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Professional services firms – of all sizes and in all industries – have been taking greater interest in their organizational IT in recent years. As technology continues to drive evolution and innovation in the enterprise space, professional teams have come to recognize the power of information technology to drive increased productivity and growth. Most recently, professional leaders have been considering the benefits of outsourcing IT management entirely to what’s known as an outsourced chief information officer or OCIO.
Before we dive into the benefits of working with an outsourced information officer, let’s make sure we understand clearly what an OCIO is and what services they offer. Simply put, hiring an OCIO is an innovative approach for businesses who don’t necessarily have the financial or operational capacity to keep a Chief Information Officer on their internal payroll.
In large-scale enterprises, a Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for managing all things IT – with a specific focus on the ‘big-picture’. A CIO makes sure that enterprise IT is positioned strategically and in a way that supports larger business missions. An outsourced CIO (OCIO) has this same responsibility for the businesses they work with, but they provide the services for a fixed monthly rate. This helps businesses avoid the huge expense of paying a salaried employee.
Here’s what an OCIO is responsible for handling:
Now that we’ve gone over what an OCIO is and what they’re responsible for handling, it’s time to consider whether or not an OCIO would be a good fit for your business. The key to determining this is all about taking an inventory of the kind of IT support and planning your business could benefit from. The truth is, depending on the nature and size of your business, there really are countless reasons to consider investing in an OCIO. We’ve listed the most common reasons below.
Here’s the top reasons businesses like yours are considering hiring an OCIO:
Now that we’ve had a chance to explore the reasons for partnering with an OCIO, we’re hoping you’re convinced and ready to start the search for the perfect OCIO to support your business. Make sure you go into your search with a clear idea of what you’re looking for – this will help each OCIO you consider explain, in detail, how they can help your business thrive.
Additionally, be sure to prioritize customer service when searching for a reliable OCIO. Expertise and experience are undoubtedly important, but the customer service experience you receive will really make all the difference when it comes to a sustainable and productive partnership.
The right OCIO will prioritize these pillars of customer service:
If you’re already on the hunt for a reliable and strategic OCIO, we welcome you to reach out to the team of IT professionals at CIO Advise. OCIO services are our specialty and we have extensive experience working with professional teams of all shapes and sizes to provide dynamic and growth-oriented OCIO services. We work alongside each client to develop an OCIO service arrangement that is customized and strategic.
Stop putting off the optimization of your organizations IT infrastructure. Take advantage of enterprise-grade CIO support by reaching out to CIO Advise at (813) 328-3743. We’re on standby ready to help you optimize your company network for long-term sustainability.