WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CIO?
A virtual CIO, or VCIO for short, is a CIO who is not strictly only yours. This is an IT service provider that will service other businesses. These are individuals (or service providers) that will work with you in formulating the right IT system and goals for your business. They’ll help you understand what is needed both in terms of security and in terms of software and hardware, in order to help your business thrive and grow. They will also help monitor your network and provide any necessary assistance. This way, should you run into any kind of problems with your IT, you’ll still have real-time access to a team of IT professionals.
Basically, a VCIO fills the void of a CIO when you don’t explicitly need such an individual at all times of the day. As a newer business, or as a business that doesn’t need a Chief Information Officer at all times of the day, a VCIO functions very much like a CIO on-demand. One simple phone call or one email and the service provider will respond. They can also, depending on the situation, assist remotely.
What can a Virtual CIO (VCIO) do for your business?
Does your business have the technology leadership you need in place? Are you prepared for the future? Do you have a plan for that growth? Our Virtual CIO services in Dallas provide the right combination of business acumen and technology expertise to propel your company to the next level. Our professional advice demystifies how IT drives business growth.
Our VCIO delivers the focus you need.
Treating technology as an integral part of your business can fuel accelerated growth. Our Virtual CIO/CTO offer a proven technology planning process, IT strategies and road maps for your business, collaborative input on budgeting, and a smart, focused technology component to your regular business reviews. With a Virtual CIO/CTO, your company has access to the executive-level expertise you need.
Prepare for the future.
Hiring an executive technology leader is not an option for many businesses. Your VCIO will help you prepare for the future and provide access to an experienced IT team at a fraction of the cost of having your own in-house team. We’ll also bring the lessons learned and best practices from supporting many businesses, not only yours.
We take your business goals and develop the technology plan and IT infrastructure to support your business. You’ll have a plan that supports your goals.
Based on our strategy, we develop a project road map that aligns with your objectives — building scope and schedule with the resources available
We maintain the IT infrastructure operations you require, outlining service level agreements and service procedures that support our agreement
A VCIO SAVES YOU MONEY
ALONG THE WAY
You might initially look at the idea of a VCIO as just another way to spend money. That, however, is not accurate. In fact, the virtual CIO will, in the end, save you time, resources, and, yes, money.
If you were to go out and invest in a full-time CIO, you’d likely have an individual (and the head of your entire IT department) that doesn’t have a ton of work to do throughout the week. Outside of making sure your network is up to date, and all computers have the latest software upgrades, your CIO will not have enough of a job to fill their day. You probably don’t want to pay a full-time employee when there isn’t enough work for them.
However, on the other end of the spectrum, what happens if things go wonky with your network? Maybe your website is suddenly not responding to orders, and you have a pileup of angry phone calls and emails coming in? You don’t want to be guessing at how to fix this. Or, maybe you have a potential security breach, and you’re attempting to correct the problem, but it’s taking longer than usual. This not only will cost you customers, but it may end in a lawsuit. These are major expenses your business may not be able to absorb.
With a virtual CIO, you’ll receive the best of both worlds. You won’t be spending money on a full-time employee that you don’t need full-time, and yet you’ll still have a service provider whenever you need it. Plus, with their expertise, you’ll be able to identify the best kind of equipment and software your business needs. Unless you’re a major tech guy or gal, selecting the right software can sometimes feel like a crapshoot. And with the kind of finances wrapped into these kinds of decisions, do you really want to be crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? Of course not. You need a helpful, insightful, and educated voice on the topic. Someone who knows the industry inside and out and can direct you in the best direction possible for your business in Dallas. You need a VCIO.