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Leverage Expert Tech Leadership When & Where You Need it.  ONLY When & Where You Need it.

Technology has never been more strategic than it is to modern business.  Because IT skills are so different from those possessed by many business leaders, most CEOs and Boards of Directors want an experienced leader at the top of their IT organization. Experience is critical in IT decisions from architecture to culture, staffing, and vendor options.  These crucial decisions will reverberate – for better or for worse – across their companies for years to come…

With decisions of this importance on the line, where the spectrum of impact from wise vs. poor decisions is so extremely wide, it’s no wonder that many companies hire full-time CIOs/CTOs for this role, often conducting nationwide/worldwide searches to find the right candidate.  Compensation packages have increased significantly in recent years, as the strategic importance of the role has increased far faster than the pool of experienced leaders.

But what are companies to do who who can’t afford the escalated compensation packages demanded by experienced C-level IT leaders, despite having the same needs for this expertise?  Most courses of action involve a trade-off either accepting less experience than ideally wanted and/or higher compensation costs for the position.  With any approach, it is a difficult challenge for companies with limited budgets to get the experience they truly need for these critical decisions and responsibilities. Innovation Vista’s Virtual CIO/CTO Service (aka Fractional CIO, Fractional CTO, Part-time CIO, Part-time CTO) has been designed as a solution for companies in exactly this situation.

Our Virtual CIO/CTO Service Brings You the Tech Expertise and Leadership You Need, at a Price You Can Afford

Our firm’s unique approach offers small- and mid-size companies the guidance and IT leadership services of expert consultants who have served in a C-level IT role in one or multiple successful tenures, and who have experience in your industry.  Our consultants:

  • Possess decades of experience with the strategic decisions needed for success in enterprise technology
  • Have familiarity with the business model(s) and terminology of your industry
  • Are armed with our proprietary Innovation framework and toolkits to Stabilize, Optimize, and Monetize your organization’s IT
  • Provide virtual IT leadership services to clients on a part-time/fractional retainer basis, to make this expertise accessible to any budget
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Whether You Need to Stabilize Your IT or Ready to Build an Industry-leading Platform, Experienced Leadership Matters

We tailor our services to your needs.  …and to your budget.

  • Some CEOs feel comfortable with their IT management, but like the idea of an expert looking over the platform, processes, and plans for a small cost
    • Our offering starts as low as $1000 per week – a cheap “insurance policy”
    • Often, suggestions from having been “around the block” can help organizations avoid painful mistakes with minor, simple steps
    • Our consultants can serve as a coach/mentor to IT managers with good potential and company/industry expertise, but who lack seasoning
    • Need to start small (startup, new business division) but want the right foundation put in place for future growth?
  • Some CEOs want more involvement from an experienced leader, e.g. working on the IT architecture, structure, processes, and budget
    • Our service can scale as your needs change – a bit like a Cloud approach to “CIO as a Service
    • This service can begin in the form of an Interim CIO (full-time) and then ramp down after an M&A event, new-hire, knowledge transfer, etc.
    • Your virtual CTO can also act as a technology advisor to the board and/or C-suite on strategic IT decisions and alternatives
    • Need more involvement to Stabilize and develop a plan to Optimize your IT, then reduce to lower ongoing costs?

End the Trade-offs of Cost vs. Experience – Let us Tailor a “vCIO” Service for Your Organization’s Needs and Opportunities

Below see some of our recent Thought Leadership on the topic of IT Leadership…

Experienced IT Leadership CAN be Affordable · Virtual CIOs

The importance – and the complexity – of Technology in modern business models have never been higher.  Because IT skills are so different from those possessed by many business leaders, most CEOs and Boards of Directors want an experienced leader at the top of their IT organization.  The right leader ensures the right choices are made on all strategic IT decisions, which is critical since so many will reverberate for their companies (and may make the difference between empowering them and limiting the entire organization): Casting a vision for where a company’s technology can and should evolve for maximum benefit Choosing cyber-security protections Ensuring sufficient capacity for system performance and growth Nurturing a culture of innovation and service in the IT department Collaborating with senior leadership to identify opportunities for IT-driven efficiencies & revenue Designing the Enterprise Architecture Choosing key technology vendors Negotiating services, software, and hardware contracts Deciding how [...]

By |December 18th, 2020|Categories: IT Leadership|0 Comments

Change is Faster than Ever, but Will Never Again Be This Slow

This succinct summary of the challenge of modern life is a quote from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, from his keynote at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2018.  And although that organization tried to downplay the sentiment later that year, Trudeau's claim seems an accurate summary of our times. Change is hard for human beings; we are accustomed to a great deal of consistency from one day to another: in what is expected of us, in the tools we use to perform those duties, in how we're perceived by others and how we interact with others, in what constitutes the necessities of life, and in how we obtain those necessities.  Most of us feel we can "handle" change, but when we say that we usually mean one change at a time, and with a pause after each change before we're forced to confront the next one. The challenge today [...]

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Digital Transformation, Innovation, IT Leadership, Tech Disruption|0 Comments

Business Impact – the True North for Innovation

There is a lot of hype within the business sector around emerging technologies. Talk of finding new, creative ways to solve business challenges never fails to incite a buzz within organizations, for good reason. With the right compass heading, technology can sustain or change a company’s culture, and many new technologies are emerging that promise a significant impact on business over the next few years. At times the excitement is about the technology and not its business impact Innovation is important, and powerful, and impactful, but only if it creates real business results. Without the right compass heading, forward motion is NOT progress but only wasted effort and time.  Likewise, innovation for its own sake (outside of a pure research context) is often just a drain on time and money. Instead of seeking the latest technology for its own sake, an assessment of need & opportunity is incredibly important. Innovative [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Digital Transformation, Innovation, IT Leadership, Monetizing IT, Optimizing IT|0 Comments

Virtual CIO Case Study · Paying By the Drink for the Right Wine

Buying wine by the bottle (or case) may be the most economic option to acquire it at scale, but if a bottle is beyond your means or needs, and you find the particular vintage you want, paying by the drink is the right option. And so it is with Virtual CIOs (aka Fractional CIOs/Remote CIOs/Part-time CIOs)... This quote is actually from one of our recent clients, a mid-size company who engaged our Virtual CIO service to provide IT leadership to several IT groups who had previously reported separately to the CEO.   Why Our Case Studies are Anonymous Innovation Vista does not list our clients on our website or post a "logo page"; we do not issue press releases to announce client signings or project successes.  This policy is an important extension of our care and protection of our clients' strategies, in order to avoid letting their competitors know anything [...]

Nurturing a Culture of Innovation

“Companies must innovate or die”.  “Record-setting innovation investments poised to disrupt many industries”.  Headlines like these proliferate business journals and have become calls to action for boards of directors. On the other hand, we are in the midst of a pandemic which already broadsided the economy once, and threatens more impact from heightened consumer and business caution, forced lockdowns, and high costs of preventative measures until a vaccine solution is available at scale. We’re in an unprecedented time of change and challenge; it’s easy for business leaders today to feel stuck between a proverbial rock and hard place.  And yet, in the midst of these strange days – and in some ways because of them – it is in fact possible for companies to innovate without decimating their P&L.   Innovation isn’t a Task to Check off - it’s the Outgrowth of a Culture of Collaboration and Teamwork   Innovation [...]

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Innovation, IT Leadership|0 Comments

Escaping the Catch-22 of Post-COVID Digitalization

COVID-19 has escalated and turbo-charged digital transformation across the globe. Prior to COVID, many organizations planned to build out more options for their employees to be more productive by working remotely. They planned to create a way for customers to interact with them and buy from them online, and allow for their management teams to have dashboard views of their internal productivity and customer interactions. Most planned for these enhancements to be phased in over the next few years. Now digital transformation is a necessity for successful business in a post-COVID economy. Yet companies without those capabilities already integrated in will struggle to build them. With the onset of social distancing measures and state mandates for keeping business fronts closed, remote work has never been more essential. It's not just for the sake of productivity, but for safety--and ultimately, worker engagement. Success is now incumbent on a company's ability to [...]

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