When to Hire a CIO
As a purpose based executive search firm, Y Scouts helps companies search for a chief information officer who shares their passion. But how can you tell when to hire a CIO for your organization?
Deciding when to hire a CIO is not an easy task. Many companies hire a CIO from the start. Others do not acquire a chief information officer until their business is already established. If you are unsure when to hire a CIO for your company, here are four indicators that it’s time to hire a chief information officer.
1. You need someone to lead your technology staff
As your company grows, your technology staff will have more responsibilities. As the team’s responsibilities grow, it may be more difficult for all staff members to agree on business practices. Similarly, a larger staff may start to feel like their concerns are going unheard. Hiring a CIO can alleviate both of these issues.
A CIO represents your internal technology staff within your company’s top leadership, giving the staff a representative who can voice their comments and concerns. A chief information officer can also make important decisions on behalf of the technology team and the company’s highest leaders. By connecting your technology staff to your company’s leaders, a CIO can help build positive relationships in your organization.
2. Your technology needs an upgrade
A CIO is in charge of maintaining technology within your company. As technological innovation occurs, your company’s current practices will become outdated if they aren’t upgraded. If you’re in the process of upgrading your technology to the most current model, hiring a chief information officer can make the transition period easier on everyone in your company.
3. Your company relies on the technology staff
Many businesses rely on cutting-edge technology in order to succeed. If technology is vital to your company, consider hiring a CIO to make sure everything is running smoothly. Their expertise can prevent your company from running into a problem if new technology is not implemented properly.
Even if your company does not produce new technology, hiring a chief information officer can help your business avoid a technology-related catastrophe. Many of a company’s assets – including their internal records, their website, or their customer data – rely on technology. A CIO can make sure this information is stored safely.
4. Your company is expanding
If your company is branching out to an additional location, hiring a CIO can help create consistency. A CIO can ensure that the technology available at each one of your offices is updated, efficient, and effective. They can also help ensure that the quality of equipment is equal across branches.
How did you decide when to hire a CIO? Let us know in the comments.
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