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What Is A Virtual CIO?


What Is A Virtual CIO?

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In an increasingly digital and virtual world, our understanding of traditional C-suite roles has been rapidly evolving and expanding. Although the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) has only been around for a few decades, advancements in staffing procedures and the needs of today’s businesses have minted a new position known as the virtual CIO. So, what is a virtual CIO? In this post, we’ll go over the basics.

What Is A Virtual CIO?

A virtual CIO is typically a contracting company that takes over the role of an in-house CIO. The virtual CIO performs the same duties as an in-house CIO but is a contractor rather than a member of staff. A virtual CIO is also often a team of people rather than a single person.

What Does A Virtual CIO Do?

A virtual CIO would perform all the same functions as an in-house CIO. This can include operating and servicing the organization’s IT systems, ensuring they remain secure and planning the organization’s growth and development through the use of technological solutions. Virtual CIOs need to have a wide-ranging knowledge of current technology and how it can be used effectively in different working environments. A virtual CIO should be able to provide all the advantages of an in-house CIO or IT department without the drawbacks associated with bringing aboard full-time staff.

Who Can Benefit From A Virtual CIO?

Virtual CIOs are ideal for organizations that don’t have the staff or resources to hire an in-house CIO or support a full-scale IT department. Virtual CIOs may also be ideal for organizations that require short-term assistance for specific projects such as upgrading IT systems or migrating to the cloud.

What Are The Benefits Of A Virtual CIO?

Virtual CIOs are generally more cost-efficient than in-house CIOS. This is generally due to lowered onboarding costs and the absence of benefits typically afforded to in-house employees. A virtual CIO can also often provide a more objective point-of-view compared to an in-house CIO who is subjected to the daily influence of the corporate culture. Another benefit of a virtual CIO is that they are generally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is because virtual CIOs are generally composed of a team of experts as compared to a single person acting as the in-house CIO.

What Should You Look For In A Virtual CIO?

A virtual CIO should be able to quickly analyze, appraise and adapt to the culture of the company they are working for. They need to understand the organization’s goals and be able to implement a plan to grow and improve the business using the appropriate technological tools. A virtual CIO needs to be on top of technological advancements and be able to utilize those advancements to improve the business environment. In other words, the virtual CIO needs to be able to marry technological trends with the goals of the organization. Ultimately, a virtual CIO should be able to rescue costs while improving the technological capabilities and security of an organization.

How Can A Virtual CIO Help With Strategic Planning?

A virtual CIO should be able to assess an organization’s strengths and weaknesses and compare them with business trends in the industry. The virtual CIO should then be able to create an action plan to help improve the overall functioning and security of the business. The virtual CIO should then implement and oversee the action plan to ensure that it is properly carried out.

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Pavel Odnoletkov
Head of Marketing at MBC Managed IT Services
With more than 20 years of experience, Pavel leads MBC’s marketing efforts.
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