You can’t run a company without technology. Whether it’s industry-specific apps, cloud tools that let you work from anywhere, high speed internet to get things done faster, or the peace of mind that comes with a strong cyber security program, technology helps give your business a competitive edge.
Many large corporations hire a Chief Information Officer, or CIO, to manage and direct this essential business component. A CIO employs technology solutions to attain your business goals. The problem for SMBs, however, is that these vital c-level executives often come with a hefty price tag. According to Payscale, the average annual salary for a CIO is over $160k – that’s a price that’s probably not easy for an SMB like yours to sustain. This often leads to many businesses either ignoring their technology needs or struggling to manage their business IT infrastructure themselves. Luckily, there’s an alternative. A virtual CIO (vCIO).
What does a vCIO do?
A vCIO is a third party consultant that provides the same services as an in-house CIO but without the big salary, benefits, and peripheral expenses. This means that a vCIO can give your business the proper technology guidance, security, and consulting it needs but at an affordable, monthly rate. A vCIO’s number one goal is to bridge the gap between business and technology in order to ensure your company’s success. This is accomplished through:
- Analysis: Analysis of your current IT infrastructure lets your vCIO accurately assess your needs and plan for the future. By analyzing what technology your company is currently using and comparing it to your business goals, we can identify gaps and eliminate any unnecessary tech expenditures that don’t align with these goals.
- Consulting: A vCIO is continually informed of emerging technologies and new trends that will drive down costs, reduce operational inefficiencies across all departments, and help elevate your business. Comparing new technology and trends to your business objectives will allow you to budget and plan accordingly.
- Roadmapping: An IT roadmap is critical for any business and helps avoid the frustration, delays, and unintended costs often associated with poor, unmanaged technology implementations or non-compliance. While creating your roadmap, a vCIO will address both short and long-term goals and regulatory standards, guaranteeing that your business & technology are always aligned and that you’re protected from the ever-changing threats of cybercriminals.
Success is just a click away
No matter your industry, your business needs properly managed technology to not only survive in today’s economy, but thrive. You don’t have to spend six figures a year or go it alone though. By saving money, increasing employee productivity, and improving customer relations, strategically leveraging technology with a vCIO is your key to success. Click below to find out how an ADKtechs vCIO can fast track your business’ success.