VIRTUAL CIO: Focused Business and IT Alignment
What is a Virtual CIO?
A vCIO, or virtual CIO, is a company, such as Safebit Solutions that serves small –to- medium size businesses (SMBs) as their chief information officer. A trusted information technology advisor.
What can you expect from Safebit Solutions’ vCIO Service?
- The ability to link IT systems to business objectives
- Knowledge of technology trends likely to impact the customer
- A firm grasp of IT project planning and management
- Experience in the IT budgeting process
- Business IT forward thinking
The vCIO collaborates with your IT departments and performs the same functions as a conventional CIO. Those duties include formulating strategic IT goals, planning the IT budget, analyzing and reworking business processes and facilitating technology changes. The vCIO can help you maintain your IT infrastructure -- keeping the lights on -- but can also provide more-forward looking services. For example, our vCIO can work with you to plan a technology roadmap, identify opportunities to use new technology tools. If your internal IT department has a very limited IT staff, you may grant wider decision-making authority and technology deployment responsibilities the vCIO. The main difference between the vCIO function and other technical advisory services is that the vCIO takes a broader view of the client, focusing on business and IT alignment.
Our vCIO services are perfect for any size business, but mostly the SMBs find it to be most valuable, which typically aren't able to afford a traditional CIO's compensation package. The vCIO can provide cost-avoidance advantages in a couple of ways, depending on how much involvement is needed from the vCIO.
Hourly Rate Basis (vCIO On Demand)
Safebit Solutions’ vCIO service offered on an hourly-rate basis becomes an "on demand" capability and provides a variable cost. The client organization brings in the vCIO to consult on technology decisions only as needed. This approach is usually less expensive than paying for a full-time CIO's salary and benefits.
Flat Rate Basis (vCIO On Demand)
We also provide a flat rate, the vCIO function may be bundled within a broader managed services plan instead of existing as a separate budget item.