What does a vCIO do? Solution Selection Workshops

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 “Solution Selection Workshops”

This is a quarterly project or service estimated at 5-hours.

Deliverable: A completed Solution Selection Sheet with all the proposed solutions and requirements.

Description:  Often we see enthusiastic individuals evaluating and trialing different solutions, but not getting to a conclusion on which is best. This is where we can be the help the team needs to make better decisions in less time with greater alignment.  Sometimes we are able to define the scope of a project and we have the visualization but have not chosen a product/solution/service specifically. There is research involved and we have to be aligned as a team to choose appropriately. Selecting SAAS solutions hinges on being able to predict needed time allocations. Time is needed for workshops when the team members are running trials and evaluating different SAAS solutions prior to wide implementation. Again this is typically a process we don’t lead ourselves, as it occurs within a project and isn’t an ongoing general duty. 

Solution Selection WorkshopTools:

  • Solution Selection Workshop To-Do Template
  • Solution Selection 10-point Exercise Template
  • *Email us if you would like a copy of these template (s).

That’s is it!  That is what a vCIO does.  Have a tech-stress free day from Outsourced CIO LLC, where we demystify technology for growing businesses.

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