The role of a Chief Information Officer (CIO) is becoming increasingly essential to business operations. But finding a good one that fits your company’s specific needs – not to mention your budget – can be hard to find. So, what do you do? Do you opt to go without and deal with the repercussions? Do you make cuts to other departments to squeeze a CIO into the mix? Do you settle on someone cheap to keep the train moving?
None of these are ideal. Thankfully, you don’t have to put yourself in that uncomfortable and potentially detrimental situation. If you’re asking those questions to yourself, it may be time to bring in a vCIO.
What is a vCIO?
A vCIO is a virtual CIO. Catchy name, huh? vCIOs are contractors or outsourced employees who have all the pedigree and experience of a CIO. Instead of settling into one company full-time, they come alongside businesses as-needed with functions typically associated with a formal CIO. They come alongside your IT team to give essential support and advice for best using your core technologies.
Why Would I Need One?
While your IT team is undoubtedly capable in many areas, having proper guidance can maximize the results from your technology investments. vCIOs can speak with authority and build strategies to better use the tools you already have. They often put a focus on alignment of your technology and how it relates to your business and customers. This means less time trying to figure out how to better use your resources and more time putting them to work for you.
How Do They Fit Into My Infrastructure?
However you’d prefer! Once a vCIO familiarizes themselves with your company, they may have some ideas on how they think they could be used most appropriately. But in the end, this is your call. vCIOs work for you. That said, with a typical CIO, they aren’t likely to give advice unless it’s coming from a place of expertise. You can also keep a vCIO at a consulting leveling, bringing them in whenever you feel like there’s a need and sending them on their way when you either have it taken care of for the time being or bring in an official CIO.
Think you’re ready to bring in a vCIO? ISOutsource offers vCIO consulting as a part of our flex sourcing services. We can help you and your IT better utilize your technology, guide you on where to invest next, and be your all-around IT resource. Give us a call today.