supply [...]

By |October 26th, 2019|Categories: Innovation|0 Comments

Transformation Needs the Top, Even if it Doesn’t Start There

No matter where the vision for innovation comes from, the board and CEO must support and evangelize transformation for it to succeed. If the board and CEO don't fully grasp why the transformation is needed, or how it should be achieved, it can bring about more harm than good. They would be better of pausing or canceling the project until everyone can get on the same wavelength. The worst whiplash an organization can receive is a "transformation" project being pushed by IT which doesn't have the support of top leadership. Why? Because the rest of the company will take their lead on how to respond—how seriously to take the change—from their top leadership. If they see shoulder shrugs, they may shrug too and won’t be fully committed to getting on board. Just as importantly, the support from top leadership will deeply impact the behavior of those pushing the change—in IT [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Categories: Digital Transformation, Innovation|0 Comments

Step 1 to Swimming in the Digital Pool – Get in the Water

Do you have a vision for the potential of technology to impact your company's future, but lack the details to make specific proposals? Part of leadership is seeing the need for change and taking steps to share and implement this vision with your team. The first step doesn’t have to be perfect or huge—you need not jump into the deep end of the pool right away, but it's critical at least to acknowledge that you need to learn how to swim. No matter how your organization uses data—processing, analyzing, or simply entering it and viewing it on a daily basis—there is a high likelihood that some kind of digital technology can take your efforts to the next level.  Initially, you may not have clarity on how automation, AI, or analytics will play a part, but neither is it a requirement for someone to know all the strokes before deciding they [...]

By |October 5th, 2019|Categories: Digital Transformation, Innovation|0 Comments

Best IT Strategy for a Non-IT Startup? It Depends

Tech company startups are the darlings of the press and of venture capitalists.  It certainly seems that tech companies dominate the list of "Unicorns" and top IPOs from the last few decades.  Their pace of revenue acceleration (though not necessarily usually earnings) are breathtaking - at least for the few who make it "over the hump" to reach critical mass.  But these are far from the only startup businesses where key IT decisions are needed. In non-IT startup companies, the landscape of tech choices is different, although potentially just as impactful on the company's chances of success.  Tech isn't their product, but in many cases it may make up a significant part of their engine (there is a spectrum of IT impact, of course - that's one reason why "It Depends..")  Interestingly, from the myriad books on the topic of startups pumped out of publishing houses these days, very few [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|Categories: Innovation, Transitional Leadership|0 Comments