Who Do Business Owners Call for IT Advice?
As a small business owner, you probably have a few “experts” on your speed dial, like your accountant and attorney. These are individuals who provide their expertise to your business as you require it and you pay them accordingly. It’s an arrangement that works well for the small business owner. You benefit from their knowledge without the significant investment that would come from having such an individual on staff. The same is true of a vCIO.
Large businesses usually employ a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to oversee their IT. He or she focuses on the management of computer systems, strategic planning, and IT goal setting. However, many small-to-medium businesses don’t have an on-staff CIO, leading to a patchwork of authority and decisions by numerous employees. Businesses that don’t employ a CIO may be saving money in the short-term, but this arrangement can become less efficient and more expensive as time goes by.
You might not realize this, but you can have the services of a CIO in much the same way as you use the services of your accountant or attorney. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can provide a virtual CIO (vCIO) to your business as part of your service agreement, and it may well be the best money you will ever spend on IT.
What does a vCIO do?
An on-staff CIO understands the direction of your company, knows your business processes inside and out, works toward improving these processes through the use of technology, and takes a long-range view on strategic planning. Most importantly, a vCIO does these very same things, but at a fraction of the cost of an on-staff CIO.
Because a vCIO is a virtual CIO, a business benefits from the expertise and guidance of an individual with extensive IT knowledge, without the considerable cost of salary and benefits that an in-house CIO would incur.
Benefits to Business from a vCIO
Besides the obvious cost savings that come from NOT adding another salary to your business expenses, a vCIO can help to provide your business with:
- Strategic planning
- Security planning and disaster preparedness
- Best practices for your IT
- Efficient use of technology
- Evaluation of money spent on IT
- Increased revenue
- Improved collaboration amongst staff
- Improved communications with third parties
- KPI reporting
- Assessment of environment
- Semi-annual business review as it relates to IT
- Reduced capital and operating expenses
Does Your Business Need a Virtual CIO?
Working with an MSP and a vCIO can give your business a distinct advantage over attempting a piecemeal IT solution. A vCIO can help your business to achieve standards such as remote monitoring and management, help desk services, standardization, budgeting, and vendor management for your SaaS.
Managed services and a virtual CIO will allow you to build your business, not your IT department.
If you want to talk to one of our experts about having a vCIO, send your questions to SalesSupport@LTnow.com and we’ll get back to you soon.