CTO as a Service
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TECHWYNS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
CTO as a Service: what we can help you with
Hire top interim CTOs and part-time CTOs.
We have CEOs and management from top companies and start-ups work.
Our Developer Screening Process
Excellent technical communication: TechWyns developers must possess strong written and verbal communication skills. They work effectively across multiple collaboration tools and convey complex engineering ideas and concepts with ease. 7.4%pass rate
Core skills and algorithms: Each developer is required to demonstrate their computer science fundamentals, problem-solving ability, and technical aptitude to a panel of leading experts. 3.6%pass rate
Proactive problem-solving: TechWyns developers are skilled at tackling roadblocks creatively and independently. Each candidate is live-screened by two top developers where they have to offer multiple paths to the solution and make decisions on the spot. 3.2%pass rate
End-to-End project execution: Our developers deliver a test project to completion, demonstrating their skills across ideating, scoping, implementation, and problem-solving. 3%pass rate
Continued excellence: TechWyns developers are expected to maintain a perfect track record while working with clients. We assess our talent after every engagement to ensure our standards for excellence were met.
What is the difference between a full-time CTO and CaaS?
A CTO as a Service is not much different from a permanent CTO when it comes to the responsibilities it holds within the organization.
Overall, both have to offer support throughout the end-to-end software development process and other tech-related queries by creating the software architecture, articulating a well-defined strategy and a budget to activate it, suggesting the right tech stack for your project, streamlining the workflow through automation where possible and ensuring top quality standards.
Though similar in terms of responsibilities, an important differentiator when hiring an external CTO is the team it brings and specifically the combined seniority of each member and overall versatility of the entire group.
You basically get to collaborate with a synergic group of experts that have worked before on many digital products ranging from different industries, which makes their collective knowledge an asset to any startup.
CTO plays a key role in the venture of an IT company. He acts as the face of technology for the company. In addition to the technological knowledge, he must possess the following skills to become successful in his role.
- Leadership Skills: CTO should be an efficient leader to motivate the employees, fill confidence and inspire them to achieve business goals
- Communication Skills: He should be able to express the business ideas, vision and goals to his team members as well as stakeholders who are from non-technical backgrounds. Good communication skills will enhance the team’s effectiveness
- Decision-making: Being the tech-leader of the company, a CTO should be able to make important decisions regarding technology selection, resource allocation, outsourcing services and changing the third-party vendors
- Strategic Thinking: CTO should have the ability to forecast the future needs of the company in terms of short, medium and long term goals. He should be able to lead the team in the right direction with a common goal in mind
- Mentoring: CTO’s responsibility is to provide the team with mentorship. He should look out ways in helping the team to grow both with their code and professionally
- Willing to learn: He should be up-to-date with the emerging technologies & trends and should possess skills such as curiosity and willingness to learn new technologies
- Time Management: He should have good time management skills since he is responsible to set tasks and deadlines for the team
Most of the CTOs have started their career after pursuing an engineering degree in software development or computer science. Apart from these skills, it is necessary to gain experience working on positions such as developer, technical lead and architect. Strong technical knowledge, experience and interpersonal skills can create a perfect CTO and bring success to your business. A Virtual CTO provides CTO services for those companies lacking technical knowledge, decision-making capabilities but have a good idea and are not aware of its implementation.
CaaS responsibilities in startups/ SMEs usually include the following:
- Define a clear roadmap and avoid costly aberrations
- Build software architecture
- Advice on the upcoming technologies and select the proper technology stack for the product
- Develop corporate strategy regarding infrastructure and capital to achieve business goals
- Design and optimize the workflow for the company
- Mentor the team and help them to improve their skills
- Helps in building the team by hiring new resources
- Fill technical gaps while company searches for a right candidate
- Focus on the target markets of the business and deploy IT projects to support customer experiences
- Able to solve the technical related issues
- Develop a business plan by estimating costs and timelines for the company’s technology development and deployment
- Provide expert suggestions on the development platform for your business
- Helps you determine whether to outsource development by hiring dedicated engineering teams or build an in-house team
- Establish quality standards for software architectures, coding conventions, documentation requirements, and quality assurance processes at the very beginning of your project
- Ensure your business scales with growth and survives investors’ technical due diligence reviews
- Provide technological recommendations for the app you have already developed but the technology is out of date
- Provide advice on tech-related issues
CHIEF DATA AND OPERATING OFFICER“The difference between the CDO and CIO in my mind is quite clear, and I often use the analogy of the bucket and the water,” Carruthers says. “The chief information officer is responsible for the bucket. They’re responsible for making sure that the bucket is the right size, that there are no holes in it, that it’s safe, and that it’s in the right place. The chief data officer is responsible for the fluid that goes in the bucket, comes out of the bucket, that it goes to the right place, that it’s the right quality and the right fluid to start with. Neither the bucket nor the water work without each other.”
Chief data officer responsibilitiesWhile the chief data officer role was initially focused on compliance and data governance, IDC’s State of the CDO Survey, conducted between February and April 2020, found many chief data officers are now also responsible for using data to drive business outcomes. IDC found that 80 percent of the top KPIs used to measure chief data officer performance are business-oriented. According to IDC, chief data officer responsibilities include:
- Governance: Advising on, monitoring, and governing enterprise data
- Operations: Enabling data usability, availability, and efficiency
- Innovation: Driving enterprise digital transformation innovation, cost reduction, and revenue generation
- Analytics: Supporting analytics and reporting on products, customers, operations, and markets
The VP Engineering role traditionally includes multiple aspects:
- Personnel management – for small teams (up to 10 FTE), the VP Engineering is the direct supervisor of the technical staff. For larger teams (> 10 FTE), the VP E often manages contributing engineering managers, who serve as the direct supervisor of the technical staff. For teams at scale (> 100 FTE), the VP E’s direct reports will typically be senior level engineering directors, who in turn manage engineering managers.
- Program management and engineering execution – the VP Engineering is responsible for ensuring that the product vision is realized through excellence in execution. There is typically an overall program plan that incorporates all inter-dependencies between functional disciplines (e.g. mechanical, electrical, controls, software), which in turn is a part of a company program plan that incorporates inter-dependencies between departments (e.g. engineering, marketing, business development)
- Technical leadership – the VP Engineering is responsible for co-developing the technical strategy with the CTO, and for developing and maintaining a technical roadmap that will continue to innovate from a technical standpoint. The VP Engineering may personally serve as a systems architect, or may assign another engineer to assume that role.
- Strategy development – the VP Engineering serves as part of the senior staff, working in an interdisciplinary manner with their peers in other departments (e.g. VP Marketing, VP Business Development, VP Manufacturing and Ops) as well as the CEO, CTO, and COO (if present) to develop company strategy and product strategy.
The VP Engineering is traditionally responsible for managing the annual bottom-up budget for the engineering department, which is often the biggest cost center for a technology-based startup. This includes: headcount, consulting spend, prototyping costs, equipment cost, travel and entertainment, professional development, patent costs and more.
When should a startup bring on a VP of Engineering?
Great founding teams usually sport multiple co-founders with complementary backgrounds – usually, a hacker, a hustler and a designer make a good starting team. At this point in the startup’s lifecycle, the hacker or CTO is typically the only technical guru on board. The hacker / CTO usually serves as an individual contributor, in addition to leading a growing team of technical staff.
As the startup moves past seed stage and starts to hire employees, the hacker/CTO’s role starts to evolve. Once the headcount for the company goes past 15 or 20, the project and people management aspects of the job will start to dominate. Eventually the hacker/CTO might realize they are doing a lot of things that they don’t love (e.g. project and people management) and not spending time on the things that they do love (e.g. technical explorations). This is the time when startups ought to begin to think about bringing on a VP of Engineering.