On-Demand Leadership

Atlantic-IT.net’s Virtual CIO services provide access to executive expertise necessary to drive IT opportunities.

Virtual-CIO-webTo one degree or another, almost every business today is dependent upon technology. While smaller organizations may not require enterprise-class systems and platforms, they almost certainly are using email, phones, networked computers and a variety of applications. Typically, however, business leaders have neither the skill nor the desire to manage IT infrastructure.

“Not many people get into business because they want to manage technology, but IT is nevertheless critical to business success,” said Krystal Triumph, IT & Telecom Advisor, Atlantic-IT.net. “Larger organizations with a lot of resources are going to recruit and hire a Chief Information Officer or an IT manager who will provide direction for a staff of IT pros.

“That just isn’t a reasonable option for many smaller organizations. The cost of keeping someone with that level of talent and expertise on staff cannot be justified. There may not even be enough work to keep a full-time CIO fully engaged.”

This is why many small to midsized businesses (SMBs) are turning to Atlantic-IT.net for “Virtual CIO” services. Through this program, Atlantic-IT.net provides customers with an affordable way to leverage the technical expertise and business acumen of an experienced IT executive.

Customers can access Virtual CIOs on a part-time basis for as long as needed without taking on the salary commitment such a full-time position commands. This model gives customers access to a proven leader who can drive strategy and execution of key initiatives for meeting big-picture business goals.

A Fresh Perspective

Virtual CIOs will work closely with customers to identify technology trends that could impact the organization and evaluate IT-related business decisions. They can also help manage opportunities and risks, develop policies, implement procedures, and drive IT initiatives to successful completion.

“Our Virtual CIO services are not aligned with any specific product, vendor or technology, so we’re providing an independent and unbiased perspective,” said Triumph. “We have no agenda, and we’re not looking to upsell products or services. We’re just providing a way to bridge the gap between business goals and technical drivers.”

Virtual CIOs are seasoned IT professionals who have overseen many projects encompassing a wide range of hardware and software solutions. Customers gain the benefit of their expertise in preparing pragmatic business solutions enabled by proven technology — and the fresh perspective that comes from an outside assessment.

“Technology is constantly changing and improving, but organizations with limited IT staff sometimes are unable or unwilling to try something new or unfamiliar,” said Triumph. “The ‘IT guy’ might put blinkers on and insist on doing things the way they’ve always been done. That can result in missed opportunities to reduce costs, increase productivity, enhance customer service and gain a competitive edge.

“With our Virtual CIO service, you’ll be exposed to fresh ideas that can improve the business.”

Virtual CIOs provide expertise on a number of strategic IT initiatives including infrastructure, unified communications, cloud enablement, applications, security and more. Services can be tailored to organizations of any size and any industry, covering everything from one-off projects and reviews to regular ongoing consultations.

Driving Innovation

Technology is now the dominant driver of business change, but each new generation of technology requires new skills sets in order to take full advantage of it. Although technology can help level the playing field, smaller organizations often face huge obstacles when it comes to adopting the latest solutions.

Recent surveys have found that SMB leaders would like to develop new capabilities using analytics to capture customer insights, social networks to foster collaboration, and mobile and cloud to achieve advanced operational efficiencies. However, most also say they are facing a shortage of the IT talent needed for these initiatives, and they have not been able to develop the necessary skills from their existing workforce.

Atlantic-IT.net understands the importance of having IT expertise at the executive level in order to drive innovation. Virtual CIO services are designed to allow SMBs to tap the expertise of an experienced IT executive who can help develop an IT strategy and oversee the implementation of that strategy in alignment with the organization’s business goals.

“Today’s business environment demands that IT be able to react quickly to change and to deliver information assets and services flexibly and efficiently,” said Triumph. “Companies need strong, executive-level leadership to achieve those results.

“Our Virtual CIOs help identify key IT strategies, develop implementation plans and build consensus within the organization. We motivate and mentor, and we help keep everybody focused on the end business objective.”