WHAT

IS A VIRTUAL CIO?

A Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the executive in charge of information technology (IT) strategy and implementation. In addition to overseeing the hardware, software, and data that helps other executives and departments do their jobs effectively, a CIO must also research new technologies, strategize how technology can create business value, and manage the risks associated with collecting and storing digital information. Despite an ever increasing reliance on IT, however, most small and medium business owners and nonprofits cannot justify the expense of a full-time CIO. A Virtual CIO provides a cost-effective alternative, giving you access to a seasoned IT professional whose time and costs are shared across multiple organizations.

WHY

DOES IT MATTER?

Operation without the input and guidance of a CIO has a number of risks. At the least, your return on investment in Information Technologies is likely to fall short of your expectations. You may spend too much, or realize too little benefit. You may find yourself locked-in to unfavorable contracts, or fail to take advantage of a disruptive technology. Even (or especially) if you are technology-savvy, IT challenges may require so much of your time and focus that other areas of your business get too little attention. If you are not at scale to employ a full-time CIO, a Virtual CIO may give you the freedom and confidence to manage your whole business, while knowing that you have cost-effective access to the expertise and guidance that you need.

HOW

BOK CAN HELP

Bytes of Knowledge plans, manages and responds to your IT needs for expertise, guidance, and control with our Virtual CIO offering. Planning begins with an assessment of your current IT infrastructure, your information assets, and your business goals. On that basis, we deliver an IT strategic plan that aligns with your business objectives, timelines, and budgets. Beyond planning, we can participate in your operations as much or as little as you need to make confident decisions and investments.

We charge an initial planning fee and a monthly subscription fee for our services, based on the complexity of your environment. We’re happy to provide an initial review of your requirements at no cost and with no obligation.

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Each of our service offerings complement and enhance the others. Virtual CIO provides the vision and guidance to blend our other services – Backup and Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, Network Security, Cloud Solutions, and Compliance Solutions – into an comprehensive and cost-effective IT infrastructure for your organization.

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