Most business leaders struggle to reach their goals each year.
For some, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of running their business let alone create a long-term strategy for their technology.
That’s why more and more businesses are turning to a virtual CIO to help them take control of their day-to-day operations and give them the industry knowledge they need to fast-track a business plan that they know will work.
What is a Virtual CIO?
A virtual CIO (vCIO) is a consultant or organization that can serve as your organization’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). They can handle all the responsibilities of a Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer by helping you use technology to protect your business, improve your processes, increase employee productivity, and reach your business goals.
Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a vCIO
Inevitably, most business leaders end up trying to manage their technology by themselves when it can be easily outsourced to a vCIO. Instead, they waste enormous amounts of energy trying to keep up with industry trends, best practices, and the latest technology.A vCIO can help you reclaim your time and give you the expert guidance you need to keep up with your IT landscape, security measures, and marketplace trends. They can also help you better align your technology with your business goals so that you become more productive and efficient as a business.
Strategy & Planning
As a business leader, it’s in your DNA to want to grow your business. Creating an actual strategy to make that happen though can feel like guesswork. A vCIO can sit down with you each month and help you clarify your business objectives and ensure that your business has the technology in place to support your goals.Once you establish your goals, a vCIO will help you create a strategy that includes:
- Strengthening your cybersecurity
- Storing and managing your data
- Updating your software and hardware
- Keeping up with new technologies
- Updating your processes and procedures
- Creating a Business Continuity Plan
Most businesses spend thousands of dollars on their technology each year without any idea of how it’s improving their business. A vCIO can help you move past just managing your technology to understanding how your IT decisions are impacting your business. With a vCIO, you can learn ways to leverage the technology you have. You can also get the information you need to make smarter decisions about the future of your business.
Technology risks are becoming more prominent and more dangerous for small and large businesses. While technology can create exciting possibilities for your business, it can also make you more susceptive to risks. A vCIO can help you manage these risks while they patch holes, maintain systems and ensure that you keep up with regulations. They can also offer expert guidance on company-wide processes and procedures.
Your technology needs may change on a monthly basis, which makes it hard to create a budget that will stay relevant. In order to keep up, you need to constantly analyze the technology landscape so that you know how to adapt. A vCIO can give you that real-time monitoring you need to keep up with the latest changes in technology, cybersecurity, productivity and processes.They can also create an IT Roadmap or business plan for your technology so that you always have a clear understanding of where your IT is at, where it needs to be and what it will cost to get there.
How to Know You’re Ready for a vCIO
If this is your first time working with a vCIO then you want to make sure you get it right. Here are some questions to ask that will help you understand whether or not a vCIO is right for you.
- Are you getting ready to implement security improvements?
- Are you going through a software migration?
- Are you making infrastructure changes?
- Do you need a network analysis?
- Do you need a risk assessment?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you can immediately benefit from hiring a vCIO. If you’re a small business then a vCIO makes even more sense because of how much your business is already relying on digital workspaces.
In today’s fast-paced marketplace, your business needs more than a “tech-guy” to keep up. You need to leverage your technology so that you can be more productive, efficient and ready to grow.
A vCIO can help you do that.
To schedule a free consultation with a Westech vCIO, click below. We can help you assess your current business needs and discover if a vCIO is right for you.