Virtual CTO

Focus on your technology needs without the associated costs of hiring a full-time dedicated CTO

The problem

Too many startup and scale up companies are held back by technology. For many of these companies having the right technology strategy and guidance can be the difference between a fast growing profitable company or one which struggles to grow due to unscalable processes. At ClearSky Logic we provide a Virtual Chief Technology Officer service which allows start ups and scale ups to tap into experienced technology leaders. 

Here’s just a few reasons to consider outsourcing your tech team:
  • Reduce costs and upkeep of hiring an internal tech team
  • Ensure the tech priorities are aligned with the business goals
  • Ensure technology delivers value for the business
  • Apply governance around information security

What exactly is a vCTO?

A vCTO is a service to provide IT leadership to companies that accept that they need to leverage technology but lack the strong technical leadership that this requires.

Think of the service as an on-demand part-time IT Director who can quickly establish a technical road-map to meet business objectives, providing the leadership and governance required to make effective use of technology.

Reporting into Board level, Founder or Managing Director, they are responsible for translating business goals into a technology road map and converting this into prioritised deliverables for the IT team. The vCTO will help the business to make well-informed decisions around investing in appropriate technology and resources with a clear ROI.

Why...

...should businesses hire a virtual CTO over hiring an actual CTO?

ClearSky’s vCTO service is both physical and virtual - we work on-site and remotely at a level of effort that suits the client. A vCTO is ideally suited where a full-time CTO is seen as overkill or beyond the available budget. (The average yearly salary for a CTO in the UK is upwards of 100k per annum). For most small to medium-sized businesses where tech is out of their comfort zone, this overhead seems high and the risk of getting the wrong candidate looms large. This often causes indecision and leads to a vacancy remaining open for a long time and a decision-making vacuum in technology. A light-touch vCTO can be a great way of dipping your toe in the tech water and running some ideas past someone who has likely seen and resolved similar problems before.

...else do businesses need technical leadership?

ClearSky’s vCTO service is both physical and virtual - we work on-site and remotely at a level of effort that suits the client. A vCTO is ideally suited where a full-time CTO is seen as overkill or beyond the available budget. (The average yearly salary for a CTO in the UK is upwards of 100k per annum). For most small to medium-sized businesses where tech is out of their comfort zone, this overhead seems high and the risk of getting the wrong candidate looms large. This often causes indecision and leads to a vacancy remaining open for a long time and a decision-making vacuum in technicnology. A light-touch vCTO can be a great way of dipping your toe in the tech water and running some ideas past someone who has likely seen and resolved similar problems before.

What can a technology road-map provide?

Many businesses without a CTO can set goals at Board level which then get cascaded throughout the business and budgets that are assigned to meet these goals. Without expert technical advice at the leadership level the business may be misjudging their ability to achieve certain technical goals. By having a vCTO in place, you’ll have a technology expert who can use their industry and technical experience to provide strong guidance on the feasibility of implementing business solutions.


You're in good hands

Yes, quite a few of our clients in Edinburgh have taken up our vCTO offering and have continued to make use of the service, finding the technical governance and leadership it provides bringing value way beyond its cost. The results have been dramatic and have allowed these companies to take on much more ambitious digital transformation projects than they would otherwise have felt comfortable with. We have helped companies successfully recruit internal IT teams and outsource development to third parties. In either case the deliverables have been closely aligned to the business goals and have delivered rapid change in short incremental cycles of software development Sprints. 


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