Organizations that view technology as mission-critical will recognize a need for strategic IT leadership. That doesn’t mean you need to hire a CIO, necessarily. Virtual CIO (vCIO) services exist to fill this need without the commitment of bringing on a full-time employee.
A vCIO is a strategic technology leader outside of your organization that is engaged to fulfill some or all CIO responsibilities. The vCIO influence top management and pursue opportunities to leverage technology to enhance the organization.
1. vCIOs are Specialists
A vCIO will bring diverse experiences, knowledge, and an outsider’s perspective to your organization’s technology. A vCIO will often be exposed to a broader range of experiences and technologies through consulting with different types of organizations. This can lead to insights and opportunities that may be more difficult to uncover for someone within an organization that is untrained in tech.
2. vCIOs Have More Resources
A vCIO can leverage collective knowledge to a greater extent than an in-house CIO. Most vCIOs work for IT consulting firms or managed service providers, and these companies have teams of engineers, often specialized in certain aspects of technology. The vCIO can tap into this subject matter expertise at any time while leveraging their knowledge and experience as needed to provide better advice and a greater value.
3. vCIOs Reduce Costs
The primary benefit of having a vCIO that it provides you with the benefits of a CIO without the commitment and cost of an in-house CIO. The average salary of a CIO for a small business is over $120,000 a year. With a vCIO, you get an experienced technology strategist and leader that you can lean on to drive your strategy and improve the organization’s technology – without the price tag.
Have More Questions?
If you are still deciding if a vCIO is the right choice for your business, Framework IT can help. With over a decade of expertise in managing IT solutions for small to mid-sized organizations, we are dedicated to making the IT side of your business to be more efficient. For the most informed decision, contact us and speak to an IT professional!