What is a vCIO

What is a vCIO and How Would it Benefit my Business?

C-Level Executives

In most large businesses, the CEO (chief executive officer) works with other executive-level, ‘C Level’, people to meet the company’s goals.  Examples include CFO (chief financial officer) and COO (chief operating officer).

The CIO

One of these roles is the CIO (chief intelligence officer).  Their responsibility is to provide a strategic direction in information technology for the entire company.  The CIO develops an intimate understanding of both the business’s goals and its technology set-up.  They are familiar with the company’s competition in the marketplace and what new IT solutions they are trying.  Promising solutions are examined further to determine if they would enhance the enterprise.

Even for small business, a computer network is becoming a necessity these days.  Networks come in an array of shapes and sizes.  Taking the guesswork out of these choices is a CIO’s role, but most small and medium-sized businesses cannot afford to hire one.

Why a vCIO is Useful

With Clear Focus IT, you automatically are provided with vCIO services.  (vCIO = virtual chief information officer)  Your vCIO will provide your small and medium-sized business with:

  1. A Technology Summary on a quarterly basis.  This jargon-free report summarizes the current condition of each component in your computer network and lets you determine what needs to be replaced or refurbished.
  2. Budget planning.  Studies have shown that repeated, unanticipated capital purchases are extremely inefficient and will drive up operating costs.  Purchases that are pre-planned and budgeted for in advance are much more cost-effective.  Your vCIO will help you make unexpected outlays for expensive IT equipment a thing of the past.
  3. An advisor on vendor selection.  This improves efficiency and cost control by ensuring you are getting the best IT products at the best possible price.
  4. A Disaster Recovery Plan.  Many businesses only understand the importance of a disaster recovery plan when an unforeseen event causes equipment failure and lost data.  Your vCIO will design a recovery plan that will ensure your business will swiftly bounce back, no matter what the nature of the event.
  5. Design desk function.  Your vCIO will help identify and plan needed projects as they become necessary for your business.

With a Clear Focus IT vCIO your business will derive the following benefits:

  1. Increased efficiency.
  2. Lower operating costs.
  3. Increased productivity.
  4. Improved bottom line.