A virtual Chief Information Officer offers IT expertise in a cost-effective way that works for small and medium-sized businesses.
Preparing your company for the future while keeping IT operations going every day is a tough job. As you’re juggling responsibilities, important issues can fall through the cracks. A virtual Chief Information Officer offers IT expertise in a cost-effective way that works for small and medium-sized businesses.
A Virtual Chief Information Officer, or vCIO, is a contractor or company with the expertise of a CIO without the cost of a full-time officer. Access to a vCIO gives your organization a technology veteran who also knows the importance of business management. A vCIO provides insight that’s crucial when it comes to implementing the right solutions at the right time.
Technology is changing faster than ever. You need a savvy technologist who can help your business leverage available tools to increase revenue while keeping expenses in check. A vCIO gives you that power. Let’s look at the reasons companies are turning to a vCIO approach.
A vCIO has typically worked with several companies and has a fee for what’s around the corner — it’s part of their job. This helps your company choose the right technology. It can give you a decisive edge other the competition.
Employees who work remotely from home or while traveling are part of your mobile workforce. You need processes and systems that support them and give them the flexibility needed to balance work and life responsibilities. Virtual CIOs with telephony expertise can help your company develop a cost-effective Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that saves hundreds of dollars per user per year.
A virtual chief operating officer has the experience to evaluate which “new thing” will produce long-term results for the company. Consummate technologists are always plugged into the latest trends so that you can find solutions that improve your productivity and bottom line. After thoroughly reviewing your corporate vision and goals, they can recommend solutions to help you get there. A vCIO also periodically evaluates the company’s existing systems and puts together a business case to suggest improvements.
No matter how big or small your business is, security is essential to protect the business, its employees and clients. A vCIO oversees data protection, risk assessment, training and third-party security to help reduce the risk of a data breach. They also delegate and oversee identity and access management to eliminate unauthorized access to sensitive data.
Virtual CIOs also spearhead business continuity and disaster recovery as well as special projects aimed at reducing costs.