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What is a CIO?

10 mins read
written by
Dhoof Mohamed

CIO is an acronym for Chief Information Officer. This position didn’t even exist a few decades ago, so it’s not surprising that not everyone is familiar with the title. The position of Chief Information Officer is so integral to the successful operation of companies now, you’ll find companies scrambling to fill this role as soon as possible.

What are the Job Responsibilities of the CIO?

The CIO assists and coordinates with other C-Suite executives in the corporation. The CIO helps to evaluate the technology needs of the company, researches options, strategizes and implements best practices for introduction of new technologies. This is the job role of a CIO in a nutshell. In practice, the role is much more complex. The CIO is responsible for everything from overseeing hardware and software purchases and administration, to ensuring that cloud solutions are functioning as expected, shoring up both company and client data protection, troubleshooting, problem-solving and basically doing or overseeing everything that relates to information technology within the company.

Why the CIO is Essential

Technology is at the center of almost every business, no matter what size. Technology drives our economy. Without it, companies would be out of business. As such, technology is a target for those who may want to attack a company’s bottom line. In today’s world, threats come not only from local competitors, but from global hackers who seek monetary or political gain. Part of the CIO’s job is to thwart would-be attacks by preventing data breaches. This is partially accomplished by ensuring that the company’s technological infrastructure is state-of-the-art, has checks and balances and is fully protected.

The CIO position is also essential due to the high dependence on technology that most companies have. Everything from charging sales to managing the customer’s buying journey to running internal delivery processes is dependent upon a smooth-working technological infrastructure. The CIO is at the core of making sure this happens. Without the CIO in place, doing his job, a company would essentially have to hope that its technology works, doesn’t become out of date, and operates seamlessly with ancillary technology solutions. That’s no way to do business.

Why Your Company Needs Managed IT with a CIO

The CIO works within a managed IT solution to ensure that all of a company’s technology needs are being met 24/7. Managed IT includes things like monitoring and management of technology, assessment of core technological usage and recommendations of possible improvements, as well as many other benefits. Outsourcing your company’s managed IT is the most cost-effective way to ensure that you always have a competent and focused CIO in place, have 24/7 monitoring and have the latest cybersecurity protections in place for your company.

In today’s rapidly changing technological world, it’s nearly impossible for a company to stay on top of the its technology needs without the help of a managed IT company that offers the help of a Chief Information Officer. Managed IT services like the ones at Skyriver IT are your protection and a life raft for your company’s safety in today’s constantly changing technological environment. Please contact us today to learn more.

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