Good technology underpins the success of a modern accountancy firm. Beyond the obvious need for systems that are reliable and secure, practices increasingly recognise that technology can return benefits at a scale beyond that of any other investment because it can affect and improve so many aspects of operations and client service.
Most firms lack a senior resource to lead their technology function with authority. They want someone with the technical expertise to make good decisions, who can manage unruly and wilful vendors, but who can also communicate in plain English to the whole practice – this is not easily achieved.
Some firms appoint a full-time Chief Technology Officer (CTO) but the cost and commitment this represents are considerable and beyond the appetite of most practices.
A better approach
As an affordable alternative, we can provide you with a “fractional” CTO to fulfil this role, in much the same way as you might act as a fractional CFO for some of your clients.
They are specialists, experienced in the accountancy sector, the needs of firms like yours, and the dynamics of working with you and your partners at an executive level.
With our service, you minimise cost, management overhead and employment commitment and associated risk, while still gaining access to effective advice on the latest platforms, systems and technologies.
Our Associates are further supported by a diverse and talented collection of reliable consultants, available as needed if further or more specialist skills are required.
Who are we?
We are the largest and most experienced provider of independent technology advice and leadership to accountants in the UK.
We act for more than 20 of the top-60 practices in the UK, as well as seven of the top-20 largest associations and networks.
JHA was formed and is led by Jeremy Hyman, a thought-leader and well-known commentator on the best use of technology at professional service firms.
What we will do for you
- Introduce a professional framework for managing technology, change, and projects
- Assess your current status, and agree your immediate and long-term goals
- Identify the changes and projects needed to achieve those goals
- Manage procurement, suppliers and internal staff to ensure those goals are achieved
- Keep stakeholder audiences informed with regular and clear communications
Wherever possible, we will guide and instruct your internal resource and external vendors – our job is to lead and improve.
Where appropriate, we can undertake additional operational work, and this will be reflected in our fee.
How you will benefit
IT for the sake of IT will become a thing of the past, and partners will have access to an accountable and comprehendible senior resource on demand.
IT management will move from being a mystery to being subject to the same accountability, scrutiny and manageability as every other department.
You and your team will have clear regular communications, in plain English, showing activities and projects completed, underway or planned, along with actual spend versus budget and resource requirements, so that you will clearly understand and benefit from your technology investment.
Our cost-effective and expert-led service is the ideal solution for a wide range of accountancy practices, both large and small. Can you afford to miss out on this opportunity to maximise your investment in innovation?