Think for a moment about who handles your IT. Say your email isn’t working or someone loses a laptop, who in your office will deal with it? Now think about your business goals for the next year or the next five years. Are you going to expand your operations or hire more people? Will your industry change? How will you change with it?
Think carefully about the next question: will the same person that got your email back online have the knowledge and ability to help you budget and plan your IT changes through these transitions?
If your business is like the majority of companies of the same size, chances are the answer is no. Most small businesses thrive on people who multitask and fill different roles. But with something as vital as your information technology you need someone to be a chief information officer full-time.
And the good news is you don’t have to kill the payroll budget to fill it. Managed services from Tier 1 Techs can fill this critical role at a fraction of the cost.
Here are four ways a virtual CIO can help your business:
Strategic planning – Your business plan for the next few months or the next decade needs to include a technology roadmap. Not having a plan for purchasing hardware and software can be costly in both the short term and long term. To map out these demands you need someone with the tech savvy to make sure you get the most from your IT investments. Virtual CIO service from Tier 1 Techs will help you make the big-picture decisions so you can sustain your growth and achieve your business objectives.
Data security – If you think your business is too small to worry about cybercriminals, think again. Since the majority of companies your size don’t have the capital to fill the role of a CIO, businesses like yours are a prime target. You may not have nearly the number of transactions as a big box store, but their goal may be to steal only a handful of credit card numbers. And the antivirus program that came pre-installed on your computers isn’t nearly enough. One of the greatest benefits of a virtual CIO is we can concentrate solely on every aspect of your security, from educating your staff, to installing firewalls, to threat management. Tier 1 Techs will assess your total need and make sure you have a complete, cost-effective security solution.
Disaster recovery – Not even a full-time CIO can stop a hurricane from wiping out your computer system, but they can help you develop a disaster recovery plan for when it does. When the unthinkable strikes, Tier 1 Techs can minimize the impact with quick response time and fail-safe protocols that can get you up and running with a minimum amount of downtime.
Work smarter – Where are you most inefficient? What are some low-cost improvements you can make to streamline your business processes and make the day-to-day operation of your business more profitable? The answer may lie in your IT, but when will you have the time to assess and evaluate any of this? Your virtual CIO will do this for you. As your business technology partner, Tier 1 Techs will help you manage your resources, update your technology, and make sure you are getting the most out of your IT.