As technology becomes more central to the operations of businesses of all sizes, many SMBs no doubt find themselves grappling with the question of bringing an executive on board to help run the tech show.
There may be more than competitive advantage at stake. Limited IT resources are often faulted for security shortcomings. Employment services specializing in temporary or interim CIOs may offer the perfect solution for SMBs fretting about such issues -- or those who just want an experienced hand to help them get a better deal with tech vendors.
The owner of an interim CIO placement firm calls such services "a fantastic opportunity for companies with income under $900 million" in a recent TechJournal South story.
The director of one Virginia-based nonprofit featured in the story figures his organization saved $53,000 by utilizing a "virtual CIO" service that makes executive tech expertise available over the phone or via e-mail. The nonprofit got advice on a network reorganization, computer systems, software and outsourcing contracts.
Similar services for interim financial executives have been popular for years. In fact, many interim CIO services base their fee structures on these better-established brethren.
If this sounds like a good solution for your SMB, the TechJournal South article offers advice on what you can expect to pay and how to go about locating a qualified interim CIO.