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What is a Fractional CIO/CTO?
A Fractional Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Fractional Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is a part-time executive level role, performing strategic and tactical direction and support for critical business goals. It is based on business acumen, along with a clear understanding of and ability to translate technology to mitigate waste and risk, and maximize opportunity and profit.
CYBER SECURITY - RISK & THREAT MITIGATION
There are a lot of bad guys out there trying to get your data, your money, or access your systems. Ransomware, your customers’ financial information, valuable intellectual property and trade secrets, not to mention your money, all make you a target. Most companies have a very basic, weak security posture.
Don’t be afraid. Be smart!
You probably have the technology and people you need. What’s missing is an understanding of where you are exposed and a plan to overcome the gaps. Our Outside Eyes™ Risk Management Workshop will identify and prioritize your risks and we have engagement options to create a strategic plan to close all your gaps.
Also check out our Outside Eyes™ Security Workshop to review your security concerns, assess your current security posture, and receive smart recommendations tailored to your organization.
CHECKS & BALANCES - STAFF / VENDORS / CONTROLS
Like your accounting department, your IT team includes different skill sets and abilities to contribute value. Unlike an accounting department, most IT teams are incorrectly utilized (and often frustrated). Resource allocation support from an outsourced CIO/CTO helps you understand what kind of talent you have, who you need to hire or find, and how to best deploy it. This includes internal team members AND external vendors. Appropriate structuring creates a natural system of checks, balances and controls to protect your dollars and deliver excellent value.
DISASTER PLANNING - CATASTROPHIC THREATS / BUSINESS CONTINUITY
As part of a complete plan to avoid costly downtime, business continuity plans are simple, strategic and quickly created. They cover the essential elements of a disaster or continuity plan to dramatically accelerate how quickly you and your team are able to get back up to speed after an emergency. NO ONE thinks clearly in the middle of a disaster. 90 minutes worth of planning can save you weeks of frustration and hundreds of thousands of dollars should you experience a catastrophic event.
Learn about our Outside Eyes™ Disaster Recovery Workshop
ASSETS MANAGEMENT - HARDWARE & SOFTWARE
Every organization has tens of thousands of dollars invested in their technology. These are strategic assets; investments that need to be managed. Most organizations are reactive, buying what they “need” when they need it, missing the savings and opportunity of strategic purchasing and thoughtful planning.
INFRASTRUCTURE CONFIGURATION AND ARCHITECTURE
Many organizations grow their technology systems organically. They’re usually not strategically designed to be as efficient and safe as they could be. Part of our Outside Eyes™ Network Health and Infrastructure Checkup is a systems assessment with recommendations for optimization.
TAILORED TECHNOLOGY / CUSTOM DEVELOPMENT
Every solution carries its own set of risks and weaknesses—most significantly, the miracle solution you choose today may become your company’s worst nightmare once you’ve logged 10,000 hours and 23 months worth of data to it. Smart technology decisions are tailored to your organization. Finding them requires clear thinking about how solutions scale, a broad view of the options, and C-suite thinking about R.O.I. and strategy.
DENNIS WHYTE // Managing Director
We wanted an unbiased professional opinion...
We hired Smeester & Associates to help us assess risks and exposure for our network and IT systems. We wanted an unbiased professional opinion to help us gain insight, because we don't know what we don't know. Their assessment reports are extremely helpful and have a lot of valuable information (well worth the investment), but the scan and data gathering was painless. They never talked over our heads, answered our questions thoroughly and always kept us in the loop.
TIM ROOT // President
If you want to sleep at night...
I would recommend Smeester & Associates if you want to sleep at night, if you want a peace of mind and if you want somebody that has your back.