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Murray Wills: Why I became a 'virtual CIO'

Divina Paredes | Feb. 2, 2015
The founder of Maxsys is a CIO of several organisations simultaneously – and he sees growing demand for the services of his team of 'virtual CIOs'.

"Unfortunately, if you do a Google search you will find some organisations supposedly offering a virtual CIO service that are providing IT service and support. This devalues the term."

He says companies that a use the services of a virtual CIO range from small to medium sized government agencies, corporates and not-for-profits.

"Many smaller and medium size organisations are at the mercy of their technology provider because they cannot afford to employ someone full-time with a broad background and qualifications in information technology and systems, management and IT strategic planning," he explains

"The technology provider is able to manage the day-to-day operation of IT in your organisation but you may need some assistance when it comes to moving it forward strategically.

"Strategic planning needs to be done by you with a trusted adviser such as an independent virtual CIO."

 

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