"Leadership is the Capacity to Translate Vision into Reality"
-Warren G. Bennis
Every organization, no matter how big or small, deserves to have technology guidance. Some organizations are fortunate enough to have on staff IT. Other organizations outsource their tech needs. Regardless of where your organization falls you deserve to know that your technology needs are receiving the highest level of attention. Don't leave your most important decisions in the hands of anyone other than an expert.
There are ten Federal CIO Competencies. Anyone offering CIO services should be focusing on those ten competencies: Acquisitions, Architecture & Infrastructure, Capital Planning & Investment, Leadership Management, Performance & Results Based Management, Policy, Process Improvement, Security & Information Assurance, Strategic Planning, and Technology Assessment. We run our CIO for Hire services off of these core competencies. That is the right decision for all of our partners.
Not all organizations require a CIO. In fact most organizations are nowhere near big enough for a CIO. That doesn't mean those organizations don't need some of the same attention. We will guide your organization in the way it needs guided regardless of your size. If it's simply Project Management, E-Business, or aligning your technology needs to industry standards we are here to help. Don't put this decision on the back burner because you feel you are too small of an organization.
Appleridge Technical Services has a very broad background in all areas of Management. Although most engagements are on the Technology side we also specialize and actively seek Operational Management roles. We have previously served from the General Manager level to Middle Management. We understand the importance of all levels of management and strive to make your organization rise to the top. If you have needs outside of Technology let's talk today.
Business Acquisitions and Mergers affect all parties involved. We want to help make the Technology transition smooth. Creating an inventory of assets, making a transition plan and executing that plan are just the beginning of a successful move.
Get a full inventory of all your assets. See how they are all connected and working together. Address gaps in backup and do proper Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) planning. One of the most important parts of IT that is all too often overlooked.
We will help you develop a comprehensive budgeting strategy for IT. This includes both the Operating Expenses (OPEX) and Capital Expenses (CAPEX). Additionally we can help research and locate grants that might be of use to the organization.
E-Business is much more than traditional E-Commerce. We help you with your cloud, website, communication, e-commerce and other emerging electronic technology needs. The emergence of remote work has put a stronger emphasis on this important technology strategy.
We will concentrate on three key concepts: setting the technology direction of the company, aligning the organization to the future vision, and motivating the organization to meet the future vision. These concepts will be key in a smooth transition and ultimately success.
Analytics are key to guiding businesses in todays data driven world. Establishing KPIs, dashboards, and properly aligning reporting are key to making timely decisions. We will evaluate the tools and solutions you already have available to meet your needs. Industry leading solutions can be introduced if needed.
IT Policy is the foundation for what you do, how you do it and how extenuating circumstances are dealt with. IT Policy doesn't have to be restrictive to be effective. IT Policy should be comprehensive enough to align the direction of technology use within an organization.
How are you utilizing your resources? How do you incorporate training to drive improvement? Do you engage in Business Analysis to assist with ongoing projects? Sometime you have to be creative to drive improvement while managing the day to day.
All projects go through three distinct phases: Planning, Execution and Completion. How well do you do it though? If you are struggling in any of these areas we can help you figure out why. Planning is the key to everything and essential to a successful project.
Gaps in security is the single biggest threat organizations face. Not deploying tools that protect your organization or trusting in subpar solutions are setting you up for failure. Please do not become the next headline for something preventable.
The IT Strategic Plan should be in alignment with the goals of the Corporate Plan. If no formal Strategic Plan exists one can be created and updated in coordination with the Corporate Plan. The Strategic Plan should be one that aligns not divides, guides technology relationships and be updated regularly.
What do you really have from a technology standpoint? We can help you figure that out. The assessment can be as comprehensive as makes sense for your organization. It is essential you understand what you have before you can make decisions on how you will move forward.