How a vCIO will help your business excel

The benefits a vCIO will provide your business will vary depending on what it is you are trying to achieve, but the process will remain largely the same.

In Part 1 and Part 2, I explained what a vCIO is and why they’re important. Now to the important stuff – how they can help YOU.

Generally speaking, you can break a vCIO’s tasks and responsibilities in to four categories:
Annual
Quarterly
Monthly
Ad-hoc



By dividing the responsibilities into the above silos, we are able to paint a picture of what you can expect to see when employing their services at different stages. Here’s the breakdown:

Annual

Infrastructure Audit: In order to plan ahead, they must first understand where you are. An annual audit of internal IT infrastructure and architecture is critical in establishing an accurate representation of where technology is currently being utilised.

Business & Technology Strategy Workshop: Mapping business processes, user experiences, and corporate strategy all in a succinct document will draw a map of where the business intends on heading, and how to get there via a series of quantified initiatives prioritised based on strategic alignment, chronology, budget and preference.

Project Initiation: Once a vCIO knows where you are, and where you want to be, it’s time to kick-off some projects. These should be scoped, budgeted, planned and implemented so as to maximise benefits and minimise impacts to Business As Usual (BAU).

Quarterly

Quarterly Roadmap: The macro plan is established at the commencement of the contract, but you’ll need a more granular plan per quarter, as a lot can change. New technologies emerge, budgets get updated, and companies grow and shrink. All of these can have a major impact on your strategy.

vCIO Status Update: It’s important to ensure progress is efficient and consistent. This is why a short presentation is necessary to help relevant stakeholders to understand quarterly progress. It also keeps the vCIO accountable.

Monthly

Pulse-check: These are quick meetings with relevant stakeholders to share any relevant updates between quarterly presentations. If no significant works have been planned, this may not be required.

As-Required

Ad-hoc consulting: Potentially the biggest benefit of this setup is that you will have access to the appointed vCIO throughout the year for general technology advice, and as new business requirements emerge. Most small to medium sized companies will require sound advice on top of general services from time to time.


There you have it. Everything you need to know about vCIO services in a 3-part nutshell. Do you currently employ a full-time CIO? Have you had any good or bad experiences with vCIOs? Are you interested in discussing how this may work in your business? Get in touch today.