Virtual CIO & Interim IT Operational Management Services

Securely meet Asia’s changing technology environment backed by sustainable solutions and better support.

Sustainably build & secure your IT operations in Asia.

For businesses that are growing across Asia, the help of a professional IT consultant as the Virtual CIO can help integrate operations in this part of the world into the global organization.

Leveraging such a resource can assist companies in accelerating connectivity between your employees in the region and the main corporate systems used at the HQ. This approach can also help facilitate the implementation of sharing and communication tools, and improve employee adoption, to develop efficiency across your organization.

A Dezan Shira & Associates’ Virtual CIO is an on-the-ground resource who works closely with your team to help achieve your information and technology objectives. Your ‘vCIO’ can work in the hardware and network space, ensuring your infrastructure is robust enough to cope with escalating corporate demands. The vCIO can also coordinate the implementation of security and communication tools that may be needed to better protect your data, such as Safeguard firewalls and VPN solutions. Implementation of software solutions can also be handled, such as rollout of the MS O365 platform or other similar solutions for your colleagues across Asia, or management of ERP localization and/or integration work.

What a Virtual CIO could help your company with:

  • Cloud service on-boarding and management
  • Cloud migration
  • ERP design, advisory and implementation
  • ERP integration & tools
  • Office automation design
  • PowerBI report design
  • Information security
  • IT audit
  • Business continuity planning
  • Digital transformation
  • Act as a point of contact for Group CIO
  • Recruitment & supervision of internal IT teams
  • IT budget planning, tracking and analysis
  • IT Helpdesk
  • IT asset management
  • Hardware / Software purchasing
  • IT training to end-users
  • Define IT policy & procedure
  • Office IT infrastructure build-up
  • Optimization of existing IT infrastructure

Virtual CIO solutions

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.

Our approach depends upon your requirements and which package best suits your organization. Below are some of our most popular packages

How to get started

A Dezan Shira & Associates vCIO can work with clients either throughout the year or on a more temporary basis to facilitate close control over the management of your information. This resource can make your organization more efficient, more secure, and more integrated. We provide vCIO Services to services, trading and manufacturing companies across a number of sectors in China and beyond. From our more than 20 offices across Asia, our extensive, integrated network can be leveraged by your organization, with people on the ground in the cities where you operate.