What Is A Virtual CIO?
A virtual CIO (vCIO) is an experienced IT professional who has an in-depth understanding of business strategy and technology, and who serves as a part-time “chief information officer” of a small or medium-sized business that otherwise could not afford or would not need a full-time professional for the position. The objective of a Micro Visions vCIO is to lead your IT strategic planning: to align your information technology strategy and spending with the overall business goals of your company.
What you can expect from vCIO Services and the IT Strategic Planning Process
For optimal IT strategic planning, a Micro Visions virtual CIO will perform a comprehensive analysis of your business. First, your virtual CIO will perform a technology assessment based upon your company’s initiatives, resource requirements, goals and budget. Next, he/she will analyze any necessary alignments between IT and other areas of your business, such as business processes, policies, compliance requirements, and research and development. Finally, your vCIO will work with you to implement the right technology solutions to meet your business goals.
On a day to day basis, your virtual CIO will manage IT related projects, mentor IT personnel, provide assistance to overcome internal technology service gaps, and serve as the single point of contact and accountability. He or she will provide impartial and appropriate IT strategic planning, being a neutral resource for planning and decision making.
Having difficulty budgeting for IT due to expensive and unexpected problems? Overwhelmed with trying to keep up with latest technology? Unsure if you have a sound disaster recovery plan? Frustrated by dealing with multiple vendors? Micro Visions provides professional vCIO services, to manage, monitor, and solve and prevent future IT issues.
Technology Road Map:
Know where you’re going with a Technology Road Map. The road map serves as guide for the IT planning process, and is designed to grow with your company. It is a plan that matches your company’s goals with the technology solutions to obtain those goals.
By having a technology plan mapped out, and a vCIO as a single point of contact, it makes it easier to determine the Return on Investment (ROI) for IT solutions, as well as to plan for and adhere to your IT budget.
Impartial IT Strategic Planning
Your Micro Visions vCIO will provide impartial and appropriate IT strategic planning. He or she will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of current and future IT solutions, in relation to your business goals.
Vendor Selection and Management.
Our vCIO will assist you with vendor selection and management, freeing up your valuable time. He or she will provide support for technology related devices and services including: copiers and printers, phone systems,telecommunications, Internet Service Providers, mobile phone providers, cloud-hosted services, as well as other contracted providers.
Streamline Business Processes with Technology
Streamline business processes with the help of a Micro Visions vCIO who will identify and implement ways to get the most out of your technology, in turn increasing efficiency and productivity.
Compliance (with regulations such as HIPAA and PCI)
Your Micro Visions vCIO understands the challenges of maintaining industry and legal compliance across your IT environment. This includes regulatory requirements related to PCI, HIPAA, and more. He or she will review your current policies and procedures and assist with implementing any needed changes, all to ensure your business is compliant with the current regulations.
Disaster Recovery Planning
Avoid downtime, resolve or recover from problems quickly, and have peace of mind knowing your data is protected, and backup strategies have been created and implemented for key applications and systems. Your Micro Visions vCIO is there to ensure business continuity.
Education – Keeping You Abreast of Technology Trends
Our vCIO will help you understand new and emerging technologies and assist you with incorporating them into your business in order to grow your business efficiently and affordably.
IT Department Cohesiveness
Micro Visions vCIO will increase IT efficiency and cohesiveness by managing IT related projects, providing a single point of contact and accountability, mentoring existing IT personnel, and providing guidance for areas/times where there may be skillset or availability gaps.
The vCIO is an invaluable resource, and with Micro Visions your vCIO is always available.
Contact us today to learn more!