Is there a case for Virtual ICT Directors?
By john L. Evans
First Posted July 21, 2017
With Computers and Systems and Broadband, the Internet, Cloud, Digital, Mobile, and so on, and so on, all becoming ubiquitous, inexorable and inextricable components of doing business today, and with Sales and Marketing and HR taking control of some of the company’s most important and valuable assets, activities and budgets, companies of every size, shape and form could benefit from the help and expertise of an ICT [Information and Communications Technology] Director; if only they could afford one.
An ICT Director can help identify needs and the solutions to meet them, and manage the changes required to implement those solutions:
- move data, connect to suppliers, customers, professional service providers, Government; Local, Regional, National and even International;
- acquire the necessary tools, avoid bad advice and over eager sales reps, and most of all, avoid getting locked into lengthy onerous contracts and being ripped off for years to come;
- break out of unwanted, unnecessary, inappropriate, expensive, inefficient, unresponsive, inadequate existing arrangements;
- take control of data, costs, functionality, outcomes and decisions:
- use professional programme management aids, knowledge and expertise to manage change, protect from risk, and quickly resolve issues;
- ensure the right techniques &/or methods are employed:
- stay abreast of advances in technology and competitor activity.
You need someone who understands how your business works; can analyse and define requirements, identify solutions; knows the “ins and outs” of the seemingly black arts of digital computing and can help you buy and manage the things you need to flourish, be effective, efficient, legal, successful and profitable.
Whether it’s a Small, Medium or Large organisation, if you need a leader in ICT but cannot justify the expense, nor do you have the workload for a full time Director, consider a “Virtual Director of ICT” (VICT)?
A good VICT should bring skills, knowledge and expertise of a CTO, Chief Technical Officer and / or CIO, Chief Information Officer.
A good VICT should be able undertake and manage the work necessary to provide you with the solutions you need and the skills needed to operate them without the cost and overhead of a full time employee.
Your VICT could sit between you and your ICT suppliers of equipment and services, protecting you from double-speak and jargon, and provide you with a plain language interpretation.
Affordability comes from balancing the business case for retaining a VICT, with payment for results, remuneration for time, materials and disbursements, expenses. Payment might take the form of equity, regular fees over time; the key word is flexibility; you get what you need, and pay for what you use, at a fraction of the cost of a full time director, with accountability, continuity and commitment; and because your VICT is a specialist in their field, understands yours, an is driven and rewarded for results, you get fantastic value for money, moreover, because your VICT is independent, you can have a high degree of confidence in their integrity, advice and guidance,
John L. Evans FCMI, FlC, FBCS CITP, MCIPS
© John L. Evans July 2017
John Evans is an independent advisor in the selection, acquisition, implementation, commissioning, development and operation of Digital, Computing and Commination Systems, a Director of EXECS LTD. and has worked in many countries in many roles.
He is a:
- Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute FCMI.
- Fellow of the Institute of Consulting FIC.
- Chattered IT Professional Fellow of the British Computer Society FBCS CITP.
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply MCIPS.
He has worked for and with, advised and changed organisations in:
- Utilities Infrastructure (Transport, Telco, Power, Energy, Water, Gas, Storage, Distribution and Transportation, Metering, Generation, Wholesale, Retail, Customer Services, etc.)
- Retail (Bricks and Clicks)
- Financial Services (Investment Banking, Fl/FX, Life, General, Wealth, etc.)
- Automotive (Manufacturing, Finance, Sales, After Market, etc.)
- Telecoms and Networking
His expertise includes:
- GeneralManagement / Direction
- Troubleshooting / Turnaround
- Portfolios, Projects and Programmes (£100M+)
- People and Change, Operating Models
- Purchasing, Procurement (£500M+)
- Supply Chain
- Bids and Tenders (RFQ, ITT, etc.)
- Commercials, contracts, negotiation, dispute resolution
- In / outsourcing
- M&A, integration, divestment, unification, consolidation, rationalisation, restructure
- Due Diligence
- Business Relationship and Stakeholder Management
- Business Development
- Raising Capital
- ICT / Telecoms
He would be happy to consider Retained, Virtual, Interim, Contract, or Permanent, Full or Part-time roles in the UK, Europe, or perhaps even farther afield.
He lives near Warwick, in the UK, and is an UK/EU Citizen, and has no problems with travelling.
You can contact him:
- +44 203 051 3370
- +44 7957 190 186
© John L. Evans 2017