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The new CTO – Leading constant change

While most CTOs are well-versed in technological transformation, they now face a new suite of...

A Google search for ‘chief technology officer’ returns a bold definition: ‘They transform a company’.

While most CTOs are well-versed in technological transformation, they now face a new suite of challenges. As technology evolves at a rapid pace, CTOS must be able to stay on top of all the new developments and act as a strategic leader to help the company manage these changes. So how can they help their company thrive in an increasingly uncertain and unpredictable world?

Innovation and organisational agility

Our recent conversations with leadership teams have highlighted a trend­­­­­ – businesses need to become better at rapidly responding to change. That’s why it’s more important than ever for the CTO to keep up to date with emerging technology and improve organisational agility and resilience.

We work with many of the UK’s fastest-growing companies and, regardless of their sector, they always have one thing in common – powerful ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) at their core. This ERP acts as a technological spine, supporting and interconnecting all parts of the business. Some are built from different applications but crucially it is seamlessly integrated, delivering a ‘single version of the truth.’

Securely managing a remote workforce

After COVID-19, remote and hybrid working has become the norm. As such, companies have had to quickly adapt to build capabilities to support a dispersed workforce. This new remote structure has radically shifted the risk landscape, however, creating new cyber vulnerabilities and a far larger attack surface. A core part of our work in recent years has been supporting companies to migrate to a cloud platform to create greater flexibility for the organisation while not compromising on security or data protection.

Your security software might not be the first place you’d expect a potential security risk, but recent events have shown quite the opposite. With international governments recently warning against the use of Kaspersky, many CTOs have been caught off guard and have to rapidly move over many of their systems. That’s why we’re working with CTOs as they re-evaluate their cybersecurity options. As one of the UK’s only CrowdStrike-managed services partners, we have been able to offer a powerful, viable, cloud-native alternative.

Managing costs

Like everyone in the business, CTOs must work to a limited budget and get all of their solutions solved for as little money as possible. Managing these costs is critical for CTOs, and with ‘as-a-service’ models becoming more commonplace, CTOs are now able to build business solutions capable of scaling with the organisation. This means they only need to pay for exactly what the company needs and nothing more and are ready to grow as your company does.

Evaluating your IT partners

Finally, CTOs are they key contact with the company’s IT partner. They have to recognise the importance of a pro-active partner that has proven capability to scan the technology landscape, evaluate vendors and their technical capabilities. This gives reassurance that you are working with only the best products that perfectly match your company’s needs.

 

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