Benefits and Services
At The CIO Source, our Chief Information Officers provide five major benefits:
Before any changes are considered, it's crucial to find out "where you are" with respect to your IT function and how it supports your business. Whether you need a full-scale assessment or just an "annual checkup", this is where we start. From this, we can help you decide what's the best step to take.
2. Cut costs
Since we don't sell any tactical products and services, we are unbiased – our CIOs find the most cost-effective products and services that fit your needs. We know the lay of the land and what can best serve you at a reasonable price. This is quite different from the vendors who pitch their own products masquerading as “best for you”.
Second, our Chief Information Officers know how to use your vast data stores to your benefit. By analyzing your data and the resulting trends, we can also help you cut non-IT related costs in virtually every department.
3. Improve Productivity
There's an old adage if you can't measure it, you can't manage it. Most companies don't have the insight or knowledge to set up metrics or KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to monitor what's going on. The CIO Source helps you determine the true KPIs and put them in place so you can monitor, analyze, and subsequently improve performance in any department.
4. Reduce Risk
There are many risks involved in running a company. One is how to keep the business running in the event of a catastrophe, such as power outage, natural disaster, or even a computer-related issue. Our Chief Information Officers keep your operation running by developing and testing a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, which address the needs of all departments (not just IT).
Other risks include Security and Compliance. A Security Breach or Compliance Infraction can cost thousands (or millions) in fines and/or costs to repair the damage, as well as loss of good will and good name. In addition, lawsuits can drain your company, not only with legal fees, but also due to lost work and potentially large damages awarded to the other party. Our CIOs reduce these risks by performing analysis and remediation in these areas. Did you know that you can't insure your company against many of these risks?
Remember, just because you haven't yet had a problem doesn't mean that you're prepared. Don't Confuse Good Luck with Good Planning™
5. Increase Control and Profitability
While profit is one major KPI, most companies aren't able to determine the true net profit based on all factors from all departments at any given time. Our Chief Information Officers design dashboards to alert you to the real-time status of the key areas of your company, so you can prevent problems before they start and maximize your efforts, control, and ultimately, profit.
Our CIOs provide these valuable services:
- Strategic Planning and IT/Business Alignment
- Business Process Improvement
- Compliance Planning and Audits
- Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing
- Assess and Reduce Risk
- Security Planning and Audits
- Design and test Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans
- Enterprise Planning and Architecture
- Program and Project Management
- Vendor and Product Evaluation
- System Integration
- Public Speaking
- And more...