CTO as a Service

This service is best suited for start-up companies building an MVP solution or businesses wanting to rapidly prototype a new concept. {SD:UK} will work closely with you to identify your project requirements, then recommend IT suppliers who have subject matter experts that can provide expert guidance and support.

  • Expert Guidance
  • Reduce Cost & Risk
  • MVP & Rapid Prototyping

{Find The Right Partner}

Connect with {SD:UK} today to discuss your project requirements and help find the optimal technology partner.

{Access To Subject Matter Experts}

Starting a company is challenging. As a founder you are passionate and excited to build your business into a success. The key challenge for many start-ups is how to build your IT solution that clearly demonstrates the business value? Our CTO as a Service offering provides a viable solution to this problem.

{SD:UK} is focused on helping non-technical stakeholders get started on their product. We work closely with your team to fully understand your product vision and then identify the IT system requirements. Armed with this knowledge the {SD:UK} team research and find IT suppliers that have the necessary in-house subject matter experts to deliver your project. The {SD:UK} team then proceeds to assist project stakeholders with the interviewing, analysis and vendor selection process.

We only recommend suppliers that have a proven track record working with start-ups, delivering MVP solutions and helping businesses secure follow-on investment. We find the perfect technology partner who can understand and translate your vision into a viable IT solution.

{Find A Technology Partner Today!}

The CTO as a Service service is designed to be quick and easy. Simply connect with {SD:UK} and one of our advisors will provide free advice and discuss your options.

SCHEDULE A CALL

Provide an overview of your product vision and select a date/time for a call to discuss.

Exploration Call

{SD:UK} will contact you to clarify your requirements and address any questions.

Receive Quotes

{SD:UK} will contact the top 5 suppliers for your project and request quotes on your behalf.

Review Proposals

{SD:UK} create a report shortlisting potential IT partners and discuss options with founders.

Interview Partner

{SD:UK} work with you to select the optimal IT partner and establish an agreement.

{All In It Together}

The CTO as a Service solution connects business founders with highly qualified IT suppliers who believe in the product and are prepared to go that extra mile to ensure it is a success! Forming a strong partnership is the foundation for any long-term relationship working effectively.

Ultimately a partnership is a team effort, therefore we encourage founders to consider offering equity to their chosen technology partner. Conversely, we also encourage IT suppliers to offer flexible payment plans and reduced rates (where possible) to help the start-up company reach the next milestone.

{SD:UK} help advise founders on how to set out an agreement with their technology partner.

{Find The Perfect Partner}

Let us help you find the perfect partner for your project.

Reduce risk, save money and deliver faster using our software outsourcing matching service.

{Software Outsourcing Frequently Asked Questions}

Provided below is an FAQ to help you understand the CTO as a Service service in more detail. If your question is not covered please feel free to contact us.


At SD:UK we only recommend IT vendors that we know will uphold our reputation as a top-provider of IT services and software development.

We perform lots of background checks on all IT vendors we recommend to ensure they meet our standards. A subset of our in-depth due-dilligence checks include:

■  Feedback and endorsements from previous clients

■  Reviewing certificates and/or qualifications

■  Reviewing cyber security / data protection practices

■  Assessing vendor technical competencies for undertaking projects

■  Ensuring follow and can evidence following industry best practices

When clients outsource IT tasks to us here at SD:UK, they are putting a tremendous amount of trust in our ability to assist them in achieving quality IT results.

Carrying out these essential preliminary tests on all the IT vendors we recommend is just one of the many steps we take to assure clients that their trust is well-placed and that they can confidently rely on SD:UK to get the job done well.

As each business takes a different approach to software development and product testing, there is no set-rule to whether outsourcing is the best approach.

However, if businesses lack a technical understanding of particular areas or software development processes, they may consider outsourcing tasks in this specific domain.

Outsourcing tasks that your in-house team cannot easily manage themselves is often the best way to speed up the software development process, and keep projects within budget and time-scale (through reducing risk).

Engaging with a highly experienced team of developers (as promoted by SD:UK) to execute the software development life-cycle will ultimately create a better end product that surpasses stakeholder expectations.

The process of selecting an IT vendor always calls for an in-depth and extensive analysis of a business’ capabilities prior to selection. Typical questions you should consider asking an IT vendor include:

■ How many years of experience within the managed service business do you have?
■ What are your process and approach? (Do you take a proactive stance towards IT?)
■ How regularly do you communicate with the rest of the team?
■ How can you help with the development of the company’s life-cycle through the adoption of IT?

These conversations should hopefully open up discussions about the client’s broader and project-specific plans and services.  It should also give them a more precise idea of how an IT vendor can help the software development processes.

The SD:UK team simplifies the IT vendor selection process, because we pre-vet candidates by asking all relevant questions.

One of the best ways outsourcing can benefit a business is by massively reducing its’ operating costs. This is particularly true in periods of economic ‘slumps’ or decline.

By outsourcing specific duties, owners can find their labour costs lessen and their functionality and efficiency increase, as core team members can focus on what truly matters.

Outsourcing specific duties such as customer care or feedback management can significantly reduce your running cost, and therefore benefit your business in the long-term.

When outsourcing, it is important to have a detailed project specification listing your requirements. Management can find these requirements in a ‘feature specification document’ (FSD) which sets out all the relevant information about the businesses problems, needs, and expected results.

A detailed FSD document provides both the outsourced software development team with a straightforward guide of what project stakeholders want from their services.

Businesses should put as much detail as possible into their FSD documents for them to be successful. Part of the way that a company may set out their needs within a FSD document would be:

■ Defined the product vision, an overview of the solution to be developed.
■ Detail the “functional” requirements, explaining what the system should do.
■ Detail the “non-functional” requirements, covering system security, reliability, performance topics.

The above lists is far from comprehensive, however it does cover the main topics to be included to enable outsourced development teams to proceed with confidence.

NOTE: the FSD document (if following the widely adopted Agile software development methodology) should “not” cover all requirements. Instead the objective is to provide enough insight into the proposed project for an outsourcing company to understand the vision and begin implementing the solution.

SD:UK provide a business analysis to assist with the requirements gathering process (for more information see out “Fast Track” service).

When building an in-house team of software developers and experts, finding the right staff for each job can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Finding a skilled developer that understands your unique business goals or objectives isn’t always easy. The best developers are those that understand your specific business goals and desired end-user experiences.

If a software developer is unsure about the deliverables of a project, or who it is for, it can lead to a stop-and-start process that can considerably delay the development process.

When you outsource to us here at SD:UK, we carry the burden of finding optimal IT vendors, vetting candidates and putting forward the best team for undertaking your project.

This frees our clients from the obligation of managing the software development activities and lets them focus on the bigger picture – allowing them to achieve their goals faster, and at reduced labour costs.

The most efficient and successful software and web applications are often designed and tested by specialist software providers, as promoted by SD:UK.

This is because we bring specialised skills and resources to the team to develop a company within a particular market area.

Rather than juggling multiple software development methods and approaches, outsourcing the software development process to highly efficient and expertly qualified teams can be a great time-saver and help fulfill your business requirements faster.

Although outsourcing may not be the only way of cost-saving, it is undoubtedly one of the most effective.

This is because businesses that outsource to professional software development experts, get a fully optimised, all-inclusive, and refined customer buying experience.

We provide tailored services around our clients’ specific goals and ambitions. We help connect you with highly qualified suppliers, who have the proven ability to deliver unique and recognisable software solutions that allow you to stand out from the crowd.

When you outsource your IT design and development requirements, you automatically free-up all your internal staff from all things IT.

This allows your internal team to focus entirely on product and software development, rather than deal with things outside their areas of expertise.

Another benefit of outsourcing IT work is that IT teams that we promote, all have access to the most current, updated systems and technologies.

Having the most recent software and technologies at your disposal and software engineers with the know-how to use them, will allow businesses to create a higher-quality end-product.

A fixed-price contract is when a customer pays in advance for the design, development, testing and project management of their project in one lum-sum.

This is a popular option for smaller plans and developments where the customer’s requirements are clear and defined.

Time and materials contracts, or Cost-Plus contracts, are when a project’s price is determined after it has is completed.

Cost-Plus contracts are typically used for software development projects whereby the owner is uncertain of the system requirements, because the project is evolving.

Most software development projects adopt the time and material approach, because the majority of projects are developed using the Agile methodology (which is an evolutionary design process).

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