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What is a vCIO? It’s a virtual CIO service that a managed service provider (MSP) offers to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). A virtual CIO or virtual CTO gives you access to IT expertise that helps you develop a technology roadmap for your business.
If you’re considering using outsourced IT services for your business, you may be wondering how virtual CIO services differ from more general IT consulting services. IT consulting services cover IT projects and other day-to-day business processes. VCIO services, however, are long-term IT planning services where you connect with IT experts from your MSP and they help you develop IT business objectives. This service helps you with big-picture infrastructure management. Basically, IT consulting focuses on helping your business operate, while vCIO services give you the technology leadership and guidance to make long-term plans for your business.
When your MSP operates as your virtual CIO or virtual CTO, they operate as your small business’s technology executive, without the C-level salary, the way a conventional CIO or CTO operates in a larger enterprise. They help you develop and implement long-term strategies for your IT budgeting, hardware and software, and disaster recovery. If you take advantage of this service offering, you’ll have solid plans in place for your IT infrastructure, which means you’re more likely to spend your IT budget on software and services that will further this plan.
Think of a vCIO’s responsibilities this way: you’re driving to a destination, and your vCIO creates the map to help you get there. They consider where you want your company to be and what technology you’re currently using. Then they will determine the best ways to get from the current state of your IT to your ideal version of your IT operations. Using this technology roadmap will save you money in the long run because the map is designed by an IT expert who will determine which strategies will improve your business operations while staying within your budget.
Our vCIOs work closely with your team to steer your IT infrastructure in the right direction.
VCIO services can provide small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with considerable benefits. These benefits include:
These strategies and service offerings will keep your IT infrastructure and operations in good shape. When you work with a vCIO, the IT leadership and guidance you receive allows you to make smarter IT decisions for your company’s future.
When you outsource your IT strategy to a vCIO, they can examine your IT infrastructure and determine where it could benefit from upgrades and new technology. For example, they can guide you through the process of migration to cloud services. The goal of this aspect of vCIO services isn’t to make you spend more on technology. Instead, you and your vCIO should aim to implement upgrades and new technology where possible, but within the confines of your IT budget. Your vCIO should work with you to determine what your IT budget should be, and then decide how you can use the available parts of your IT budget to improve your company’s technology.