What is a vCIO?
vCIO stands for “Virtual Chief Information Officer”. With a vCIO, you have access to the knowledge and expertise of a CIO without the expense of having a full-time officer on staff.
Beyond the cost savings of a full-time employee, access to a vCIO provides your business with a high-level technology expert with a deep understanding of business management. A vCIO will provide you with insight into how implementing the right technology, at the right time, can take your business to the next level.
Who needs a vCIO, and Why?
With the rapid evolution of technology in the modern marketplace businesses that are looking to leverage technology, to increase revenue and decrease expenses, are in need of a vCIO. The vCIO concept sprouted a couple years ago to give businesses with 25 to 250 employees access to a CIO without breaking the bank.
Here’s a look at why companies are looking to a vCIO:
- To analyze your IT environment
For many businesses, an overall assessment of the work environment, from the hardware and software to the infrastructure and business processes, reveals a series of opportunities to improve the company’s system and stay aligned with best practice and security standards. At ToSolution, we do this as part of your annual ProVision managed services plan. It’s my responsibility as your vCIO to perform an annual assessment with the rest of our technology team. Together we review the results and discuss them with you. This is an essential tool for annual planning.
- To use technology strategically
Understanding which technologies will help your business accomplish its goals allows you to create an IT system that aligns with your company’s unique needs and vision. This requires a strategic look at all of your technology and, oftentimes, a deep technical knowledge of how all the moving parts work (or don’t work) together.
- To increase client and employee value
As your vCIO, it’s my job to help you identify ways to use your information systems to increase client and employee (sometimes called “shareholder”) value. As an example, a well-implemented file sharing system can help your clients get secure access to information they need from you faster while, at the same time, make it easier and more efficient for employees to work with files. Both your clients and employees benefit through increased satisfaction and service delivery.
- To see what’s coming around the corner
Knowing industry trends and what’s around the corner is an essential vCIO duty. Knowing what’s next and being able to analyze the impact these changes could have helps your company to invest in the right technology at the right time. This benefits you because you have a competitive edge over your competitors.
How do I access my vCIO?
That’s easy. Just call me at (262) 737-4774 x2721, and we’ll set up a time to talk or visit to discuss your business goals and strategy. While some IT companies may charge separately for vCIO, our ProVision managed service plan includes vCIO as part of the flat-rate package to provide businesses with a complete IT resource and ongoing expertise. As part of your ProVision service, you can leverage your vCIO and our understanding of business operations. We will provide options to foster your businesses growth and you will begin to think strategically about how your technology operates.