Most small and mid-sized organizations find it impossible to justify having a true CIO on staff. As a result, executive ownership for IT falls with other leaders who generally lack the time and expertise to confidently plan, budget, and manage the organization’s IT initiatives.
Does Your Organization Need A Virtual CIO?
Winxnet’s IT Strategy and CIO offering is designed to take the pressure off of the executive team by providing the organization with just the right amount of ongoing strategic IT guidance at an affordable price. Organizations that engage Winxnet CIOs benefit from:
- Improved visibility and control over technology investments and expenditures
- A more stable and reliable IT infrastructure
- IT initiatives that are aligned with and in support of business objectives
- Better utilization and management of existing IT resources
- A significant reduction in the frequency and magnitude of unpleasant IT surprises
The Role of the Virtual CIO
Upon initial engagement, Winxnet CIOs:
- Work with executives to understand and align IT initiatives with the organization’s objectives and strategic direction
- Assess the current state of IT to identify critical gaps, routine/expected expenses, and upcoming technology lifecycle events
- Develop and help executives gain consensus around a multi-year strategic IT plan, budget and technology roadmap
Beyond their critical planning and budgeting role, CIOs also assume ownership for the organization’s IT function. They implement best practices IT governance and put in place established processes for managing and supporting IT networks, systems, devices, and users. As part of their ownership role, they generally also manage in-house staff and assume ownership for product and service vendors. Although they are not full-time resources, CIOs stay closely connected to the executive team and to the business initiatives of the organization. They work to develop trust and rapport with their in-house colleagues. They collaborate with these individuals on cross-functional initiatives and they attend executive committee and board meetings, holding a regular spot in the agenda.