Many technology providers claim to provide this service, but often the individuals filling the vCIO role are either too technical with limited business experience, or they are merely sales professionals looking for the next deal. A true vCIO will target the following areas:
Formulating strategic IT goals.
Our vCIO needs to understand how your organization views technology. Is it viewed as a cost center, or as a strategic advantage? With this understanding, the vCIO will determine how to formulate strategic IT goals. Are we simply trying to save money and drive costs down, or do we view IT as strategic, thereby being a bit more leading-edge in our use of technology?