Business Magazine

The Temporary CIO: The Role of the Interim CIO

Posted on the 23 July 2014 by Litcom
  • Date: July 23, 2014
  • Posted by Litcom Team
  • No Comments
  • Category: IT Management
The temporary CIO: The role of the Interim CIO
IT Management Litcom
Many organizations in transition find themselves in a situation where short term and long term technology needs are unclear. They may have an unexpected CIO vacancy, or the business has chosen to make a change. The result is a void in IT leadership and a potential slowdown in key IT initiatives.
Consider some additional situations below where the role of an Interim CIO would benefit an organization:
  • Sudden departure of current IT Executives (CIO, CTO, or VP Information Technology) due to resignation or dismal for poor performance
  • If companies are changing IT direction and current IT leader is unable to make transit
  • When your business is too small to need a full time CIO
  • To help monitor an up and coming IT leader and assist in grooming for CIO role
What are the direct benefits to an organization that brings in an interim CIO in order to fill a required gap (see situations above)?
Expertise. Your organization receives the expertise of a top-level professional whose real-world experience and unbiased view of best practices and vendors can make your IT department more productive and efficient.
Focus. You can focus on taking your business to the next level, knowing that your challenging IT decisions are being expertly handled.
Cut costs. By avoiding the salaries, benefits, bonuses and other perks often required to attract and retain in-house CTO’s and CIO’s, you are able to significantly reduce costs.
Interim CIOs are prepared and experienced to perform all strategic functions of a CIO. Their responsibilities may include:
  • Managing IT staff, vendors, contracts, budgets and IT assets
  • Designing IT process, standards, methodologies, plans, strategies, sourcing and procurement
  • Providing industry knowledge specific to your industry
  • Providing specific application knowledge (e.g., financials, HR, CRM, work management, data warehousing)
  • Representing the organization’s technology interest at the executive level
Interim CIO services present a flexible and innovative solution to organizations experiencing an unexpected or planned CIO vacancy. An interim CIO will step into the void, quickly assess the current situation and desired future state, and collaborate with business leaders to implement an IT Strategic Plan, participate in the permanent CIO search and selection process, and execute the transition plan.
A Perfect Arrangement for Small, Mid and Large Sized Businesses
Technology is constantly changing and, in order to keep up, companies need to have a reliable person help them make the right choices. Outside observers can often identify problems that other members of your team may not notice. If your business is growing, there’s a good chance your IT needs are expanding in proportion. For many small businesses, hiring a full-time CTO or CIO is not financially feasible. Outsourcing this role, however, provides an affordable alternative for businesses that need an expert to drive IT strategy without the significant costs typically associated with executive-level IT professionals.

The Litcom Approach
Want to learn more? Litcom has a team of experienced executives ready to perform all strategic functions of a CIO. We specialize in cases where an interim CIO is needed to build the foundation for a smooth transition to a permanent CIO. For more information on our services, please check out

Find out more about Litcom services

Contact Us

News Categories

  • Enterprise Security
  • ERP Optimization
  • Information Security Health Check
  • Information Security Program Development
  • IT Assessment
  • IT Management
  • IT Strategy
  • Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Post Merger Integration
  • Procurement Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • SharePoint Solutions
  • Threat Risk Assessment & Penetration Testing
  • Uncategorized
  • Vendor Selection


  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • October 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • June 2011
  • May 2011

Stay Connected

265 Rimrock Rd., Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M3J 3C6
phone: 905 763 8900
fax: 905 763 8233
email: [email protected]

Recent Posts

  • The temporary CIO: The role of the Interim CIO
  • 5 Ways the cloud is reinventing the CIO role (an Infographic)
  • A PCI Compliance overview

Reference Links

IT Assessments

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog