Virtual Chief Information Officer

Three benefits of hiring a virtual Chief Information Officer

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

Virtual Chief Information Officer

The three benefits of hiring a virtual Chief Information Officer to manage your IT services

If you’re running a small- to medium-sized business, and you need a trusted advisor to help manage your IT networks, backup and recovery systems, you could benefit from having a Virtual Chief Information Officer, or vCIO from 365 Technologies.

vCIOs are highly skilled and specialized consultants with a deep knowledge of IT, business operations, and management. These individuals can provide your business with powerful services, like IT best practices, strategic technology planning and budgeting, and vendor management.

And because you don’t have to hire a full-time CIO, your business can save money, while still enjoying these three benefits:

1. A predictable budget and strategic technology planning

Typical IT budgets range from two to four per cent of revenue annually; if you spend that money without a plan, much of it could be wasted. Working with a vCIO for expert guidance when choosing new IT infrastructure saves time and money.

vCIOs are also experts at helping your company put together a comprehensive IT budget. If you’re running a company, but don’t have the expertise to understand your needs now or in the future, a vCIO consultant can make a big difference.

2. Lower operating costs and all-inclusive support

The average salary of a CIO is over $162,000 a year – and that’s without considering benefits, bonuses, and additional IT support staff. vCIOs provide the same expert advice and decision-making input as a full-time, on-staff CIO, but for a fraction of the price.

With managed IT services and vCIO support, your business can increase responsiveness, reduce downtime, and build a more-efficient IT practice. You can then re-allocate the money you save on staffing to infrastructure.

3. Better security, productivity, and disaster recovery

vCIOs provide expert security guidance, manage cloud security, protect your network against ransomware like Cryptolocker, and ensure that your disaster recovery and backup plans are up to date and implemented correctly.

By reducing the risk of critical systems failure, monitoring the state of your IT infrastructure, and providing expert guidance, your vCIO can dramatically increase your company’s productivity.

How 365 Technologies Can Help Your Organization

At 365 Technologies, we specialize in Worry-Free IT, and include vCIO services as a standard part of our Managed IT Services (365Care+) offering. Our vCIO service and technology business review can help you make a wise investment into your IT infrastructure, futureproof your business, and ensure that your networks and systems are secure.

Get in touch today for a free consultation, and we’ll show you how our vCIO services can help your business succeed.

If you need vCIO consulting in Winnipeg, contact Michael Anderson.