The Ultimate Guide for Hiring a Virtual Chief Information Officer

The Ultimate Guide for Hiring a Virtual Chief Information Officer

As a top business decision-maker, not all decisions are within your control. One of them is technology. You have less say on which software or IT solutions are emerging, getting invented, or trending. However, businesses, especially SMEs, must keep up with this ever-changing technology landscape to remain afloat and competitive. But, maybe, as you might have discovered already, technology is expensive. So, how do you meander around such conditions to keep expenses lower without giving technology a blind eye? Opting for a Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) could be the answer.


Traditionally, companies hired an internal Chief Information Officer to oversee their IT teams and technology strategy. Large enterprises still do. But this is because they have the financial muscle to pay for full-time CIO and IT support teams.

On the flip side, small-to-medium-sized businesses rely on less-qualified, or tech-savvy employees they think knows something about computers. That’s not only unsustainable, but also very risky, especially where confidential data or system security is involved. This is where a vCIO comes to the rescue.

A vCIO, sometimes referred to as vCIO, is a part-time employee or managed service provider company like ICS Data that offers IT Solutions at a fraction of the cost. vCIOs are backed by an array of experts who can offer 24/7 support and all technology solutions competitively. vCIO is less expensive than hiring a conventional CIO and can provide your business with complete services like formulating deliberate IT goals, IT budgeting, and facilitating technological changes (e.g., relocating data to the cloud).



To continue being profitable as you expand, you have to always look for ways to scale down your business’s expenses. Outsourcing IT services from a vCIO company ensures you get the same expertise of a CIO at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, you experience predictable costs, enabling effective risk management. This is because they charge at flat rates or monthly subscriptions, which is much cheaper and convenient for SMEs.


One of the key perks of a vCIO is that they offer the flexibility SMEs require. You only pay for what’s needed. Whether it is a data backup, security, or another facet of technology you require, you have all the freedom to choose what best suits you. This also provides the benefits of hiring when there is a need. For example, if you want to develop/acquire a new software/portal, the vCIO company will provide all the proficiency from their team to get the changes faster and at a much lower price. Then later, once the more significant part is done, you can keep the maintenance service at an even lower subscription rate.

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A vCIO has a ton of experience and typically work in a number of different business environments. Meaning, they understand how they fit into your technology portfolio and they’re able to explain how, or if, new or differing technologies can improve an organization. They meet with their customers (on-hand / when needed) weekly, and are able to explain how technologies come into play when your demand calls for them.

vCIOs are extremely interpersonal and will make your IT solutions seem completely effortless. They streamline their solutions from A to Z, and serve as an extension of your team, keeping your IT goals in line with your businesses growth.


An IT support company like ICS Data has a team of IT experts at its disposal. This means that you’ll not be dealing with just a single professional, but actually, it’s like having an entire IT team at a much lesser fee than it’d cost to build an in-house one. The results: 24/7 support, automatic updates, and security mitigation precautions to detect/prevent cybersecurity threats before they can cause havoc.


Our business exists so that yours can thrive in all matters of technology without a hassle. It has never been this easier to plan how to expand or ensure the business continues with our predictable pricing for services. At ICS Data, we believe in quick response time to ensure no situation ever escalates to unpleasant extremes. Whether it’s VoIP, security, cloud, or IT services, we promise a personalized and uniquely tailored solution to blend with what you have or stand for seamlessly. Contact us today to meet with our helpful vCIO specialists.

(Case Study) West Michigan Dental Company Leverages Technology

(Case Study) West Michigan Dental Company Leverages Technology

“[ICS Data], and working with Blake and the whole team has allowed us to hit the easy button. We needed a company that allowed us to do everything comprehensively, and leverage technology, from A to Z, and also make it very simple.”

– Jared Van Ittersum, Infinity Dental Co-Owner

Dr. Jared Van Ittersum & Dr. Elias Achey are business partners at Infinity Dental, a privately-held, West Michigan-based Dental company with four locations. 

Being innovative, they’ve known that their goal has always been to provide the ultimate patient experience, and they wanted to innovate in a new way for their latest location, Spring Lake.

They needed a way to leverage technology, and also needed a company to help bring these ideas to life. Queue in, ICS Data.


We take pride in our 30+ years of experience, knowledge, and quality service to deliver solutions that tailor to our client’s needs. We understand that IT can be difficult, but we strive to make it as easy as possible so that conversations are smooth.

Whether we’re running cable, setting up networks, or managing your businesses IT, we’re in it because we value the relationships we have with our clients, and we believe that’s most important.

When Infinity reached out about mounting TVs on the ceiling so that their patients could have a better experience, we put on our thinking caps and got the job done.


By understanding that individuals aren’t naturally excited to go to the dentist, we [ICS] were able to quickly find technological solutions that worked to help meet Infinity’s patients needs.

So, what’d we do?

We took a holistic approach, like we would with any of our clients. First, we knew that they needed a number of computers and systems with a great network so that we were able to support their idea of patients experiencing the dentist in the utmost positive way.


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The Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Managed IT Service Provider

The Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Managed IT Service Provider


Looking for way to control your IT costs? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

Many small-to-medium sized businesses in West Michigan haven’t lived their best life in the past year, but we’re here to help make that change. We exist to show and prove to you how managing your IT costs is actually A LOT EASIER than you think: hire an IT Managed Service Provider.

Here’s our point — we offer customized IT solutions based on your perceived value. You may ask yourself, “what does that mean?!” It’s not as subjective as you think – it’s purely based on crafting a plan that suits your needs. Managed IT Service Providers have an extreme impact on ROI for your business!

The best part? A Managed IT Service Provider allows your company to have a low cost solution for a dedicated virtual IT department. We are with you every step of the way and are on call 24/7. By customizing an IT solution that fits your needs, we expand the definition of IT costs. Rolling IT needs into an ongoing predictable monthly payment allows IT to become an operational expense versus have unpredictable capital expenditures. Put simply, Managed Services allows for much easier budgeting and predicted expenses. You get enterprise-level knowledge and service for small-to-medium-sized business costs.


There’s one common mistake we see when business owners request their internal teams to solve larger IT issues. They lose a ton of time.

We know how technology works, and we’ve created solutions to ensure that you (and our clients) have no delays during business hours.

This allows your team to work on things that’ll keep you moving forward each and every day – not worrying about larger issues that may be out of your control.

With a Managed IT Service Provider, you have access to a trained group of IT experts with qualifications, certifications, and experience. You are guaranteed high level IT admins with specific skillsets for whatever needs you have. Technology has become more demanding and it’s hard to keep pace. Let us help you pave your path forward.

See what our clients are saying:

ICS has been invaluable to our business. Anytime we have an issue, they are always there to help us resolve it in a timely manner. Carol is knowledgeable and so very easy to work with.
– Brandon Baker
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IT is definitely interesting, but if you can’t show ROI by ensuring that your systems and processes consistently work, then it’s more of a hassle and less of a strategic plan to be profitable.

As mentioned above, freeing up your staffs time is huge – it’s the purpose of focusing on your business. We allow you to do just that. We also allow you to free up your in-house employees and let them focus on the core of your business, not the IT problems. Being a business owner, you already feel the stress and weight of the day-to-day responsibilities, so why let another department add to that?

We take care of the ongoing management and day-to-day maintenance and free-up your in-house experts time to work on processes and more demanding projects.


Successful businesses do a lot of things right, but in the end, it comes down to a couple things that they do well: they’re proactive and communicate.

How do we help you keep pace?

We provide you with proactive solutions that keep you up-to-date and continue your path forward to profitability. These solutions monitor and manage your IT to catch problems before they escalate into serious issues.

Proactive monitoring and management combined with our professional service will minimize your IT downtime and risk.

Downtime can be catastrophic to a company financially. In serious situations, a company can be down for days if not weeks if no plan is in place. We can help you keep pace with the ongoing demands of technology and help you implement new technology more quickly.


All in all, managed security services can help fill your organization’s security gaps.

For example, they help improve your endpoint security and implement tools to detect threats outside of and within your network. Managed services, with cybersecurity rolled in, means your infrastructure has constant monitoring, management, and updates that are critical to reducing your risk of attacks, breaches, etc.


Technology is unpredictable. We’re the helper, role keeper, and guide. Shoot us a message today – we’d love to help YOU. Contact us!