All companies engage trusted advisors for their business, such as a financial planner or CPA. Similarly, there are times when you will need guidance on your organization's IT strategy and operations. These include going through a disruptive company change -- such as a merger or acquisition -- or, embarking on an IT strategy to match future business needs. Without the in-house expertise to rely on, a virtual CIO becomes your trusted IT business partner.
Typical CIO responsibilities can be categorized as follows:
Assessing - Network and Security assessments that provide an unbiased perspective of configuration and policies.
Leveraging - Hosted services/Cloud Computing/SaaS capabilities, Help Desk, Network Management,On-site
SupportSupports reducing IT costs and justifying the cost of IT quality.
Supports ability of IT to measure and improve internal performance and service provisioning.
Designing - Network Design and Relocation, comprehensive IT Outsourcing/Managed Service plans.
Provides a single, definable, repeatable, and scalable documented framework for IT best practices that flows across the IT organization.
Planning - IT budgets,IT Staffing, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, and Strategic IT Planning and customized roadmaps
Clearly identifies roles and responsibilities for IT Service Management.
Defines IT in terms of services rather than systems.
Virtual CIO (vCIO)
Some organizations can assume responsibility for these on an individual basis. However, frequently the complexity increases due to extended timeframes, multiple geographic locations or complex compliance requirements. In these situations, the trusted advice of a virtual CIO can help you achieve your IT objectives. For optimum results, this person needs previous exposure to many different environments, technologies and solutions.
Only a few select individuals have the experience and leadership skills to assume the responsibilities of a virtual CIO. Tesno Tech offers one of our senior executives to fulfill this role on a regularly scheduled, or as-needed basis. We help our clients align their IT and business strategies.