Interim CIO Support

Short or long-term board level IT support

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The role of technology in a business has increased enormously in terms of its complexity, but also in terms of its strategic importance.  In large enterprise organisations the Chief Information Officer (CIO) now sits at board level, specifically to manage investment in IT and to ensure that technology serves the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Many mid-market organisations cannot afford the luxury of a full-time in-house CIO to guide the strategic direction of their business.  Often the responsibility for IT sits with a board member who may not have the necessary experience or expertise to do the job.

How Acora can help

acroavCIO is a cost-effective service that fills the gap for businesses that want enterprise-class IT and expertise but do not find it commercially viable to employ these skills internally.

Develop strategy
Our consultants can validate, enhance or create your IT strategy, placing the emphasis on sustainable IT initiatives that align with objectives from the Executive and wider business.

Deliver strategy as interim CIO
With roadmaps established, we can assist in delivery of the strategy should you require. We can provide your organisation with a senior Executive to serve as an interim CIO/IT leader within your business or a mentor, extending your in-house team with short mid-term talent.

acoravCIO is designed to be flexible. You select the service that best matches your requirements, work with us to define the outcome to measure success against and select your preferred engagement method.

IT Strategy – validation, enhancement or creation

  • Stakeholder workshops/meetings
  • Gap analysis of current IT provision
  • Acora IT strategy report with structured roadmap of recommendations
  • Executive presentation of findings and recommendations

Delivering & embedding IT strategy

  • Solutions/enterprise architecture (e.g. target state specification and migration approach)
  • IT operation support/management (e.g. leadership, mentoring, change management)
  • IT governance (e.g. change requests, prioritisation and security and compliance guidance)
  • IT acquisition ( e.g. acquisition process (RFP) and business case development)

Just some of our recent engagements

Length of engagement – 18 months

Industry – Water purification


  • Improved business engagement
  • Published Global IT blueprint
  • Completed procurement process for a Global ERP
  • Delivered common Global productivity platform
  • Established IT Governance forum

Length of engagement – 12 months

Industry – Research


  • Completed procurement process for a Global ERP
  • Delivered new productivity platform
  • Business change management
  • Defined and transitioned to new IT operating model
  • Assumed interim IT leadership, reporting directly to CEO.

Length of engagement – 2 months

Industry – Fashion


  • Engaged key stakeholders from across the globe
  • IT operations assessment report
  • Risk assessment UK HQ IT infrastructure
  • Executive presentation of findings & key recommendations
  • Shared services model review

Acora added the experience and capacity we needed during a period of intensive change. They were instrumental in driving the IT vision to support the sustained growth ambitions of our investors.

Robert Bell
CFO, Waterlogic (2012-2016)

A fantastic experience with Acora, they quickly understood our culture, offerings and journey. They have delivered a digital transformation plan that the board were happy to sponsor. The quality of the RfP process was extremely good, with high confidence that our customer portals and visualization will showcase our unique data.

Leigh Webb
CEO ISC Research

“Acora very quickly understood our business demands from IT and the challenges following a period of sustained growth. They garnered the respect of the team with their approach and recommendations, which were clear and practical.

Samir Hasan
Finance Director, Hugo Boss UK

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