The rise of virtualization has permeated across industries. Servers now have a virtual version called the cloud, assistants could be virtual, and the latest is virtual C-level managers. Some Managed Service Providers offer a virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO), but not everyone is cognizant of what this role means and how it benefits them.
WHAT IS VCIO?
A vCIO is a virtual Chief Information Officer who collaborates with a company on a flexible basis. They act as a partner and develop strategic IT goals, roadmap, and budgeting aligned to business objectives. The key advantages of working with a vCIO:
1. Strategic Advisor
Companies need an expert in managing systems and keeping the operations running with cybersecurity in place. Managers often don’t have time in overseeing their technologies, and sometimes, they hire someone incompetent or do it themselves. Virtual CIOs oversee one’s IT department–ensuring businesses are leveraging the right technologies to increase revenue while reducing expenses. VCIOs will tell you which applications are futile and purposeful in your business operations.
2. Technical Reporting
Systems behave differently. Understanding the data on how systems behave entails technical knowledge. Typically, technical reports consist of terms such as bandwidth conditions, fault detection, or mesh network that a normal person couldn’t comprehend. One of the roles of a vCIO is to translate the data in layman’s terms. They can explain it to non-technical people from an angle that makes sense to them. VCIOs also take actionable items from the derived insights. They work hand in hand with you to resolve issues and proactively approach risks.
3. Cost-effective Benefits
IT staff have a high churn rate of 13.20%. Hiring a vCIO means they can work with you as long as you want or on a need basis. This kind of setup saves you from recruitment, overarching salary, training expenses, employee benefits, and taxes. Most Managed Service Providers include a vCIO in their service, giving you access to their advanced tools, 24/7 support, and fixed pricing plan.
WHEN TO GET A VCIO
Technology is the backbone of modern businesses. Emails, video calls, sharing files, processing payments, and producing content–all of these involve technology. Without proper maintenance or strategic vision, it could hurt your business. You need a vCIO if you’re experiencing one of the following:
- Challenges with retaining talent
- Difficulties in coping with IT demands
- Desires to spend less on salary
- A small team who needs a technical expert
- Issues with cybersecurity
- No backup and disaster recovery plan
These are some of the things to take into account before hiring a vCIO. If you ticked off one of the items here, schedule a free consultation to have a better idea of how a vCIO can help you.