What is the value of an IT Strategy?
Smart organizations plan their business objectives first with their Chief Information Officer (CIO) choosing a technology plan to fit those objectives.
Which category would best describe your IT organization; Innovator, Business Partner, Trusted Operator, Firefighter, or Unstable? Our professionals can accelerate, simplify, and streamline a company’s overall use of technology and processes so your IT staff become Business Partners and Innovators. The increase in efficiency, cost savings, and innovation capabilities result in faster overall organizational growth and increased revenue.
Effective IT management is crucial for the day-to-day functions of any company. Today's IT management is presented with managing complicated systems, and nearly 100% of their time is devoted to operational concerns. This leaves almost no time for long-term strategic planning, application architecture direction, integration planning, package software selection and more.
This gap between senior management and Information Technology is where our CIO Services fit. A Senior Strategic Technology Advisory will help optimize your organizations IT operations, review vendor relations and provide guidance on contracts and service levels that will provide cost savings and efficiency gains, all the while working with your team and executive sponsors on innovations and optimizations that provide quantifiable results.
The value add is found in efficiency gains, cost savings, visibility and partnership between business and IT along with process improvements. Contact a Brinex representative to begin conversations on how best we can serve your organization.
Why can't our IT manager do this?
A CIO will employ all 9 of the CIO Competencies to your company's benefit seen in the graphic below. These are required for overall Information Technology direction, governance, and planning to support strategic business initiatives. Meeting with management and staff on a weekly basis, a CIO brings deep Information Technology experience to bear, demystifying complex technology, adding clarity to projects and processes, and helping management make prudent decisions.
An analogy might go something like this: The IT manager controls the rudder on the boat to keep it going in a set direction. That's fine until that manager has to navigate around something he or she can't see yet.
- What's needed is someone with a map, astrolabe and charts, and the knowledge to guide the boat to its destination while avoiding hazards. And, not unlike running your boat aground, hazards in an IT organization can spell disaster.
Couldn't we just hire a project manager to do this?
This sounds like the answer, but it is only part of the equation. While it is true a project manager keeps track of projects and manages resource allocations during the course of a given project, a project manager does not address the overall alignment of IT-to-business strategy nor does the project manager set policy, select architecture, enforce enterprise-wide security standards or directly address the other competencies of a CIO. Conversely, the CIO is not a project manager.
The CIO manages the overall portfolio of projects for the organization to ensure they remain in alignment with business strategy.
Does your budget constrained organization need a full-time CIO?
Many mid-market, or smaller, companies don’t require a full-time Chief Information Officer (CIO) to fill the gap between executive management and Information Technology. This is where a Virtual CIO (vCIO), CIO for Hire, or an Interim CIO becomes a cost effective decision. We can deploy a Senior Strategic Technology Advisory to be available to your executive team.
The most cost-effective solution we have found is to use the services of a Virtual CIO when organizations are budget constrained for a full-time CIO. Your organization still receives the value add of a professional who can bring the competencies areas at a reduced cost on an as needed basis. A Virtual CIO can provide the level of service, knowledge, and leadership your organization requires to meet objectives and during strategic planning sessions.
Our experienced professionals can also serve in a Interim CIO capacity during a transition period. Additionally, with our network of CIO's, we can provide the best in class talent that meets your industry and organizational standards for a CIO-For-Hire.