What Is a Virtual CIO and Why Do You Need One?

by | Mar 10, 2020 | IT Education & News

Now more than ever, it’s critical to manage your company’s data and information. This includes keeping the data safe and making sure you have an IT strategy. Most small to medium-sized businesses do not have the resources or the need for a full-time CIO to handle these needs, but they do need someone to help them. That’s the beauty of hiring a virtual CIO or vCIO. A virtual CIO consists of a set of services that an IT provider offers companies who do not have the technical, financial or physical resources to hire a full-time employee, or if they have IT staff on-site, they might be too busy with the day-to-day needs to dedicate the time with all of their other responsibilities, or lack the skills needed to create the IT strategy. A virtual CIO is an industry professional who provides objective guidance and direction, employs industry best practices, and ultimately shapes your IT strategy to meet your optimal business goals.

There are many benefits and reasons why companies opt to outsource this crucial role.

Strategic Direction and Plannings to Improve Your Business
The reality is that technology is always changing, but how do you know what technology is best for your business? Companies without a vCIO may not know how to evaluate the best tech infrastructure and may invest in something that isn’t the right fit. We’ve often seen companies decide not to invest in anything at all and wind up setting the business back. A vCIO can thoroughly research new tech products and opportunities to select the right technology solutions based on business needs and goals. Also, vCIO’s typically work with multiple clients across a variety of industries, which gives them a unique perspective and expanded view of potential solutions and how they work.

Secure Your Data
Even if you aren’t running a large enterprise, you still may be susceptible to data hacks. Small and midsize businesses are often targeted more due to their size and the fact that many don’t have someone overseeing their IT needs. Hackers know this may leave small to midsize companies more vulnerable to attacks. A vCIO ensures your systems and data are secure and will proactively monitor them to avoid any risks. 

Disaster Planning and Recover
Every company understands the need and importance of insurance for untimely crises. A disaster plan is precisely like an insurance policy for your technology and assets. A vCIO creates a custom plan and protocol to minimize potential damage from events such as a power outage or a natural disaster.

Cost & Flexibility
Most companies do not need a CIO for the full work week, 52 weeks a year. So, instead of paying a hefty full-time CIO salary, including benefits, office equipment, and office space, a vCIO delivers the best of both worlds. You have access to an expert in the field when you need a vCIO one is readily available. You also don’t have to take a big hit on your bottom line. Instead, you can evaluate your needs to set a monthly fee for a vCIO. The vCIO can work on your timeline at your budget. That’s a critical need for growing businesses of all sizes!

If a vCIO sounds like the solution you’ve been looking for, contact VIP IT today to learn more about our Managed Services and let us take care of your IT Strategy.