Technology Strategy and Vision

Every ambitious company needs to connect its systems and digital strategy to its business objectives.

Often, however, the big opportunities to make a difference with technology never get turned into a clear vision and plan.

Innovations like AI, digital transformation, mobile apps, and data analytics don’t seem to get onto the agenda.

We connect your systems and digital strategy to your business strategy

Companies that have a clear business strategy need a systems and digital strategy to match. Like every other function of an ambitious business, technology needs a clear direction and someone to own it.

Your technology should focus on your customers, growth, efficiency, risk, security, and value.

One of our experienced, competent and confident IT leaders can join your senior team to understand your business strategy and turn this into an IT vision and strategy.

We get technology innovation off the ground

Many CEOs we meet have a radical idea for technology-enabling their business but need a sensible and experienced IT leader to make this happen (or to say honestly if it’s a bad idea!).

We often work with CEOs to transform their business using IT to boost revenues or reduce costs.

We create a roadmap for growth

An IT strategy needs to encompass digital, business applications, and IT infrastructure.

One of our people (we call them “Principals”) can get to grips with your issues and objectives and create a simple strategy
within a few days.
We focus on creating a roadmap as the foundation for planning and action, rather than just having a document that sits on a shelf gathering dust.

Systems and digital strategy, delivered

We’re not just consultants who present PowerPoint slides and then move on. Our Principal’s job is to work with you to maintain the strategy, evolve it, and most importantly deliver it!

We aim to have long-term relationships with all our clients. Our Principals expect to be accountable for delivery of the strategy and for making a real difference to your business!

Below are some relevant briefings, posts, videos and stories from our clients.

All written in plain-English and suitable for CEOs and Board members.

Our Team

Meet the most experienced team of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and IT Directors who deliver technology strategies that help mid-markets business...

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Client stories

We are trusted technology strategy providers for CEOs of mid-market businesses. Read our client case studies to find out more...

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Business Insights

We have a wide range of experience in delivering business-focus and mid-market IT strategies that will help your business grow...

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Hybrid Working Is the Strategic Challenge of the Decade. Why?

Hybrid Working Is the Strategic Challenge of the Decade. Why?

Mid-market companies are facing enormous challenges. Customer expectations have shifted dramatically, and staffing shortages will be an ongoing problem. Freeman...

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Hydrock

"Freeman Clarke made IT a strategic enabler, aligned with our business strategy. Hydrock's systems now provide much greater support for staff, reducing wasted time, costs, and problems" Read more

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CIOs, CTOs & CISOs

When do I need a CIO, CTO, or CISO? And how do I find the right one?

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Crown Golf

"I now have someone on the senior team who can explain the complexities of IT in business terms and has provided clarity and direction to my technology team" Read more

Client story

Alltruck

"We needed an experienced IT Director to provide continuity and strategic thinking to address our IT issues" Read more

Client story

British Pathé

"Having someone completely independent and trusted who understands both the business and the technology has proved to be a significant business enabler" Read more

Client story
Top 10 Tips for Effective IT Supplier Management – Infographic

Top 10 Tips for Effective IT Supplier Management – Infographic

To download, save or print this infographic click here Your IT Suppliers are a critical component to your success. But...

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How to Avoid a CRM Car Crash

How to Avoid a CRM Car Crash

Every CEO knows that customer information is a crucial asset. And how you manage customer relationships is vital. So of...

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Immunocore

"Our Freeman Clarke IT leader's ability to pick up on our industry's complex technology, combined with his capabilities, resulted in Immunocore being in a stronger, more secure IT environment" Read more

Client story

Future Biogas

"Engaging a Freeman Clarke Principal as our part-time IT Director, in the C-suite, has proved extremely worthwhile" Read more

Client story

Rendall and Rittner

"Our Freeman Clarke IT Director made what felt like full-time impact even though he was in fact dedicated to us two days per week" Read more

Client story

J Tomlinson

"Our IT leader's knowledge and experience of business change with IT as a key enabler has added value to our project" Read more

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Oxitec

"Our involvement with Freeman Clarke came at a crucial phase. We needed a serious IT director to review our IT and our IT suppliers, and to help us grow our production and distribution capabilities" Read more

Client story
Technology Roadmap for Growth – A CEOs Briefing

Technology Roadmap for Growth – A CEOs Briefing

If you’re planning for significant growth, or better yet, your business is already seeing it, you need IT to match....

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Business Insight
What is Digital Transformation, Really?

What is Digital Transformation, Really?

This is the first in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. Many mid-sized businesses see IT simply as an ongoing...

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Business Insight
Digital Transformation: Real World Examples of Market Breakthrough

Digital Transformation: Real World Examples of Market Breakthrough

This is the second in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. For a more in-depth definition of Digital Transformation and...

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Digital Transformation: Wow Your Customers!

Digital Transformation: Wow Your Customers!

Digital Transformation: Wow Your Customers! This is the third in our four-part series on Digital Transformation. For a more in-depth...

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Manufacturing Insights — Part 1: The Impact of the Internet of Things

Manufacturing Insights — Part 1: The Impact of the Internet of Things

This is the first of our three-part series on the future of manufacturing. Check out Part 2: Checklist for Successful...

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Manufacturing Insights — Part 3: Getting Data Right

Manufacturing Insights — Part 3: Getting Data Right

This is the third of our three-part series on the future of manufacturing. Check out Part 1: The Impact of...

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Preparing for Strategic IT Demands from Corporate Clients

Preparing for Strategic IT Demands from Corporate Clients

It can be a lucrative opportunity when you get the chance to provide products or services to corporate clients. Large,...

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Can Software Robots Really Eliminate Admin?

Can Software Robots Really Eliminate Admin?

According to McKinsey & Company, 60% of jobs could automate 30% of their tasks. Forrester, a respected technology research company,...

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What Does It Take to Stay at the Top of Our Game?

What Does It Take to Stay at the Top of Our Game?

Staying on top of our game — that was the big question we explored at our last Principals conference. One...

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Why CTOs Are Crucial to the Success of Mid-Market Companies

Why CTOs Are Crucial to the Success of Mid-Market Companies

Many of our clients use custom software and digital initiatives to drive sales, increase efficiency or improve service. Sometimes they...

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The 6 Must-Haves for Hiring the Best CTO

The 6 Must-Haves for Hiring the Best CTO

Freeman Clarke has decades of experience in hiring the best CIOs and CTOs. In several years of refining our screening...

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Cyber, Legal, Compliance … How a CEO Can Sleep Soundly

Cyber, Legal, Compliance … How a CEO Can Sleep Soundly

It is not an exaggeration to say that most days we meet companies who have been hacked, their reputations damaged,...

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How Mid-Market Businesses Can Recruit a Quality CTO

How Mid-Market Businesses Can Recruit a Quality CTO

IT leaders who focus on software development and digital are often called Chief Technology Officers, or CTOs. You’ll also hear...

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Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Next Big Thing(s)?

Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Next Big Thing(s)?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and the underlying technology promise to change the business world. It’s easy to be cynical about this,...

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Who is Freeman Clarke?

Who is Freeman Clarke?

We are the largest and most experienced team of CIOs and CTOs and work exclusively in the mid-market. Our team...

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ERP Explained: The Basics

ERP Explained: The Basics

At Freeman Clarke, clients frequently ask for our help with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. We’re not surprised, because...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems  Part I: How to Spot Them

A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part I: How to Spot Them

Integration problems can cause your business quite a bit of damage. When systems don’t talk to each other, it inhibits...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems  Part II: How to Solve Them

A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part II: How to Solve Them

(This is the second of our two-part series on integration problems. Click to read Part I: How to Spot Them.)...

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Get Real: How Does technology Fuel Business Growth?

Get Real: How Does technology Fuel Business Growth?

We recently launched Freeman Clarke in the US and hosted an event at the Norwood Club in Chelsea. We invited...

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How to Get Started With an ERP Project – Part I

How to Get Started With an ERP Project – Part I

This is the first in a two-part series on how to launch a successful Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) project. For...

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How to Get Started With an ERP Project – Part II

How to Get Started With an ERP Project – Part II

This is the second in a two-part series on how to launch a successful Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) project. For...

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ERP Pearls of Wisdom from Our Experts

ERP Pearls of Wisdom from Our Experts

We have recorded a series of informative discussions about ERP. Two of our Regional Directors (Christine Parker Stubbs and Victor...

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3 Common Problems with Systems Integration

3 Common Problems with Systems Integration

Integration challenges can be difficult to identify. In this video, Freeman Clarke Co-founder Graeme Freeman explains three of most common...

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3 Focus Points for Successful Systems Integration

3 Focus Points for Successful Systems Integration

Freeman Clarke co-founder Graeme Freeman explains the three areas you’ll need to focus on for a successful systems integration project....

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Technology Roadmap for Growth

Companies planning growth need to have a plan for how their technology can support and drive this growth.

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Knowledge Center
What is Digital Transformation and Where Do You Start?

What is Digital Transformation and Where Do You Start?

Everyone is talking about Digital Transformation...what does it mean? If you're interested in learning how Digital Transformation can transform your...

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Using Systems and Digital to Grow Your Business

Using Systems and Digital to Grow Your Business

Companies looking for growth need to have a plan for how their technology can support and drive this growth. Without...

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13 Key Steps to Cybersecurity for Non-technical Board Members

13 Key Steps to Cybersecurity for Non-technical Board Members

Cyber attacks can be complicated, but in our experience over many years, most are really simple and exploit basic weaknesses....

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GRS Roadstone Group

"Having an IT Director with previous experience in the sector has given us the confidence to make significant investments in systems, putting us at the leading edge of our industry" Read more

Client story

Bonhill Group plc

"We needed best-in-class technology leadership in the US and the UK, and so we contacted Freeman Clarke" Read more

Client story
The Benefits of Working with a Great Team of CIOs, CTOs, and IT Directors

The Benefits of Working with a Great Team of CIOs, CTOs, and IT Directors

During our recent Freeman Clarke conference, we talked to our Principals and Regional Directors about the benefits of being part...

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What Do You Love Most About Your Role at Freeman Clarke?

What Do You Love Most About Your Role at Freeman Clarke?

We get together every six months at our Freeman Clarke Conference to share ideas, experiences and knowledge and to let...

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Amberjack

"It was vitally important that our IT strategy and delivery were led by an expert who understood our values" Read more

Client story
Bitcoin – What Is It and What Does It Mean to Business?

Bitcoin – What Is It and What Does It Mean to Business?

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital-only currency, or “cryptocurrency,” created in 2009. It has many (or perhaps all) of...

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Introduction to Office Automation Using Software Robots

Introduction to Office Automation Using Software Robots

Look around an office and you will see plenty of people whose main work is dealing with systems and information....

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How Successful ERP Projects Can Transform a Business

How Successful ERP Projects Can Transform a Business

We’ve recorded a series of discussions with our ERP experts: Regional Directors David Birnbaum, Kingsley Hill, Craig Teahen and John...

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Business Insight
Technology, Strategy and Vision

Technology, Strategy and Vision

Companies that have a clear business strategy need a systems and digital strategy to match. Each function of an ambitious...

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Business Insight
What Do We Do at Freeman Clarke?

What Do We Do at Freeman Clarke?

We are the largest and most experienced team of part-time, or fractional, CIOs and CTOs and work exclusively in the...

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Business Insight

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation may just mean simple IT done well. Or it may mean genuine technology innovation, something that is breaking...

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Knowledge Center
How to Stop Worrying about Cyber Security and Compliance: Part I

How to Stop Worrying about Cyber Security and Compliance: Part I

The first in our two-part report that will help busy CEOs mitigate the stress of cyber security and compliance. It’s...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cyber Security and Compliance: Part II

How to Stop Worrying About Cyber Security and Compliance: Part II

The second of our two-part report providing busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the stresses and risks of cyber...

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CEO’s Briefing on IT Risks, Compliance and Security

CEO’s Briefing on IT Risks, Compliance and Security

No doubt you worry about growing your business and being successful, but as the business grows and becomes successful, protecting...

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COVID-19

Businesses will be facing some tough challenges over the coming weeks and months and it is vital that we in...

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Knowledge Center
Who is Freeman Clarke?

Who is Freeman Clarke?

For every business, the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to the wellbeing and safety of their people. IT, systems and...

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COVID-19: A Message from Our Co-Founder Graeme Freeman

COVID-19: A Message from Our Co-Founder Graeme Freeman

Visit our Hybrid Working & Post-Pandemic Knowledge Center which includes all content related to this topic. Freeman Clarke is the largest...

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COVID-19: Navigating Urgent Operational Challenges

COVID-19: Navigating Urgent Operational Challenges

For every business, the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to the wellbeing and safety of their people. For some businesses...

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IT during COVID-19: Changing Suppliers, Renegotiating Contracts, and Managing Cash

IT during COVID-19: Changing Suppliers, Renegotiating Contracts, and Managing Cash

Visit our Hybrid Working & Post-Pandemic Knowledge Center which includes all content related to this topic. Freeman Clarke is the largest...

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COVID-19 Delivering Effective Homeworking

COVID-19 Delivering Effective Homeworking

  Visit our Hybrid Working & Post-Pandemic Knowledge Center which includes all content related to this topic. Freeman Clarke is the...

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COVID-19: Moving Operations and Supply Chains

COVID-19: Moving Operations and Supply Chains

  Visit our Hybrid Working & Post-Pandemic Knowledge Center which includes all content related to this topic. Freeman Clarke is the...

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Introduction & Part I: Streamline Systems to Control Costs

Introduction & Part I: Streamline Systems to Control Costs

How AEC Can Succeed with Digital: Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global business to a halt, and the architecture,...

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Part II: Get Onsite IT Right

Part II: Get Onsite IT Right

Part II: Get Onsite IT Right The first post, on streamlining systems to cut costs, is available here. The AEC...

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Part III: Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Part III: Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Part III: Building Information Modelling (BIM) Check out the first post, on streamlining systems to cut costs. And the second,...

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Part IV: Next Gen technology

Part IV: Next Gen technology

Part IV: Next Gen technology Here’s the next instalment in our series on how midmarket AEC firms can succeed with...

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Part V: IT Leadership

Part V: IT Leadership

Part V: IT Leadership This is the final instalment in our series on how midmarket AEC firms can succeed with...

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How AEC Can Succeed with Digital: Infographic

How AEC Can Succeed with Digital: Infographic

To download, save or print this Infographic, click here Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced team of part-time...

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Sterling

"Freeman Clarke has been instrumental in implementing industry best practices around the management, support and financial management of the IT function" Read more

Client story

Private Equity (PE)

Private Equity (PE) ownership of mid-market companies is increasing. Of course, PE firms are driven by valuations, and these days...

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Knowledge Center

Hybrid Working & Post-Pandemic

Businesses will be facing tough challenges over the months. Here is our best advice on mixing remote with office work...

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IT Leadership and Team Development

Enable your IT team and suppliers to help drive efficiency, service, and innovation.

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PE houses are driven by valuations, and IT and technology are now at the heart of business value.

Risk Management, Security and Infrastructure

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Business Systems, Integration, and Reporting

Efficient and scalable systems and processes allow business to grow and flourish.

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