Fractional CTO

A Fractional CTO will create, support and deliver tech strategies that accelerate your business growth.

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

We use the term fractional CTO to mean a role focussed on:
  • Responsibility for tech, teams, and suppliers.
  • Driving innovation, efficiency, and effectiveness across the company.
  • Using tech to increase company value, often through online and digital initiatives.
  • Overseeing development of custom software and apps.
  • Representing tech initiatives to investors and other external stakeholders when necessary.

Why have a CTO and can I afford one?

A Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for tech, teams and suppliers. They drive innovation and efficiency across the business. The “fractional” part simply means “part-time.”

Hiring a full-time CTO is an expensive exercise. By definition, CTOs have decades of experience and one of the most demanding roles within a company.

But having a fractional CTO means that a heavy financial burden is lifted.

Is a fractional CTO any good?

A fractional CTO is by no means inferior to a full-time one. At Freeman Clarke, we have a stringent selection process: only 1% of applicants make it through! We insist that our CTOs have extensive technical and business experience, and we ensure that they understand the particular culture of the mid-market sector.

So you can be confident that we have done all the same HR processes that you would for a full-time employee. This can shave weeks or even months off the hiring process, freeing you up to focus on business. And with our emphasis on the mid-market, you can be confident of a good fit!

Rich experience connecting digital to business objectives

In many ways we bring more to the table than a full-time CTO. Freeman Clarke is a company of over 70 CTOs and CIOs, which means when you hire one of our experts, you benefit from that institutional experience and support.

We have built our team around the fundamental idea that businesses need to connect their systems and digital strategy to their business objectives. This should be the ambition of every innovative company, and we see real growth when the two disciplines are linked.

Technical, strategic and leadership skills to drive growth

Working on a fractional basis also means that a Freeman Clarke CTO can do a highly specialized job. Our team can facilitate in a number of areas, from software and product development to implementing large-scale IT infrastructures or a comprehensive digital transformation.

All of our fractional CTOs have a unique combination of characteristics suitable to ambitious mid-market businesses. They have superior technical knowledge. They are strategic thinkers and compelling leaders. They understand how to use tech to drive growth.

We have every confidence that our Chief Technology Officers will make a transformational impact on your business.

Defining IT leadership roles

The terms fractional IT Director, CIO (Chief Information Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer) are often used interchangeably and are defined inconsistently across the industry. The fractional CTO can transform a business through innovation and value creation.

 

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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