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What is a Virtual CIO and How Can It Help Your SMB?

Posted by Tom Praschak on February 11, 2019
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A virtual CIO (vCIO) is a popular option for many companies, as it bundles a wide range of IT services that assist your business in a multitude of ways. Virtual IT services are a valuable resource for small businesses that may not have the budget to hire an executive who knows how to handle various technology issues in the workplace. A vCIO is also valuable due to the fact that it can help your business be strategic about the ways you use technology to meet—and hopefully, exceed—your company goals.

Here are just a few ways a vCIO can help your small business succeed in today's workplace:

#1 It will create a strategic roadmap.

One of the main advantages of using a vCIO for small businesses is that it is an excellent way for your company to create a technical blueprint for the future. A vCIO will understand your business strategy and needs to help your company leverage the latest technology on the market in order to exceed its revenue and efficiency goals. Planning for the future is key to the success of any small business. A vCIO can help your company reach a wide range of short- and long-term objectives, and ultimately, use technology and IT operations to find ways to improve.

#2 It will provide disaster recovery services.

An added benefit of using a vCIO is that it gives your business access to disaster planning and recovery services. The loss of data can be a threat to any company, and a vCIO will prepare your company for any drastic situation by developing a “business continuity plan.” A business continuity plan takes any situation into account, whether it’s a ransomware attack, hardware malfunctions or extensive downtime caused by a natural disaster. Ultimately, an effective business continuity plan will minimize the potential damage that could arise from any situation, and should any damage occur, ensure that your company is able to bounce back.

#3 It will facilitate IT security planning.

A cybercriminal will target businesses of any size, and it is the mission of a vCIO to protect companies from these constant threats. A vCIO has the necessary experience to defend your company against a wide range of attacks, like phishing schemes, ransomware, malware, viruses and more. A vCIO will also ensure that your company has the latest security updates and will offer around-the-clock monitoring to keep an eye on any unusual activity.

#4 It will help you manage your data.

The vast majority of companies accumulate much more information than they realize, and unfortunately, this data is duplicated throughout your entire computer network. Ultimately, having so much data can cause your network to operate slowly—but a vCIO can help by minimizing redundancy, establishing an efficient data storage plan and, most importantly, creating a way for you to store data more effectively. A vCIO will also ensure that all of your critical data is uploaded onto the cloud daily to protect your company from potential data loss.

#5 It's more cost-effective.

Most small companies do not have the extra resources to hire additional IT employees, but a vCIO is a cost-effective investment that will allow your company to experience the best technology and receive the ultimate protection from cyber threats. A vCIO only costs a fixed amount each month, and you will never have to worry about fluctuating prices. Using a vCIO will also enable employees to better focus on their jobs without having to deal with various IT issues each day.

A vCIO can help your organization in many different ways, and it’s an excellent resource in today's business world. Here at CompassMSP, a leading Managed Service Provider (MSP) in your area, we understand that technology is essential in the workplace. It’s our mission to help your business reach its full potential by offering innovative IT services and the best cybersecurity available.

Interested in using us as your vCIO? Contact us here to schedule a FREE consultation and find out what we can do for you.

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