Lee Madden has been appointed CodeBlue’s CIO, a newly-created position within the company. Madden will also be responsible for providing CIO services to CodeBlue customers, through the company’s new “virtual CIO” initiative. “‘The Virtual CIO’ is an initiative to deliver to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the considerable cost savings and business advantages that dedicated CIOs bring to very large companies,” says Ian Funnell, CodeBlue’s general manager.
“Big companies are still spending 40 percent less ‘per seat’ on IT than smaller companies do, because big companies have the systems and processes to manage their IT in an organised way,” adds the GM.
Funnell says the new initiative levels the playing field, allowing SMBs to access the business advantages that come with having a CIO, while keeping costs down.
According to the newly appointed CIO, the Virtual CIO will be responsible for strategic decisions and recommendations, not day-to-day deliverables. ““Smaller businesses often can’t justify hiring a full time CIO. They struggle with IT strategy, and they lack a senior IT expert who is consistently optimising all of the different technology layers, from software applications to server environments to security.”
“As part of a services contract with customers the Virtual CIO will develop a technology roadmap, and update it on a quarterly basis. The Virtual CIO will help customers extract maximum value from their IT investment by delivering the most cost-effective IT infrastructure: one which is tightly managed through each phase of the IT infrastructure lifecycle. This includes strategy, procurement, implementation, service and replacement,” he adds.
Madden joins CodeBlue from Dimension Data where he worked as technical lead for the company’s project service team at Air New Zealand.
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