What does a vCIO do? SWOT Analysis Workshop

We are continuing our series that gives back to the industry answering the question, “What does a vCIO do?” and each article will outline a specific service offering of Outsourced CIO LLC in the day and the life of a vCIO.  Some call this “virtual” Chief Information Officer or “fractional” CIO and for the sake of this series, we will be changing the “v” to mean “VALUED” CIO.  Because the vCIO creates value for growing businesses who might not otherwise be able to afford a Chief Information Officer.  Our topic for today is “IT Project Portfolio Planning Process.”

SWOT Analysis Workshop – Annual Project or Service, estimated time to complete:  2 hours.

The deliverable for a SWOT Analysis Workshop is four completed 10 point exercise sheets on the four aspects of SWOT analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. SWOT Analysis Workshop

What is a SWOT Analysis Workshop?  SWOT is a well-known tool of business strategy developed in the 1960’s.  Applying general business perspectives will inform better IT strategy.  SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats – is a classic business strategy creation tool. Using it in an IT context can reveal many business opportunities that can be exploited during the IT Planning Process, as well as bring to light potential threats. This proactive process makes issues more manageable, opportunities more evident and businesses more competitive.  The strategic use of this exercise is that it enables an entity to uncover opportunities for success that were previously undiscovered or unarticulated.  The SWOT Matrix is often used in the exercise and best presented on a whiteboard or presentation while feedback is given with post-it notes so that items can be fluid and moved around. 

That’s is it!  That is what a vCIO does.  Check out the online video on this topic as well.  Have a tech-stress free day from Outsourced CIO LLC, where we demystify technology for growing businesses.

*Here are some great additional resources on SWOT Analysis: