Does your company need technology leadership? If you don’t have a Chief Information Officer role or the position is vacant, but you need strategic project-based executive expertise, we have a solution for you. PARC Consulting’s Virtual CIO.
What Is A Virtual CIO?
A virtual CIO (vCIO) serves as Chief Information Officer for your firm on a dedicated but flexible basis. The primary responsibility of the vCIO is to collaborate with your leadership to understand your business, formulate strategic IT goals, develop a budget, and manage the strategy and budget to meet those goals.
With PARC, you will get a vCIO with real world IT experience, often decades of IT operations and engineering in a variety of verticals, with hard learned business acumen and a passion for helping our customers succeed in the most challenging of business climates.
Why You Need a Virtual CIO
Regardless of what your business does, technology is used to run it. Rarely is technology the core competency of business owners, but it often represents the backbone of their business – without an effective and reliable technology foundation, your business will be inefficient at best and may fail at worst.
Technology is used for nearly every business function from setting appointments to accounts receivables to payroll. Many firms rely on technology for core functions like CAD/CAM, CRM and many others, making technology critical to their success.
Businesses need IT support, often small/medium businesses get this in a variety of ways ranging from:
- Making a phone call to a friend when things break or to discuss technology trends
- One or two people on staff who work on IT “stuff” as needed
- Internal IT team delivering support and projects
- Outsourced IT services
Even if you have no dedicated IT resources, a vCIO can help you get ahead of technology problems and enable you to make informed technology decisions. Today many business owners struggle with these decisions and want an objective, informed opinion based on their actual business needs. A vCIO can help businesses with these choices.
- Should we migrate to “the cloud” or leverage “as a Service” options?
- Are we properly licensed for all the software we use?
- Do we need a technology refresh, what will it cost?
If you have some IT resources but lacking a leader with strong business acumen- you will benefit from the expertise of a vCIO. A PARC vCIO can be leveraged for one-time projects or retained for a number of hours per month on an on-going basis to ensure your business stays ahead of the technology curve.
PARC can help, give us a call and let’s talk about how.