The CIO role is on the rise.
Pursuing digitalization, developing business systems and modern technical solutions is business-critical for all companies and organizations.
“Digitalization will fundamentally change our society. We are facing a gigantic shift in skills.”
An interim CIO may have different responsibilities depending on the business. It is partly about ensuring efficient and functional IT systems, and partly about innovatively developing business systems and strategically planning for future needs and technical development. An experienced Interim Manager set and drive the technical strategy for the organization together with the management and thus acts as an important link between IT and the business.
Read an interview with Björn Ekstedt, prior interim CIO, here.
Nordic Interim collaborates with the most experienced interim CIO:s and IT Managers on the market
IT has increasingly gone from being focused on reducing costs to working close to business and strategy today. A CIO is often part of the management team and as the automation is happening at a high pace, the role will become increasingly important.
Leading in change means that you guide the organization and stakeholders from the current situation to the desired goal in a structured way. Digitalization is often very costly in terms of time, resources, and money, and it is therefore of the utmost importance that change is driven efficiently, long-term, and sustainably.
An interim CIO or interim IT Manager is responsible for leadership, leading out- or insourcing, digitization, conducting procurements and measuring results. He/she is used to manage internal stakeholders, understand the business’s needs, communicate and motivate the team.
Today, an IT Manager or CIO can also assume the role of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) or CDO (Chief Digitalization Officer or Chief Data Officer). As AI develops, the demands on technical functions within the business will also increase and new skills will be needed. An interim CIO can review these needs and prepare the business for the next step.
Read more about when an Interim Manager is the best solution here.
The mission is to drive change as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible
Without the right management, the goals are rarely reached in time and the projects can turn out to be very expensive. A good change leader can get everyone on board and drive effective change while the business continues to run.
The first step in a change process is usually to create a clear picture of the current situation and goal picture. What are the opportunities for both the company and the individual employees? Why are we doing this, how do we do it, when does it happen, and who makes the decisions? are questions that must be answered and communicated often and regularly. Many people experience a change as stressful, and it is therefore very crucial that everyone understands why this happens and how it affects them on an individual level.
The advantage of hiring an interim CIO or interim IT manager
- Roles can be CIO, IT Manager, CTO and CDO
- The business does not have to set aside a resource who also has to carry out his/her usual tasks
- An interim Change Leader is completely dedicated to the assignment
- An interim CIO has successfully made the same journey several times before
- An interim CIO/IT Manager has a documented good leadership
- The transformation is carried out on time and on budget