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Hire a battle tested ‘Virtual Chief Information Officer’ (VCIO). Eliminate the need for a costly full-time CIO. Get access to highly technical, system engineers and architects to allow your team to consult plan and move forward efficiently. For your business to succeed, you need to focus on your primary mission, not get lost in the ever-growing quagmire that is information technology.

Why Hire North Studio’s Virtual CIO’s?

  • Eliminate frustrating talent searches
  • Quick to get to work on your problems
  • Strong network of talented consultants
  • Years of experience at a fraction of the cost
  • Keep your team productive
  • Identify and plan for future environments
  • Determine the right tools for the right job
  • Compliance Management Reviews HIPAA, FISMA, PCI
  • Security & Intrusion planning
  • Disaster recovery planning and analysis

Virtual Chief Information Architect Overview

Technical Experts
Not every business can expect to be technical experts, but every business can expect that in the modern information age, they need a strong technical stack to compete. For your business to succeed, you need to focus on your primary mission, not get lost inthe ever growing quagmire that is Information Technology.

Team Integration
North Studio integrates with your executive team to understand your business objectives in order to provide technical solutions that give you real advantages. We’ll help you navigate the world ofIT with proven solutions and a strong network of talented consultants. Our battle tested technical experts brings years of experience to the table at a fraction of the cost of a full time CIO or IT department.

Full Stack Developers, System Administrators, Technical Writers, Security Experts and Designers
We’ve spent years building out strong networks of developers, system administrators, technical writers, security experts and designers. We’ve already taken the time to vet our vendors and worked with them to ensure a quality product, which can be translated directly to your business needs.

Web Development
Our greatest strength is in web solutions, and we can help you provide the right tools to your customers, and build a web marketing path for your company based on your business objectives. Drupal? WordPress? Which CRM should I use? Which hosting company? We’ve got answers for long term solutions to your web development needs.
Desktop Support
Whether you need a fleet of laptops, or server equipment, or a new wireless network, we can help you identify your hardware needs and find providers that do quality work at a fair price. We can help evaluate and build your computer policies, identify sensitive environments that require special attention, and keep your team productive
Compliance Management Compliance is a liability for your business. We’ve been steeped in navigating complex codes, such as HIPPA, FISMA, PCI and more and can help you secure your sensitive information and document all of your efforts to mitigate your liabilities and withstand audits.

Digital Strategy Your web presence is how you reach your audience. This is how people know about your business, and as such, your most effective advertising venue. We’ll help you evaluate where your audience is and which venues give you the largest impact for your dollar and turn your money into conversions. We have established relationships with content writers, photographers, designers, social media mavens, Search Engine Optimization experts and web development pros.

Security The threat of outside intruders is more real every day and liabilities are getting more and more costly. With recent attacks on major institutions, such as Target, Equifax, and the US Office of Personnel Management it’s dangerous out there. Pulling from years of experience that include the White House and the US Navy Red Team, we bring in heavy hitters to develop security policies that protect your company’s data and allows your team to get their jobs done.

Service Monitoring When a system goes down, your team needs a response right away. Continuous monitoring solutions can range from a quick Zabbix monitor, to a fully committed 24-hour Network Operations Center. Nobody wants their systems to go down, but real-time response is critical for when things don’t quite go as planned.

Disaster Recovery Planning What is your backup strategy? Has it been tested? Where is your valuable data stored? We can work with your organization to build out and test a fully compliant strategy for backing up your servers, data, and all of your hard work, as well as create a planto re-implement in a safe and timely manner to get your business back up and running.

Why have a VCIO?

The cost of a failed or even severely delayed IT project can drastically alter the anticipated bottom line of any business, and can seriously jeopardize the long-term viability of the overall business model. Significant setbacks can also lead to re-scoping mid-way through a project and other unforeseen delays, which can encompass more than the resources available to complete digital projects.

  • More than 1 in 6 IT projects end up overrunning the original estimated cost by over 200% or more and a timeline that ends up 70% greater than originally planned.
  • More than 50% of all IT projects fail. Of that 50%, nearly 80% fail due to lack of planning and unforeseen preventable technical setbacks as a primary cause
  • The US economy loses an estimated $50-150 billion per year on failed IT projects
  • 3 out of 4 business and IT executives anticipate their software projects will fail nearly halfway through the implementation

The 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study from the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by IBM, puts the global average cost at $141 per data record

Working with us as a Virtual CIO partnership

We have talent that spans the globe and has accumulated hundreds of thousands of hours of development experience across a wide range of industries.

We can help you weigh the risks associated with your next digital initiative, work with stakeholders to make sure your strategic business goals align with your digital initiatives, and avoid oversights in planning that can occur without an experienced Solutions Architect.

We do Web, Period.

We have experience across a wide range of technologies that expand far outside of open-source web systems. This include proprietary systems like Salesforce, mobile applications, Microsoft-based products (.NET, etc.), Oracle-based products, countless integrations, security infrastructure planning, system audits, and a wide range of other services. This also includes systems that work directly with the Amazon Alexa API to allow customers to interact with your business in ways you may have never considered possible.

Success Stories at a Glance

Our previous VCIO clients include Best Buy, The Carlyle Group, Expedia, Lethbridge College, and Sony Entertainment, to name a few. Here are some of greatest suc