What Will A vCIO Do For My Business?
With years of corporate IT experience, Rafiki’s vCIOs specialize in developing IT Strategic Plans that improve outcomes. An IT plan for the future is important because it identifies the solutions and projects that you should invest in.
What Elements Will Be Included In Our IT Plan For The Future?
Anything that has to do with your information systems and solutions, but specifically the following:
Budgeting and Cost-Control Measures
We’ll help you align technology procurement with your budgetary restrictions, and implement cost-control measures so you can take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s technology solutions while eliminating unnecessary expenses.
Consolidation & Optimization
This involves an analysis of your current use of information technology and resolves any inefficiencies going forward. It’s possible that you can continue to use your IT assets while consolidating them to reduce costs and gain the ROI you’re looking for.
Virtualization creates virtual servers, desktops, storage devices, applications, and computer network resources to promote efficiencies and reduce costs. You can virtualize your entire IT infrastructure or just specific aspects of it. Virtualization can increase your system’s efficiency and data storage space, and provide faster provisioning of resources. It reduces overall costs due to less need for hardware, storage space, maintenance, and energy.
It doesn’t look like hacking and cybercrime is going away anytime soon. So your plan will need to take into account the right strategies to protect your data and IT infrastructure. Things like risk assessments, penetration testing, data protection and recovery, security awareness training for your staff, and a comprehensive managed security solution will be considered.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Your data must be backed up and easily recoverable if it’s lost or stolen. Your plan will include how to use an enterprise-based cloud solution along with an onsite backup so you’ll always have access to your data and be able to continue working even if your office is closed.
The right cloud solutions offer easy, scalable access to applications and services on a pay-per-user basis. Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service offer cost-effective, anytime, anywhere access to resources as your business grows, and can reduce the need for expensive hardware and software.
The workplace is becoming more mobile, and this trend is likely to increase. Employees now work from home and on the road using secure mobile solutions. When implemented properly, mobile computing will increase your company’s productivity, as well as your employees’ satisfaction. We’ll help you design a strategy that ensures your mobile workforce can access your IT network and resources securely and efficiently.
If you’re not taking advantage of today’s VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Business Phones, this may be something to consider in both your short and long-term planning. It provides scalability and flexibility with a pay-per-user service where you can easily add or delete services as your business needs change. It also provides for business continuity as it’s cloud-based and will work when phone and power lines go down. There are many more benefits to consider, and VoIP business phones should be a part of your IT planning.
File Sharing & Collaboration Capabilities
With hosted cloud services and solutions, your employees can securely share files and collaborate in real-time on projects from wherever they are. With collaboration and file-sharing services, you can increase your organization’s productivity and efficiency. Something you’ll always need to do.
Enterprise Resource Planning solutions integrate a variety of applications to store and manage data for many aspects of business operations. It covers areas like product planning, manufacturing, inventory management, shipping, invoicing, accounts receivables and payables, marketing, and more.
Modernization of Legacy Applications
This is the re-purposing or consolidating of legacy software programs to align with your business plan for the future. You’ll benefit from new developments without the expense of replacing these systems.
Compliance & Identity Access Management Services
Compliance Services will be included if you must meet industry or government regulations like HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FINRA, GDPR, or others. Identity and Access Management Services will also
help you comply with security and regulatory requirements. It ensures only authorized individuals can access your confidential information.
Any organization that uses information technology needs a vCIO who will promote their overall objectives, mission, and vision while devising an IT Plan for the future. With our outsourced CIO Services, you can benefit from this without the cost of hiring a full-time CIO. We can help you take your organization where you want it to go with cost-effective technology solutions.
Contact our vCIO Specialists and learn how we can “sync” your technology with your goals for the future.