A Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) is an outsourced technology pro. A vCIO’s services are available at a fraction of the cost of an in-house CIO and transcend traditional IT support by not only managing your technology infrastructure but also:
- Analyzing your current IT to identify gaps and unnecessary expenditures.
- Aligning your business and technology goals.
- Assessing your needs now and into the future to create an IT roadmap.
- Identifying technology trends that could help accelerate your business.
- Addressing industry compliance standards and requirements.
- Protecting your business from cyber attacks and data breaches.
In short, hiring a vCIO can give your business a leg up over your competition. Still not convinced? Read below for 4 reasons that vCIO services are right for you.
You’re a small or medium-sized business.
Large enterprises have the resources to hire and maintain an entire C-suite. That’s just not feasible for smaller businesses, which means as a business owner, you’re probably used to wearing CEO, COO, CFO, and CIO hats (at a minimum). Even though you’re a successful entrepreneur, no one can effectively juggle that many responsibilities. A vCIO’s expertise helps align your business and technology objectives while reducing the number of tasks on your ever-growing to do list.
You’d like to save money.
We get it, every business likes to save money. However, each penny saved goes a lot further for SMBs (especially in today’s economy). Considering that C-level executives, including Chief Information Officers, require benefits and office space while raking in six figures, your business may be searching for an alternative that doesn’t obliterate your bottom line. Opting for a vCIO at an affordable and predictable monthly rate lets you keep more money in your pocket.
You know your business needs technology but aren’t sure where to start (or where to go).
Understanding technology’s important role in business innovation and longevity is vital. Still, it can be hard to identify where and when to invest your IT dollars. This is where a vCIO comes in. A vCIO’s broad knowledge across various industries provides important insights on technology trends. A vCIO also takes the time to learn your unique business inside and out in order to properly identify current technology that isn’t providing any value to your business and advise where to allocate funds next.
You’re looking for a flexible technology partner.
Chances are, your SMB probably doesn’t need a CIO for 40 hours a week so why pay an in-house CIO full-time when you only need part-time help? An expert vCIO is available when you need them for as long as you need them to reach your business goals through technology.