Fractional CIO

The fractional CIO can transform the profit and service of a business by improving systems and digital usage.

Our Board-level, commercially focused Chief Information Officers will make a transformational impact on your business.

We use the term “fractional CIO” to mean a role focused on:
  • Responsibility for tech, teams, and suppliers.
  • Improving and providing clear oversight of processes, systems, people, data, and reporting.
  • Actively contributing to C-suite discussions and creating alignment between IT and business strategy.
  • Driving integration, automation and transformation projects, including ERP and online.
  • Managing business improvements, risk, and cybersecurity, rather than just tech delivery.

Why have a CIO? And can I afford one?

A Chief Information Officer (CIO) has the ultimate responsibility for tech, teams, and suppliers. They provide clear oversight of systems, processes, data reporting, and staff. The “fractional” part simply means “part-time.”

CIOs have decades of experience in all aspects of tech and IT, so they tend to command large salaries. A Freeman Clarke fractional CIO means that the business avoids the expense of a full-time CIO without sacrificing quality.

Access to the best CIOs

Due to our stringent standards, only 1% of our initial candidates become part of our team. So you can be confident that your CIO has the highest technical and business expertise, adding benefit to your business from Day One.

In addition, Freeman Clarke CIOs are expert strategic thinkers, guiding the business through all the necessary operational changes toward well-defined goals. Finally, we focus only on the mid-market, which means a CIO that fits into the company culture.

A specialist CIO and a pool of expertise

A Freeman Clarke CIO is part of our own team as well, communicating regularly with CIOs across a number of sectors and companies. This larger pool of expertise has been invaluable to businesses as they use tech to drive growth.

Our CIOs have led businesses through some of the most challenging transformational events in recent history. The unprecedented pace of disruption means that companies absolutely must have flexibility and adaptability in not only the IT itself, but in the fundamental IT culture and environment. This fast-paced, complex environment is where our specialist CIOs can lead teams through both business challenges and strategic obstacles.

Dovetailing IT solutions with business objectives

Our CIOs will help your business form a culture that aligns IT solutions to business objectives, ensuring focus and cooperation across teams and departments. Meanwhile, the part-time or fractional role ensures that you and your leadership team get the support and innovation you need at a competitive, sustainable price.

Defining IT leadership roles

Across the industry, the terms fractional IT Director, CIO (Chief Information Officer), and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) are often used interchangeably and inconsistently defined. The fractional CIO can transform the profit and service of a business by improving systems and digital usage.

 

CIO

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Responsible for tech, teams and suppliers.
Provides a clear oversight of process, systems, people, data and reporting improvements.
Actively contributes to leadership discussions and creates alignment between IT and business strategy.
Drives integration, automation and transformation projects, including ERP and online.
Focuses on business improvements, risk, and cybersecurity management rather than just tech delivery.

CTO

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Responsible for tech, teams and suppliers.
Drives innovation, efficiency and effectiveness across the business.
Uses tech to increase company value, often through online and digital initiatives.
Oversees development of custom software and apps.
Represents tech initiatives to investors and other external stakeholders where necessary.

IT Director

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Responsible for tech, teams, and suppliers.
Drives efficient and effective use of technology throughout the business.
Focuses on delivery of IT services to underpin and improve the business.
Manages and oversees team and suppliers, ensuring best practice and appropriate cyber-security and risk management.

C-Suite Tech Advisor

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May not have direct responsibilities. Advises the CEO and other executives.
Drives integration, automation and transformation projects including ERP and online.
Uses tech and innovation to increase company value, often through online and digital initiatives.
May mentor an existing senior IT leader.

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