Modern technology has transformed the way we work and communicate in business. Not so long ago, we were keeping records on paper, and now, the business environment is almost unrecognisable to this.
The reimaging of business in the digital age is called digital transformation. In a recent Tech Pro research survey, it was found that 70% of companies either have a digital transformation strategy in place or are working on one. Failing to put something like this in place is just not viable if you are wanting to move forward with the times and your competitors. You must plan and strategically think about how new technologies can be implemented to solve any business woes you may have.
Arguably one of the best outcomes of digital transformation in its assistance in improving productivity across the business environment, no matter where we may be working. For example, modern technologies help us to complete tasks in moments, which in the past would have taken days. This outcome is especially true when linked with the vast development in cloud computing, where both business efficiencies and cost-effectiveness have been improved.
Virtual resources such as those in the form of a ‘virtual’ CIO (vCIO) or IT Director (vITD) are hugely beneficial cloud solutions when factored into a digital transformation strategy. Both can work in many different ways, depending on what your organisation specifically requires them for. They will primarily sit with the board of directors, assisting in making strategic decisions on the corporation’s IT strategy.
Strategic planning and decision-making is a method that allows companies in all sectors to drive everyday decisions as well as to assess success and adapt strategies. It is essential for creating a sense of direction.
The timeframe over which a vCIO and vITD operates will also depend on the business needs. However, they usually range from 6 months to 2 years. Some of the common reasons businesses seek to use a ‘virtual’ CIO or IT Director are:
- If they know they need help but can’t afford to fork out the high costs that come with hiring a permanent IT Director.
- If they are struggling to recruit someone for a permanent role.
- If they are planning a big project and need someone to deliver, manage time, cost and quality of reporting.
- If they need help restructuring their IT team to support the business and its overall strategy.
- If they have a current member of staff that doesn’t yet have the skills to be an IT Director but could, with the right mentoring.
Serval IT Systems have several consultants that can perform the role of a vCIO and vITD in your organisation. As a cloud provider with over a decade of experience, why go anywhere else for your virtual resources?
Digital transformation is crucial for all digital age companies; from small businesses to large corporate enterprises. It can be easy to get lost in as it looks different for every company. Therefore, if you’re struggling to find the right experience and expertise in-house, why not get in touch with Serval IT Systems to see how we can help assist you in this area?