What does a vCIO do? – CEO Weekly Huddle

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 “CEO Weekly Huddle.”

CEO Weekly Huddle is a weekly service, estimated time to complete:  1 hour and 4 hours per month.

Deliverable:  A weekly note/memo delivered to the CEO/C-Suite/Leadership team after the weekly huddle.  This can be the “huddle” is usually onsite (preferred), by conference/video call, or by email.  Many OCIO clients elect to graduate to a weekly memo delivered by email.CEO Weekly Huddle

Description:  Problem:  If a company is investing in their technology at the level of maintaining a vCIO role, they’ll want ready and regular access to confer with that resource, to keep apprised, push things forward or change directions in a dynamic business environment. Similarly, the vCIO is a high-level executive of their business and needs the same level of support and attention from the CEO.  Benefit:  Weekly huddle is an alignment session with the CEO and the vCIO. Even though the CEO might not be on the team of any given project, she is involved in key decisions during the project life cycles, so we need to establish clear communication lines with weekly huddles to both facilitate the execution as well as keep her informed.  I have a template that I use with the CEO Huddle Memo if you would like a copy, shoot us an email.

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.

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