It’s rough for small business leaders out there. You have a thriving small business based on your individual expertise and ideas but every day you’re reading about or hearing from peers about the very real threats to your success by way of IT system collapse or cyber attacks. You’re successfully managing operations, staff, and customers, and now to keep that all secure, you also have to become an expert in all things IT? Good news, you can have expert-level IT, no experience required!
Are you spending time thinking about servers and infrastructure? Do you think you’re getting the most out of your Microsoft licenses? Is it better to have a dedicated network or be in the cloud? What kind of disaster recovery plan do you have in place? Are your security policies actually enforced? Are you adequately prepared to avoid or recover from a cyber attack? Just like you may be using software or consultation partners to help with your business or service operations, your IT infrastructure strategy can be outsourced to a Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO).
A vCIO is a dedicated resource who provides smaller companies with the senior experience and expertise of an executive role on a flexible basis. Partnering with a vCIO ensures you have a trusted partner who has extensive experience with network administration, security, cloud, and compliance, allowing you:
- More time to focus on your company’s profitability
- More confidence that your own customers are going to have a good user experience
- Personnel who trust that equipment is going to help them do their jobs better
- Decision making that is strategic and not ad-hoc
- Reassurance that you have someone who understands your business and your company’s goals
- Have a product roadmap that helps you achieve your growth goals
If you are challenged with managing your technology properly, your IT staff is likely overwhelmed with keeping your internal systems and hardware up and running, let alone helping with strategic planning. Virtual CIO services are an ongoing commitment meant to enhance your own staff or a managed services program. Your vCIO plans, prioritizes, and oversees your overall strategy allowing your IT staff or the managed services program to handle the day-to-day operations, updates, and staff support.
Ultimately, a vCIO helps you leverage technology to increase revenue and decrease expenses, the goal of every business owner. Pearl Solutions Group offers vCIO services, providing a resource that is taking care of the strategic planning, mitigating the risk of downtime, and is always available.