Virtual Chief Information Officers (vCIOs) serve as Chief Information Officers on a flexible basis as dedicated resources. A virtual CIO formulates your company's IT strategy and budget in order to meet your company's strategic goals. Most vCIOs are hired through a reputable IT consulting service firm and have years of experience as IT strategy consultants.
Traditionally, a Chief Information Officer serves as a company's authority on tech strategy, managing and planning the evolution of the company's ecosystem. CIOs spend a large chunk of their time learning the capabilities and implications of new tech — whether it’s software, hardware, or anything that fits into the amalgamation of interlocking 3D puzzle pieces that is the tech sphere.
Similar to an MSP's role in remotely managing your IT infrastructure, a vCIO helps your company strategize its tech needs. The process of upgrading systems, whether they are hardware or software, is labor intensive and expensive. With a virtual CIO, you can not only identify the most cost-effective solutions, but also the most cost-effective solutions. vCIOs may also provide your business with a mix-and-match option to create a tailored, affordable solution that works for them.