Green and growing companies are focused on a specific mission, and usually it's not IT.
-- Determining specific needs of start-up companies
-- Locating suitable solutions which can be implemented speedily
-- Utilizing outsourced and cloud-based applications where appropriate
-- Acting as a support advocate for the company when dealing with manufacturers and vendors
With someone dedicated to looking after information systems, as the company stretches upward and blooms, IT needs will already be mapped out and ready to go as needed.
Business and Account Management
The job of keeping people moving isn't as glamorous as developing a hot new product, but it's necessary to keep the doors open and bring in the revenues.
-- Establishing and building brand awareness
-- Creating branding solutions
-- Designing customer feedback mechanisms
-- Managing technical specialists and engineers
-- Meeting with a wide variety of clients to ascertain and evaluate needs and wants
-- Translating client needs/wants into solid technical proposals
-- Analyzing RFPs and RFIs to "read between the lines" to determine true needs/wants/challenges/issues.
-- Creating winning responses to RFPs and open bids
-- Establishing technical documentation standards and procedures
-- Generating deal closing solutions and proposal documents
It is vital to remember that a management team must not just work IN the business, they must also work ON the business.
Merging two corporate cultures together is difficult at best; merging two sets of systems, even worse.
-- Designing post M&A systems integration strategies
-- Creating and executing tactical plans for post M&A systems integration
-- Coordinating employee communications during integration projects
A properly designed systems integration plan can make even the most complex merger easier. A poorly designed systems integration plan can bring down the simplest merger.