If you want executive-level experience that fits your budget, then a fractional Chief Information Officer (CIO) might be the perfect solution. Fractional executive services are becoming increasingly more popular in the nonprofit sector, as they allow organizations to harness the power of executive wisdom at a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive.
But how do you know if you should hire a fractional CIO? To help you determine if it’s the right choice for your organization, we’ll answer some of the more commonly asked questions about fractional CIO services, such as:
Let’s dive in.
In general, a CIO oversees a nonprofit’s information technology (IT). They direct all processes, teams, technologies, and anything else that has to do with IT. For example, CIO roles and responsibilities might include:
The number one priority of a CIO is to ensure their organization is properly linking its mission with the ever-changing technological landscape. This largely comes down to aligning internal IT goals to support the organization as a whole, along with making critical business decisions influenced by the CIO’s background and unique skill set.
And for a fractional CIO, the priorities remain largely the same. However, nonprofits have a bit more flexibility with the fractional executive model and where to focus the efforts of their part-time CIO. Let’s take a look at how fractional CIOs direct their professional energy.
When you’re paying a CIO on a part-time basis, you’ll want to center their work on high-priority IT issues. If those high-priority issues are not clear to you, your fractional CIO can also provide guidance on which areas need the most attention. Fractional CIOs are quite handy in certain scenarios, like:
No, not all organizations will need a CIO to survive. But to thrive? That’s where a CIO truly makes their mark. Considering how dependent we are on technology as a society, nonprofits these days have to be tech savvy, even those that don’t have technology-oriented missions. This is why all organizations can benefit from the expertise of a CIO.
The great thing about the fractional CIO model is that it’s so accessible. Nonprofits can use fractional executive services as much or as little as they need (or can afford). So if you find that your technology management is lacking, but the budget has little room for a full-time tech executive, a fractional CIO can fill that gap for an affordable, part-time cost.
Really, any time is a good time to hire a fractional CIO. A good CIO should be able to walk into an organization at any point in its journey and offer sage advice and suggestions for growth. For example, here at Computers in Ministry (CIM), we’ve set up different fractional executive service packages to assist nonprofits in a variety of ways, such as:
Our team at CIM fully customizes each package to ensure your organization is getting the most out of our CIO services. Contact us today, and we can discuss how a fractional CIO can meet the unique needs of your nonprofit.