Fractional CTO

Orhan Doğan, Fractional CTO

If your business doesn’t have a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or if hiring one full-time is too expensive, I can step in quickly to help out. We can work together to build the basics of your technology setup and applications. I’ll also help set up important processes and workflows. Plus, I can assist in putting together a skilled team to make your business strong and independent.

Recruiting and Hiring

Hiring a tech team can be really tough in today’s job market. You might be wondering whether to hire people to work right in your office, or maybe from other countries nearby or far away. Should you use a hiring agency, or get someone on your team to do the hiring? And how do you compete with big companies that pay really high salaries?

I can help you figure all this out. I have a lot of experience in finding, evaluating, and hiring tech teams. I know how to spot the best tech people without spending too much money on hiring. I’ve come up with a special way to check if tech workers have the right skills, so you don’t end up hiring the wrong person, which can be costly.

Here’s more about what I do:

  1. Understanding Your Needs: First, I’ll get to know your company – what you do, what kind of tech work you need, and what your future plans are. This helps in finding the right people who not only have the tech skills but also fit well with your company culture.

  2. Choosing the Right Hiring Strategy: There are different ways to hire – like having people work in your office (on-site), hiring from other countries (offshore), or hiring from nearby countries (nearshore). I’ll help you decide which method is best for you, considering factors like cost, time differences, and communication.

  3. Avoiding Overpaying: Big tech companies often offer very high salaries. I’ll guide you on how to make your company attractive to potential hires without having to match these high salaries. This could be through offering a great work environment, flexible hours, or opportunities for growth and learning.

  4. Using My Hiring Framework: I have a special framework to check if someone is good enough for your tech team. This involves looking at their past work, how they solve problems, and how well they can work with others. This way, you’ll hire people who are not only skilled but also a good match for your company.

  5. Training Your Team to Hire: If you want, I can also train your team on how to hire the best tech talent. This way, even after my job is done, your team will keep bringing in great people.

  6. Follow-Up and Support: After hiring, I’ll stay in touch to make sure everything is going smoothly and to help with any new challenges that come up.

I’ll help you build a strong tech team that fits your budget and company culture, making sure you get great value for each hire.

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Technical and Digital Strategy

I help businesses tackle big challenges in our fast-changing world. Questions like, how do you attract young people as customers? How can your business have a good impact on the world and still keep up with new technology? And how do you adapt to changes and new ideas? Big companies have learned that technology is super important – it’s not just an add-on, but a key part of how they work. I use my experience to make your business plans stronger and ready for the future.

Here’s more about what this service involves:

  1. Understanding the Next Generation: Young people are the future customers. I’ll help you figure out what they like, what they care about, and how they use technology. This helps in creating products or services that they will really want to use.

  2. Setting a Sustainable Purpose: It’s important for your business to do good in the world. I’ll guide you in making a plan that’s not only good for the planet and society but also uses the latest technology. This way, your business does well by doing good.

  3. Embracing Change and Innovation: The world is always changing, especially with technology. I’ll show you how to be open to new ideas and how to change your business in a way that keeps you ahead.

  4. Integrating Technology in Your Strategy: Technology should be a big part of your business plan. I’ll work with you to make sure technology is at the heart of everything you do. This could mean using new software, automating some of your work, or finding new, tech-savvy ways to reach your customers.

  5. Customized Advice for Your Business: Every business is different. I’ll give you advice that’s specially tailored for your business, depending on what you do, who your customers are, and what your goals are.

  6. Long-Term Planning: The world will keep changing, and technology will keep evolving. I’ll help you make a plan that’s not just for today but for the future too, so your business stays strong no matter what comes next.

I’ll help you make a plan that uses technology in smart ways to attract young customers, be good for the world, and be ready for the future. This means your business won’t just survive, but thrive in the years to come.

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Technology Research

Picking the right technology for your business is a big deal. New tech might look good on paper, but sometimes it’s not stable, hard to set up, or it can bring problems you didn’t expect. That’s where I come in. I’ll take a good look at the tech upgrades you’re considering. I’ll talk with experts, chat with engineers, and really get into the nitty-gritty of what your product needs. It’s important to think about the future of this technology – will it keep getting support? Is there a strong community behind it? These things matter a lot because if a technology falls out of use, it can leave you with old, unsupported tech. My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen to your business.

Here’s what I focus on:

  1. Understanding New Tech: I dive deep into the new technologies you’re looking at. I’ll figure out if they’re stable, how they’ll fit into what you’re already doing, and what kinds of risks they might bring.

  2. Getting Expert Opinions: I don’t just rely on what I know. I reach out to experts in the field – engineers and developers who really understand these technologies. This way, we get a full picture.

  3. Focusing on Your Product: Every product is unique. I’ll look at what your specific product needs and see how the new technology can meet those needs.

  4. Thinking Ahead: I don’t just look at the here and now. I think about how the technology will evolve. Will it continue to be supported? Will there be a community of users? We don’t want to pick something that might not last.

  5. Avoiding Outdated Tech: Using technology that gets abandoned can be a headache. It becomes what’s known as ’legacy technology’, and it’s tough to keep using or move away from it. I help you steer clear of this trap.

  6. Making Smart Choices: With all this research, we can make informed decisions. We’ll choose technology that’s not just good for today, but will be valuable and supported well into the future.

My role is to do thorough research to help your company choose the right technology. This way, you can be confident that the tech you use will be beneficial and supported for the long haul.

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Project Management

Handling your projects is something I’m really good at, especially when there’s a lot of money involved (like in projects with budgets over a million dollars). I use tried-and-true methods, whether they’re the standard way or more flexible, modern approaches. Good, clear talking with everyone, having a plan that’s easy to understand and see through, and always having a backup plan are super important. I always focus on keeping things on schedule without going over budget.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Choosing the Right Approach: Some projects work best with traditional methods, while others need a more flexible approach. I’ll figure out what’s best for your project.

  2. Clear Communication: I make sure everyone knows what’s going on. This means regular updates and making sure everyone’s on the same page.

  3. Solid and Transparent Planning: I’ll create a roadmap for your project that’s easy to follow. You’ll always know what’s happening and what’s coming next.

  4. Always Having a Plan B: Things don’t always go as planned. That’s why I always have a backup plan, just in case.

  5. Realistic Time Management: Keeping the project on time is a big deal. I plan carefully to make sure we meet our deadlines.

  6. Tight Control on Costs: Staying within budget is super important. I keep a close eye on spending to make sure we don’t go over.

  7. Adapting to Changes: If things change along the way, I’m ready to adjust our plans to stay on track.

  8. Quality Results: In the end, it’s all about delivering great results that meet your needs and goals.

I take care of all the details in managing your project, from start to finish. You can relax knowing that your project is in good hands, on time, and within budget.

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Innovations Engineering

I can help you create a special part of your company just for new ideas and innovations. Think of it like setting up a mini-company inside your bigger company, focusing on fresh, game-changing ideas. I’m all about technology, entrepreneurship, and thinking in new, creative ways. My main goal is to develop real, practical innovations that can actually succeed in the market. I also think about the big picture – where your company is heading in the long run and how these new ideas fit into that journey. And remember, having a great idea is just the start – making it real is what really counts. That’s why I’m here to help turn these innovative ideas into real products you can sell or use.

Here’s a breakdown of what I do:

  1. Setting Up Your Innovation Hub: I’ll help set up a space within your company that’s all about coming up with and growing new ideas – like a startup within your company.

  2. Focusing on Realistic Ideas: It’s all about ideas that can actually work in the real world. I’ll help you figure out what’s practical and what can really make a difference in the market.

  3. Long-Term Vision: I’ll help you think about where your company is going in the future and how these new ideas can help you get there.

  4. Creative and Out-of-the-Box Thinking: I love thinking in new and creative ways. I’ll bring this approach to your company, helping to spark ideas that are really different and exciting.

  5. Turning Ideas into Products: It’s not just about having good ideas – it’s about making them happen. I’ll be there to help turn these ideas into actual products or services that you can sell.

  6. Guiding Through the Innovation Process: From the first idea to the final product, I’ll guide you through every step, making sure things go smoothly and efficiently.

  7. Matching Innovations with Market Needs: I’ll make sure that the innovations we work on are not just cool but also something that customers will want and need.

I’m here to help your company come up with new, exciting ideas and make sure they’re not just dreams – but things that can actually happen and help your company grow.

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Workflow and Process Setup

Setting up the right way to work and handle tasks in your company is super important, but it’s not one-size-fits-all. Some companies don’t need complex systems like SCRUM, and not all software works best with a single big codebase (monorepo). I’ve worked with lots of different engineering teams and products, so I know a lot about finding what works best for each unique situation. I’m here to help you figure out the best ways to work, not just in engineering, but also in other parts of your company like operations, marketing, sales, and more. This also includes getting the right IT support and infrastructure in place.

Here’s more about what I offer:

  1. Customized Workflow Solutions: Every company is different, so I’ll find the workflow methods that fit your team’s needs and goals. This means looking at how your team works and finding the most efficient way to handle projects and tasks.

  2. Beyond Just Engineering: While my expertise includes engineering workflows, I also focus on other departments. This could be operations, where we make sure everything runs smoothly, or marketing and sales, where we set up processes to sell your product effectively.

  3. Setting Up IT Infrastructure: The right IT setup is key to making these workflows work well. I’ll help you get the technology and tools your team needs to do their jobs well.

  4. Flexible Approach: Not every team needs the same level of complexity. I’ll make sure the solutions are not too complicated or too simple, but just right for what you need.

  5. Guidance and Implementation: I won’t just give you a plan and leave. I’ll be there to help put it into action, making sure everything is set up properly and your team knows how to use it.

  6. Long-Term Support: After everything’s set up, I’ll still be around to offer help and make adjustments as your company grows and changes.

  7. Efficiency and Productivity: The main goal is to make your team more efficient and productive. With the right workflows and processes, your team can do their best work without unnecessary stress or confusion.

My job is to help you find and set up the best ways for your team to work together. This means smoother projects, happier teams, and better results for your company.

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Infrastructure and Architecture

I specialize in creating a strong foundation for your products by designing a solid architecture. This means I make sure the underlying structure of your software is well-built and strong. Also, I ensure that your IT infrastructure – the technology and systems you use – can grow along with your business. I know a lot about cost-effective and reliable vendors and tools, and I can pick the best ones for what you need. I’m also skilled in change management, which means I can guide your company through the process of adopting these new technologies. Working closely with your engineering team, I’ll help set up the core parts of your software and decide on the best standards and practices to use.

Here’s a detailed look at what I offer:

  1. Designing a Solid Software Architecture: I’ll plan out a strong and effective structure for your software. This means making sure it’s built in a way that’s smart, efficient, and can handle growth and change.

  2. Scalable IT Infrastructure: As your business grows, your technology needs to grow too. I’ll make sure your IT setup can expand and evolve as needed.

  3. Choosing the Right Tools and Vendors: There are lots of options out there for technology tools and services. I’ll find the ones that are cost-effective, reliable, and perfect for your specific needs.

  4. Guiding Through Change: Introducing new technology can be challenging. I’ll help your team through the process, making sure everyone understands and is on board with the changes.

  5. Working With Your Engineering Team: I won’t be working alone – I’ll collaborate with your engineers. Together, we’ll set up the basic building blocks of your software and decide how things should be done.

  6. Setting Standards and Best Practices: It’s important to have standards so that everyone’s working in the best way possible. I’ll help establish these guidelines to ensure quality and consistency in your software.

  7. Long-Term Planning: Good architecture and infrastructure aren’t just about today. They’re about setting you up for success in the future. I’ll make sure what we do now will serve you well as your company continues to grow.

I’m here to build a strong technological foundation for your company. This means better software, a more effective IT setup, and a smoother path to growth and success.

Ready to transform your business with expert tech leadership? Learn how I, Orhan Dogan, can drive your success as your Fractional CTO. Visit my services page now ☞

Vendor Evaluation and Procurement

When you have a small or medium-sized business, figuring out which IT vendors to use can be tough. There are so many choices, and a lot of them seem pretty similar. Plus, their prices aren’t always clear. I use a special method to check out what you really need and then look closely at different vendors and what they offer. I’ll do a deep dive to make sure you understand everything about these vendors, like what it means if you get too dependent on one (that’s called vendor lock-in) and making sure there aren’t any surprises when you start using their products.

Here’s what I focus on:

  1. Understanding Your Needs: First, I’ll get to know exactly what your business needs from an IT perspective. This helps in finding the right vendor that matches your requirements.

  2. Researching and Assessing Vendors: There are loads of IT vendors out there. I’ll look into a bunch of them to find out what they offer, how much they cost, and how their products or services could fit with what you need.

  3. Using a Professional Evaluation Method: I don’t just guess. I use a professional way of evaluating vendors. This means looking at their strengths and weaknesses in a systematic way to make a good choice.

  4. Clear Information About Costs and Contracts: I make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. This includes understanding the pricing and what happens if you decide later on that you want to change vendors.

  5. Avoiding Vendor Lock-In: Getting too tied to one vendor can be risky. I’ll help you understand these risks and make choices that keep you flexible.

  6. Smooth Technical Implementation: Once we choose a vendor, I’ll make sure that their products or services work well with your existing setup, so everything runs smoothly.

  7. Making Informed Decisions: With all this information, you can make a smart decision about which vendor to go with. I’ll guide you through the entire process, from start to finish.

I help you choose the right IT vendors for your business, making sure you understand all the details and avoid any problems down the line. This way, you can focus on running your business, knowing your IT needs are in good hands.

Looking for a Fractional CTO? Discover how I, Orhan Dogan, can help your business. Check out my services page ☞

Technical Roadmap

Having a long list of things to do (like enough for a hundred sprints) and lots of people asking for their needs to be met first can be really overwhelming. Also, sometimes important updates and improvements (like refactoring) get ignored, which can cause problems later. I’m here to help you manage your technical roadmap – this is like a plan for all the tech stuff you need to do. I’ll set up a way to handle this plan and make sure everyone who’s involved knows what’s going on. We’ll also make sure your engineering team understands and agrees with these plans, so everyone’s working towards the same goals.

Here’s more on what I do:

  1. Organizing Your Tech To-Do List: I’ll help you sort through everything that needs to be done, prioritize it, and make a clear plan.

  2. Dealing with Different Needs: Lots of people might want different things from your tech team. I’ll help you figure out a fair way to decide what gets done first.

  3. Not Forgetting the Important Stuff: Sometimes, the big changes that aren’t urgent but are really important get overlooked. I’ll make sure we keep an eye on those, like updating old parts of your system.

  4. Setting Up a Framework: I’ll create a structured way for you to plan and track your tech work. This helps in staying organized and focused.

  5. Keeping Everyone Informed: Good communication is key. I’ll make sure everyone who needs to know about the tech plans is kept in the loop.

  6. Getting Your Engineers on Board: It’s important that your engineering team agrees with and supports the plan. I’ll work with them to make sure they understand and are committed to our goals.

  7. Adjusting as Needed: Plans can change, and that’s okay. I’ll be there to help adjust the roadmap if things come up or priorities shift.

I help you make and manage a tech plan that works for your business. This means less stress for you, a clear direction for your team, and making sure you’re ready for the future.

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