Billy Cox: The New “Outsourced CIO”

I had a chance this week to speak with the CEOs of a number of small companies. One of the things that really jumped out at me is how hard it is for these small companies to get a “CIO.” Of course, they could hire a person but most are not large enough to justify a full time CIO. But what really came out to me, is that, thanks to cloud, the role of this “outsourced CIO” for these companies has a different meaning than even just a few years back.

1. The “outsourced CIO,” being the face of an IT organization, is tasked with creating value through IT. Intel built a CIO white paper that makes this point: IT is a part of the value creation machine (not a cost center). For the small or medium business, this means that whoever is acting as the CIO for the small company has to really help drive their partners business, not just run their IT. For the myriad of resellers and SIs that act as ‘outsourced’ IT for small and medium businesses, this is a fundamentally different view of their role – assuming they aspire to be their partners “outsourced CIO.”

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll