Virtual CIO

Your Go-To Expert for Strategic IT Planning, Governance, Budgeting, and more

Our virtual CIO service is a cost-effective solution with fast onboarding, eliminating management overheads
average full-time CIO salary in the US depending on education, skillset
business leaders agree that data-driven processes are essential to staying competitive
technical jobs go unfulfilled due to a lack of skilled talent. May rise to 85.2M by 2030
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Introducing the 160Bits Virtual CIO – a powerful, innovative way to collaborate with and advise existing IT departments, or create and manage a virtual IT department for your business.

In today's ever-changing business climate, customer demands and corporate needs are constantly evolving. To stay ahead of the curve in meeting these new requirements, many organizations are leveraging information systems to drive innovation. A virtual CIO can be a vital partner in helping you maximize the use of information systems to foster innovation and ensure your organization remains cutting-edge.

Who is a virtual CIO?

A virtual CIO (vCIO) is an experienced IT expert who performs the Chief Information Officer role for an organization as a consultant in an outsourced capacity.

A virtual CIO is equipped with the necessary leadership and technical skills to provide strategic planning and guidance for an organization in areas related to exploiting IT infrastructure for business excellence and growth.

The vCIO role has become increasingly popular for organizations of various sizes because of the numerous advantages it offers over a full-time CIO employee.

What Will A Virtual CIO Do For You?

A virtual CIO works with your team to understand your business goals and objectives, learns about your current processes, operations and IT infrastructure, performs a SWOT on your business to identify opportunities and determine your competitive and operational advantages, and works with your existing IT team or independently to implement and manage recommended solutions.

The goal of the virtual CIO is to help your company leverage technology to achieve your business goals while staying competitive in today's evolving digital landscape.

The roles and responsibilities a virtual CIO may take on for an organization depend on a number of factors. A few of these roles are highlighted

Virtual CIO Roles and Responsibilities

Develop and Implement IT Strategies   
A virtual CIO can facilitate the development and implementation of a technology roadmap that aligns with the organization's overall business goals

A virtual CIO can help a business to be significantly better equipped to navigate cyber threats and data breaches, by developing and implementing cybersecurity policies, protocols, and strategies.

Technology Budget   
A virtual CIO can help an organization identify IT priorities, plan and determine IT budget, and allocate resources efficiently and effectively

Vendor Management   
An experienced virtual CIO can be a valuable asset to an organization during the selection and management of IT vendors, negotiating and securing contracts, and overseeing vendor performance.

Business Process Improvement   
Improving operational efficiency is one of the core benefits of a virtual CIO to an organization.

A virtual CIO can identify opportunities to leverage technology and implement change management to improve business processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

Cloud Strategy   
A virtual CIO can help an organization develop a secure cloud strategy that maximizes the benefits of cloud computing while minimizing the risks.

IT Infrastructure   
A virtual CIO can help an organization plan, design and implement tailored IT infrastructure that is reliable, scalable, cost-effective, and capable of delivering a competitive edge.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity   
A virtual CIO can help an organization develop and implement a disaster recovery and business continuity plan to ensure that critical IT systems will remain operational or can be restored in the event of a disaster or outage.

Benefits Over A Full-Time CIO

Cost Savings    
With a virtual CIO, you get the expertise of a CIO without having a full-time employee on your payroll. You pay for actual hours of work, which means you get the services of a full time CIO for a fraction of the cost. 

Faster Onboarding    
Hiring a virtual CIO saves you time writing job requirements, placing job advertisements, conducting interviews to determine culture fit and competence and so on. A virtual CIO already has the skills and experience, the team, and a promise of what to deliver, backed by a contract and a service level agreement.

Eliminates Management Overheads    
Sometimes you don't know what tools exist or the right IT strategy you really need. You hire a CIO, then they advise you to hire a software developer, then a database professional and so on. Our virtual CIO service, which includes a 30-minute free consulting, eliminates these extra steps and saves you the management overhead. We help you figure things out while you focus on the very thing you're in business to do.

The 160Bits Advantage

By partnering with us, you gain access to a multi-talented CIO with exceptional leadership abilities and technical proficiencies. With 160Bits, you have a partner you can always rely on and get in touch with for help. 

As your virtual CIO, we dedicate time to understanding your company's goals, becoming familiar with your team members, learning about your business processes and operations, and collaborating with you to ensure a flourishing result for your organization.

We align your mission with the ever evolving technology landscape, leveraging strengths and exploiting opportunities to ensure your organization remains at the forefront to gain a competitive edge, operate efficiently, and achieve your objectives.

Our purpose? Helping organizations meet their most ambitious goals. We are here to empower your organization with the necessary technologies and strategies for success, while also leading the change management efforts necessary to achieve optimal results so that you can remain focused on what matters – growing your business!

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