Technology Strategy Consulting

 Technology is the bedrock of almost every organisation and must be the enabler  to future prosperity. The Analysts view:

“CIOs are increasingly involved in business strategy development, to leverage technology aligned to a Digital business era”.

Leader focus:

  • Establish further Digital credibility
  • Think different about information security
  • Move further into, or establish Machine Learning capability
  • Further carve out the time, resources, and energy for innovation

‘As-Is’ baselining, understanding of the Risk and Opportunity

Gap analysis, ‘planning to meet the future’ modelling and implementation

Shaping the organisations of tomorrow, drawing on huge depths of experience

Digital Transformation

EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION? Organisations are rapidly moving away from outdated understandings, recognising the disruption opportunity and realising the vast potential of a Digitally focused strategy and future.

At Acert we are helping to shape such future outcomes and operating models:

  • Digital Maturity review & Strategy development
  • Digital workplace and transformation programmes, planning and execution

Delivery of target innovations

Big Data

Block Chain

Internet of Things


Cyber Security

For many organisations Data & Cyber Security is currently the most challenging and concerning area of their IT landscape.

With threats coming from both external & internal sources it is imperative that organisations implement and manage appropriate technology  and processes in order to secure their infrastructure and providing the agility and controls needed for the challenges we face today.

Come to Acert for:

  • Audit & compliance to GDPR UK Data Protection legislation, driving improvement & change
  • Infrastructure & web apps, testing, vulnerability scanning, remediation, advanced threat detection
  • Information security management policy design & creation, risk management, governance, compliance & operation to UK & international standards such as ISO 27001, help with Cyber Essentials and PLUS

MIS & Business Intelligence

Astute organisations understand that they have at their disposal a huge asset and massive business efficiency opportunity. Presenting vital, mission-critical information at the point of need and in real time is now available to everyone in key roles – at Acert we can help to achieve it.

Acert will help with:

  • Strategy Consulting & Digital Transformation
  • Design and delivery of solutions, assistance and support
  • Flexible resources able to focus on and deliver change
  • e.g. Power BI, Tableau, Visual Studio


Benchmarking illuminates performance and provides comparative analysis  – be it commercial, contractual or technical.  As the engine-room power of business today, Technology Solutions must perform to  the best of their capability and deliver cost–efficient service to the organisation.

Acert experts are able to:

  • Objectively review and measure capability and performance
  • Potentially determine a business case for contract or solution improvement
  • Develop the required roadmaps, plans and change, design, deliver and assist in their delivery

Governance & Audit

An IT Governance audit evaluates an IT organisation’s strategic and operational alignment with its enterprise’s business strategy, ensuring that IT is supporting the organization’s overall goals while measuring delivery performance and transparently reporting the results. (With credit to Harvard University)

Our role:

  • Review and where needed, enhance Governance principles, processes and assist with ingraining these into the organisation.
  • Auditing of Programmes, Projects, PMO’s, Finance and Processes.
  • Establish a robust and effective governance model for the future, return to ensure that focus is maintained

Flexible Resourcing

As a consultancy business, Acert typically deals in projects, outcomes and results. More and more now we are meeting the need for a blended approach where the requirement is for skills over a period – in some cases in a permanent role. This extends to advisory positions, such as vCIO and Non-Executive Director.

Acert Associates is a professional network of talented people, passionate about what we provide; Associates & Partners are meticulously vetted, known to us and fully inducted in to the Acert family.

  • The provision of Associate consultants, Interim leaders and Permanent role candidates
  • Professional effective resource solutions from a partner you can trust, covering all areas of business and types of role

A resourcing model that adapts to suit your operating model, now and in the future.

Virtual CIO

A service designed for those organisations that need the vision and focus that a CIO brings, delivered in an affordable way by part-time, long-term  and/or ad hoc assignment.

The vCIO does not replace the IT Director or Manager, the roles complement each other and work well together.

An Acert vCIO can provide:

  • Strategy development and Strategic direction, flexibly and affordably
  • A focal point for compliance, security and governance
  • Focus on instilling a ‘High performing, fit-for- purpose, modern’ IT Organisational model that facilitates business growth

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