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Fractional IT Director

​We provide experienced fractional IT Directors on a time basis to suit your firm’s needs, saving the need of employing permanent IT Directors but nevertheless providing firms access to high quality, experienced, technology professionals who ensure the IT environment is aligned to the business’s needs.

We also provide cover for extended periods of leave or to fill gaps when a key director or manager leaves, until a suitable replacement can be recruited. 

Each arrangement is tailored to the needs of the organisation.

Benefits of a Fractional IT Director

  • Improved IT security awareness

  • Managing suppliers to ensure service delivered is as expected

  • Implementing an IT strategy and plan for the firm

  • Providing confidence to a firm's management team that its business plans are utilising IT

  • Overseeing existing IT teams to ensure correct practices are being followed

  • Allowing the management team to focus on day job rather than managing IT

  • Regular solution and contract reviews to ensure the right solutions are being used

  • Confidence in the reliability of IT services and disaster recovery/business continuity plans

  • Ensuring the firm is utilising the investment in IT it has made in IT

  • Reduced cost compared to an experienced permanent IT Director

Our clients often find it useful to have external legal advice on contracts for the purchase of new systems.  We regularly work with Kemp IT Law which has unparalleled experience of negotiating contracts with suppliers of software to professional services firms.  Working together, 3Kites and Kemp IT Law offer a comprehensive service to professional services firms and businesses for their technology requirements.

Fractional IT Directors are also referred to as...

...Outsourced IT Director

...Virtual IT Director

...Fractional CIO

...IT Director as a Service (ITDaaS)

...Part time IT Director

Fractional IT Director recent examples

  • We provided a full-time interim IT Director to a 1,500 people firm to ensure consistency in the delivery of the projects that made up the IT strategy.  This gave the management team confidence that the IT department would continue to move in the agreed direction while the permanent IT Director was recruited.  We continued to provide ongoing support to the new IT Director, with a gradual handover while they familiarised themselves with the new role.

  • We worked with a firm of approximately 50 people to review their IT systems and improve the relationship with the existing IT provider.  Since this engagement we have continued to work with the firm to review their Practice, Case and Document management system and put in place a roadmap for changes.  The firm call on our IT Directors to provide insight, advice and guidance when IT questions arise.

  • Following on from a system selection project, one of our consultants has maintained an ongoing role as an IT Director for a 120 people firm allowing the Partner assigned to IT to focus on running their legal team.  The postholder developed and agreed an IT strategy with the firm’s leadership team and now works alongside the existing IT Team to ensure its delivery, whilst keeping the leadership team aware of progress.  A key element of the ongoing role is to alert the firm’s leadership team to changes to legal IT solutions/landscape so that potential opportunities can be identified and considered as part of the business strategy.

  • We have introduced a flexible IT Director service with a 170 person firm where requirement for an IT Director changed to reflect the projects being undertaken.  What was originally a two day per month engagement has increased to one day per week while the firm undertakes a complete IT refresh and will scale back down once the project is complete.

  • We worked with a new IT Director at a 300-person firm to help it formulate the firm’s IT strategy, provide guidance on team structure and plan an approach to address key IT issues the firm was facing.  We were also able to resource a project management role to help complete a large project implementation that was struggling.

  • Working with a large, national law firm, we helped to bring control and direction ahead of a permanent appointment.  Whilst not wishing to encumber any new appointee with an IT strategy they had not defined, we were happy to create a short term strategy and implement some significant organisational changes such as creating a Project Office to improve work take-on, prioritisation and delivery.

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Vivienne Williams

Managing Partner, BLM

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We have worked with the team at 3Kites since 2009, engaging their consultants on various initiatives ranging from project management to interim IT Director and many others in between. The team has grown over the time that we have worked together but retains the strong values that convinced us to work with them in the first place.  As Managing Partner, I particularly appreciate their no-nonsense, honest approach to work as I know that I can trust them to consider the needs of the business above any software or services provider that we might be working with or considering.  They have a deep understanding of the legal sector and will take the time to get under the skin of our business to identify what is needed - they are happy to roll their sleeves up one day and innovate the next where this is called for.  Trust is a word often used cheaply but here, in relation to 3Kites, it is well deserved.

Areas we work in

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Strategic Audit and Review

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System Review and Selection

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Fractional IT Director