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Fractional CIO

Fractional CIO services allow access to high levels of experience, knowledge and leadership without the cost and time commitment of a permanent employee.

A Fractional CIO can help determine the current state of the team and technology, identify gaps, and develop a roadmap to meet future goals. Situations such as acquisitions and mergers, mitigating risks, leveraging technology for growth, stabilizing IT environments, or other business transformations, all require experience that may be outside the organization or industry.

Often the need for a fractional CIO falls into one of the following three situations:

  • The company does not yet have a CIO. The company is ready to grow and needs strategic IT direction to excel and guide that growth. As the company grows, it may not need a full-time CIO but does not want to sacrifice quality and experience to plan its IT strategic direction.
  • The company is between permanent CIOs. It may be time to pause and assess the path of IT. By bringing in a fractional CIO, the company can utilize the experience of multiple industries along with the experience of someone currently working in multiple environments. The fractional CIO can help shape the direction and assist in the hiring of a permanent CIO.
  • Company leadership is looking for a “second set of eyes”. This could be based on specific tactical projects or an overall strategic direction. The experience provided by a fractional CIO can assist IT leadership with insight and experience for the short term.

Even when an organization has a dedicated IT team, they may have limited experience to develop a strategy and set the IT agenda. When your company is facing growth opportunities with limited system capabilities or capacity, a fractional CIO will help you identify those gaps and develop a remedy plan.

According to the Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report, “The number one impact of skills gaps is increased employee stress. Other costs include lower quality work, decreased ability to meet business objectives, increased project duration and a decline in innovation.”


Identify Challenges. Assess the Current Environment and any Risks. Balance Business Goals Against Budget. Deliver a Solutions Roadmap.


Strategy and Solution Analysis. Document Requirements. Define Operational Processes, KPIs, Metrics, and Manufacturers’ Engagement.


Procurement, System Installation and Configuration, Testing and Validation, and Training.

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