Every business can benefit from having a full-time CIO on board. Yet not all small and medium size businesses can afford the expense of hiring a full-time CIO.
Still, a CIO handles some of the most important processes of any company. Systems design, development, datacenter operations, security, breakdowns and more – the CIO is responsible for this complex world of technology that changes on a daily basis. Even if you don’t bring a CIO on board, the work still has to be done.
Or face the consequences.
Increasingly, companies are discovering that a fractional CIO is a way to get all the benefits of hiring a CIO without having to physically bring a CIO on board. The key benefit is having expertise and capabilities that come with a technological officer, without having the overhead and benefits associated with hiring another executive. You’ll get:
Think of a fractional CIO as a consultant who can provide real-time information and expertise when you need it most. They can help you develop a framework for technology and build in policies and protocols to keep your data safe and secure. They help you achieve your business goals without having to become experts in the latest and greatest technology yourself.
An on-board CIO can sway towards giving into company politics. A fractional CIO is in a unique position of being able to offer sound advice without being dependent upon the final outcome. The company can make the most of having the knowledge and guidance of a true expert, without worrying if decisions are made with agendas in mind.
Fractional CIOs stay on top of new technology and guidance because it’s their job. They learn and grow by taking into account all policy and changes. Because fractional CIOs often have different clients in different industries, you receive an added benefit of working with someone who stays on alert for innovation and design. They consistently look for ways to incorporate change into everything they do.
Having a CIO on board means they look beyond technology to find ways of increasing efficiency and automation company wide. Fractional CIOs are in a unique position of being able to scope out a variety of opportunities, thinking on a broader scope, and utilizing all tools and resources available to narrow in on best practices. You can receive outside perspective without the blinders that sometimes comes with being internally focused.
Think bringing on a fractional CIO would benefit your company?