As technology analysts, we found that a significant number of End Users complain that their IT providers do little more than sell and maintain technology. We were really surprised, since so many of them claim to help companies integrate IT.
This led us to perform a detailed analysis of the 400-or-so IT providers in the New York area (I know it sounds bit crazy but we really wanted to know). At a glance, they all look virtually the same; providing sales, installation, and support of hardware and software, managed services, and email and web hosting.
While these tactical day-to-day services are important, they address just the tip of the IT “iceberg” -- none of these providers help clients with the more important business side of technology. We found that fascinating because we believe that's why companies have IT in the first place – to help their business. Yet, 94% of small and mid-sized companies settle for using IT just for their operations, such as email, file hosting, and their application software -- and expect nothing more.
This inspired me to start The CIO Source in essence to bridge this gap between Business and IT. I next put together several well-respected IT professionals who are aligned with my philosophy of putting technology to work for our client’s business. And to make it attractive for the small to mid sized business, I created a model that works with most company’s budgets.
Our independent CIOs work with your in-house or outsourced IT department and complement what they do by addressing the Strategy, Management, and Business side of IT – giving you all the advantages of a Fortune 500 CIO at a fraction of the cost.
Our founder, Matthew “ROI” Stern CDP CCP CCE CSSA has been improving small and medium-sized clients through Comprehensive Computer Services Inc. since its founding in 1986 mainly by lowering costs, improving productivity, reducing risk, and increasing profit and growth. To provide better focus on these four services, he recently spun off the Chief Information Officer (CIO) division into a separate company, The CIO Source, Inc.
Mr. Stern is an internationally known IT Consultant, having helped small, medium-sized, and Fortune 500 companies for more than two decades. He continues public speaking, including lectures, seminars, training, and as a panelist. He is also the author of two best-selling IT books as well as a paid columnist and freelance writer. Mr. Stern also serves as a Forensic (Expert) Witness in Federal Court, and in New York and Florida.
He also gathers and refurbishes computers which he donates to New Ground and the Veterans Administration, while also chairing the Toys for Tots Program of the Long Island Woodworkers.