I was interested about the vCIO, vCTO, and Virtual Executive types of services. So my colleague Peter did some research on LinkedIn on the topic. Keep in mind everything herein is based on LinkedIn publicly accessible data...it’s interesting but there’s a limit to the depth of research you can do this way.So in general, I found that clearly the Virtual CIO industry is driven by the US. I can confirm this from personal experience, that American MSPs are much more comfortable with this term than European, Australian or even Canadian IT managed services providers.
What I get out of this in summary is that there is no accepted academic definition of a vCIO, though companies do grasp the idea of a part time C-level executive assigned to the wheelhouse of their IT. The need is evident...just not widely recognized.
From this I see that we need to address the following: how to define and communicate the value proposition, the MSP sales funnel and the specific service offering that IT companies have invented to sell and deliver vCIO services.
The next step would be to define the vCIO roles and responsibilities and create a framework around their work. This would be required to disseminate this unrecognized need, and to enable the less resourced or less innovative IT managed services providers to start such services, and help the current vCIO practitioners to streamline their vCIO type of services.
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