Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic we are all living through at this time, I’ve decided to grow my side hustle into a real business. The name of the company is Transcendent Software. Don’t feel obligated to click through or feel like I’m trolling you for my services. For some background, I originally started this business in 2009 to make some extra money and help some friends with different projects from time to time as things came up. My goal with my career in technology has always been to make the world a better place through the use of technology, so this fit right in with my personal mission statement.
One of the service offerings I am most excited about is a Virtual CIO / Virtual CTO Service. If you are not familiar with this, it is sometimes referred to as vCIO, Fractional CIO, Part-time CIO, or something close to that. The service is geared for small to mid-sized businesses. I would be able to serve as CIO or CTO for several companies at one time. We would agree to a fee and hour limitations, but I could help them out and eliminate the need for a full-time employee when it would be very cumbersome for them to take that salary on. The nice thing is that I would still fulfill every aspect of leading an IT department, but not be as involved in the day-to-day part of the business.
If you’ve been reading me for any time throughout my career and my several attempts at blogs, I have spent the better part of my career as a CTO (Chief Technology Officer). When I wasn’t that, I usually carried IT Manager or IT Director in my title, because the management side was part of my job for almost my entire career.
I started my career as a Software Engineer I, but within a year on the job I was really starting to design our systems, and very shortly after took the title Chief Software Architect. When I was given the responsibility of running the IT department as well, I was then IT Manager / Chief Software Architect and eventually Chief Technology Officer.
So, back to the Virtual CIO / Virtual CTO Service, I am very excited to be offering this service to small to mid-sized businesses. It gives me the opportunity to take what I’ve done for several companies over the years and be able to do it for even more companies in many different industries. I think the role can be applied into any business, even businesses you wouldn’t think would be in need of technology leadership. Another thing I am excited about is that eventually, it will allow me to bring on other resources to do the same role and keep pushing my mission of making the world a better place through the use of technology one vCIO gig at a time! I’m psyched and ready to go!