"Unfortunately, if you do a Google search you will find some organisations supposedly offering a virtual CIO service that are providing IT service and support. This devalues the term."
He says companies that a use the services of a virtual CIO range from small to medium sized government agencies, corporates and not-for-profits.
"Many smaller and medium size organisations are at the mercy of their technology provider because they cannot afford to employ someone full-time with a broad background and qualifications in information technology and systems, management and IT strategic planning," he explains
"The technology provider is able to manage the day-to-day operation of IT in your organisation but you may need some assistance when it comes to moving it forward strategically.
"Strategic planning needs to be done by you with a trusted adviser such as an independent virtual CIO."