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January 26, 2016 by Nigel Brown

The Benefits of a Virtual CIO

The Benefits of a Virtual CIO

You’ll Wish All Your Executives Were Virtual!

How many movies and TV shows have you seen whose plots revolved around robots or computers with artificial intelligence rebelling against their human creators and trying to take over the world? So when you hear the term “virtual CIO,” it might conjure up images of a CGI face on a computer screen, implacably shutting down your company’s IT life support systems in a misguided effort to save you from some imagined business threat.

Luckily, you don’t have to bar the door against your new robot overlords just yet, because that’s not what we mean at all when we talk about our virtual CIOs. A vCIO is a senior IT resource who helps your company develop and implement the right IT strategy, based on your unique needs. Unlike many companies, our vCIOs aren’t sales people trying to make commission, our vCIOs come from the technology side of the business and whose goal is to help you have the best IT environment possible.

Seriously. That’s it. No futuristic warfare involved, we promise.

Three reasons why a vCIO is a solid business decision

1. Focus

A lot of companies don’t need someone in the CIO role all the time. Which is why often the most tech-savvy executive (or the executive who manages IT) wears the CIO hat with another primary job. This means that the person charged with keeping up with and planning your technology strategy is doing that job off the side of his desk. On the other hand, a vCIO gives you a resource who isn’t just in tune with current technology best practices, he’s focused on how your company can get the most out of the technology you have and plan for future growth as well.

Your vCIO meets with your team once a quarter to look at your current situation and goals, and then plan for the next quarter – and that’s it. We handle the big picture CIO stuff at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time CIO.

2. Accountability

Despite the fact that a vCIO isn’t a full-time employee of your company, his duties and accountabilities are the same as if he were. He’s responsible for creating a technology plan that matches your business plans and goals for the next quarter and for the rest of the year. Then, he takes a look at the data from the previous quarter, and creates a strategy to ensure that the IT systems you have in place will support those business goals. He helps your team plan new IT projects, puts timelines in place for their completion, and determines how to allocate resources.

3. Experience

Our team has worked with hundreds of companies. We know what works and what doesn’t, and why. We can see trends and best practices that a full-time CIO might never notice, and suggest solutions that might never occur to him, simply because of the depth of our experience and expertise. We have IT down to a science.

At Microserve, our goal is to help your business succeed. Our cost-effective, experienced vCIOs are ready to jump into a consultative role for your company, to help guide your IT department and your entire company into the future. Contact us today to find out how we can help you thrive.

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