A virtual CIO for your regional Asia business can be far more cost efficient than sending an executive from your own organization to lead your IT operations. A specialized, locally based resource also possesses expertise relevant to the on-the-ground environment. For example, the unique challenges faced by users in places like mainland China, where international internet connectivity and data security are fluid concepts.
Having your own IT-savvy and bilingual resource is also advantageous when it comes to coordinating with local external vendors and even some employees. The vCIO can drive forward initiatives like remote working strategies which require close attention to data security, the re-configuration and automation of certain process flows, while also ensuring user adoption.
A Dezan Shira & Associates Virtual CIO (vCIO) is backed by a wide range of multi-disciplinary service experts working within the firm. This resource can easily tap into professionals in the areas of law, human resources, accounting, tax and other disciplines. In this way, the vCIO’s capability to provide comprehensive support exceeds that of even larger technology specific firms. This ensures that our clients receive practical cross-disciplinary corporate services to meet their changing needs.
This capability to work closely with professionals in other disciplines can help to deal with all sorts of practical challenges which will arise as your company develops. For example, China’s Cybersecurity Law requires close collaboration between both IT and legal specialists, to ensure both compliance and workable solutions in the area of data protection.
In the finance and accounting sphere, technology specialists must work closely with finance counterparts, to localize your global ERP solution, or to integrate your systems with other platforms such as banking, tax filing, or payment systems. Tools and streamlined processes to facilitate remote working must be rolled-out with practical input from HR professionals familiar with the local working environment.
Ultimately, the vCIO can operate across a spectrum of fields including data security, effective information sharing, automated process development, and platform integration. The resource can effectively align your HQ expectations with on-the-ground execution in Asia.