If you’re a small business owner, you’re likely providing services to customers in a niche in which you’ve spent the better part of your professional career honing your craft. Regardless of the industry segment you operate within, there’s a chance that you are very strong in tasks having to do with growing your client base and the specific services you offer, but there are aspects of running a business in which you are not as well versed, as they either lack the education or career background experience.
For many entrepreneurs and business owners, this gap generally exists around information technology. Regardless of your own experience in managing and overseeing information technology tasks, the growing importance of IT in successful small business ventures means you’ll either have to jam night classes into your already busy schedule, or reach out to Apex Technology and find out more about hiring a virtual chief information(vCIO) to step into the role. Let’s find out more about the benefits of outsourcing your small business IT needs.
Technology Must be Intentional, Not a Distraction
You have a business to grow and expand, clients vying for your attention, and other elements of your business to worry about. In this midst of all of this, you’re not unaware of the importance of the various technologies around the office, and you just might not have time to determine exactly what you need and how best to integrate these new services into your office. Many owners at this stage tend to take the path of throwing money at the newest software and gadget, but not necessarily the technology solutions that are actually necessary to support their business needs.
At this point, this approach does more damage to a business’s financial well-being in the long-term than it does help to stabilize your fledgling technology program. Bringing in a vCIO at this stage allows you to communicate your business goals and needs to a knowledgeable professional, who can in turn guide you to the internal technologies and softwares you need to support your specific business needs, the outsourced products and services that are best left to other professionals, and finally the resources and equipment in which you should invest.
Expert on Hand to Support Growth of IT Program
Your information technology suite of software and technology should grow and evolve with your business needs. What hardware and software solutions your business needed as a startup aren’t going to be the same small business IT solutions you’ll need once you’ve established your brand and expanded your client base. Once a vCIO has helped to establish your IT foundation, they are more than qualified to help maintain and expand it over time, helping you to stay focused on your business knowing your technology infrastructure will keep pace.
Expert Security and Disaster Recovery
The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report revealed that 58% of victims of cyber attacks were small businesses, and other data shows that 60% of small businesses that are victims of a cyber attack and have to suspend operations never recover. By 2021, cybercrime will have cost the world upwards of $6 trillion. Regardless of your industry, your organization is a valid target for cybercriminals, and hiring a vCIO ensures you have an expert on-hand who will be able to create a disaster recovery and backup plan for your data and operations, crucial for your organization’s survivability in the wake of a security breach event.
You Aren’t An IT Expert, But That’s Ok – We Are!
Supporting the Charlotte metropolitan area’s need for small business IT solutions, Apex Technology provides our clients with a comprehensive suite of managed IT services. As your vCIO, our staff will help establish a strong foundation of software and hardware solutions that will support your small business’s growth while ensuring you have the security in place to ensure compliance with any regulatory requirements and a plan in place to survive and recover from a security breach event. Need to know more? Our team of IT professionals can help to answer any questions you might have about bringing one of our qualified staff aboard as your new virtual Chief Information Officer.