IT Strategy & Leadership Services

Answerport’s strategic IT advisors assist in identifying opportunities to align your IT delivery capabilities with your business objectives. This process identifies the required IT architecture, application portfolio, IT organization, enabling technologies and governance required to move your business forward, remain competitive, and sustain a higher level of performance.

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You will receive guidance from IT leaders with real-world skills and front-line IT experience. Our pragmatic approach helps our clients define and achieve their strategic business goals and IT targets. Our experienced advisors bring over 25 years of IT experience and success in the manufacturing, consumer products, business services, high-tech, health care, and professional services industries.

Answerport advisors bring a unique blend of pragmatism and experience to help our clients achieve their strategic business objectives by leveraging appropriate technologies.

IT Advisory Services assist our Private Equity clients and their portfolio companies with:

  • Information Technology (IT) strategic planning.
  • Assessing operating practices and target areas to provide operational stability.
  • Assessing technology capabilities to identify areas for future enhancement or rationalization.
  • Application portfolio planning.
  • Systems/software integration planning.
  • ROI and cost/benefit analysis (e.g., Business Case).
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Providing management and mentoring for internal IT staff.
  • Infrastructure and security assessments.
  • Organizational alignment.
  • Developing strategies to address capability gaps identified in an assessment.
  • Identifying key metrics and measurements to drive accountability.

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Interim CIO Services

Answerport Interim CIO’s assist private equity firms, boards of directors, and portfolio company senior executives when temporary critical vacancies exist, or assistance is needed with managing specific transitions within their companies.  These transitions may be due to carve-outs, tuck-ins, general strategic realignment, or other major transactions. This role can be supplemented with additional IT services offered by Answerport to create a turnkey IT package that can provide immediate benefits to your organization.

Fractional IT Leadership

In situations where a full-time Answerport Interim CIO is not required, our clients can leverage those capabilities on a “Fractional” or part-time basis. We work with each of our clients to determine the extent of the need and then tailor an approach, so the client has strategic IT operations covered on a part-time basis. Our clients receive the benefit of an experienced advisor that fits within a budget appropriate for their organization.

Choose the services that make sense for you. Some of the areas that we can tailor to your needs are as follows:

  • Establish accountability of the IT Organization through creation of a governance model via a Steering Committee, as well as by participating in Executive Team meetings.
  • Perform tasks such as proposal review, capital oversight, business case development/ROI modeling, and team mentoring.
  • Creation and/or alignment of an IT strategy.
  • Prepare Capex and Opex budgets aligned to IT strategy.
  • Perform project reviews on in-process and upcoming projects for alignment with business areas.
  • Review IT organization alignment to business operations and strategic project delivery. Recommend organizational changes as needed to better execute operational and strategic demands of IT.
  • Establish KPIs via dashboards and metrics to measure changes made and quickly adjust where necessary.
  • Serve during times of major organizational change in management or strategic acquisition/divestiture.

We offer you the overall flexibility to customize an approach to meet your unique needs.

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After discussing your specific needs, we can recommend an approach based on our experience, so your needs are met within a value proposition that is designed for your organization.