Transitional Leadership2019-11-10T20:50:13-06:00

Transitions can be among the most daunting and complex business events for leaders to navigate, and it is often the technology aspects of the change which lead to failure.

For this reason, providing Transitional IT Leadership is one of Innovation Vista’s core service offerings.  Our experienced consultants have been involved with multiple transitions of various kinds, and bring their expertise to bear on our clients’ challenges:

  • Turnaround of failing companies or IT departments
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Transition to new business models or markets
  • Change in exit strategy – private equity and IPO strategies
  • Interim IT leadership to coach successor or as preparatory to M&A

Transition events bring a unique set of challenges which not only add to, but significantly complicate, the ongoing workload involved with successfully operating an IT platform.

Other organizations have an interest in unique longer-term IT leadership arrangements:

  • Virtual CIOs – who fill the traditional CIO role as the “head of Information Technology” as a consultant, often part-time &/or remote
  • Fractional CIOs – who fill the role of CIO for 2 or more organizations at the same time

These structures don’t make sense for every organization, but they may offer a nice solution for some small and midsize companies seeking experienced leadership for lower compensation costs than they would have traditionally paid a full-time CIO.

If your organization is facing a need of any of these kinds, please contact us to begin a conversation about how our experienced experts can help you navigate it in your Technology group.

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Below see some of our recent Thought Leadership on Transitional IT Leadership:

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 [...]

November 22nd, 2019|

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 - [...]

September 12th, 2019|

How is IT Doing? Ask Business Leadership FIRST

"We do a great job.  90% of our KPIs and projects are in the green, and we had 99.9% uptime last month..." ...Comments like this can be indicative of successful IT shops, hitting on all/most cylinders and empowering their companies to great results. ...Comments like this can also come out of IT leaders' mouths in departments which are completely failing their businesses - possibly without them even knowing it.   Wait, you say.  How could Key Performance Indicators be put in place, or projects approved, without the business being on board?  And if 90% of them are in the green isn't that a good sign?  Not necessarily.  They could very well be meaningful, but KPIs may not really measure how well IT is supporting and [...]

December 2nd, 2018|