Scott Smeester has 25+ years of web-based application development, a degree in civil engineering, and two decades of experience running his own business and as a member of the leadership teams of fast-moving startups. He has the creativity of a developer, an engineer’s love of infrastructure, and the pragmatic “owner’s focus” on strategy and R.O.I.
Scott’s unique combination of experience and training makes him an ideal partner to translate between the executive suite and the IT group, finding technology solutions to business problems, and making sure business owners understand how to manage technology so it doesn’t become the problem.
What is a CIO?
A Chief Information Officer (CIO) is an executive level role, performing strategic and tactical direction and support for critical business goals based on business acumen, along with a clear understanding of and ability to translate technology to mitigate waste and risk, and maximize opportunity and profit.
CYBER SECURITY - RISK & THREAT MITIGATION
There are a lot of bad guys out there trying to get your data, your money, or access your systems. Ransomware, your customers’ financial information, valuable intellectual property and trade secrets, not to mention your money, all make you a target. Most companies have a very basic, weak security posture.
Don’t be afraid. Be smart!
You probably have the technology and people you need. What’s missing is an understanding of where you are exposed and a plan to overcome the gaps. Our Lightsaber Audit will identify and prioritize your risks and we have engagement options to create a strategic plan to close all your gaps.
CHECKS & BALANCES - STAFF / VENDORS / CONTROLS
Like your accounting department, your IT team includes different skill sets and abilities to contribute value. Unlike an accounting department, most IT teams are incorrectly utilized (and often frustrated). Resource allocation support from an outsourced CIO helps you understand what kind of talent you have, who you need to hire or find, and how to best deploy it. This includes internal team members AND external vendors. Appropriate structuring creates a natural system of checks, balances and controls to protect your dollars and deliver excellent value.
DISASTER PLANNING - CATASTROPHIC THREATS / BUSINESS CONTINUITY
As part of a complete plan to avoid costly downtime, business continuity plans are simple, strategic and quickly created. They cover the essential elements of a disaster or continuity plan to dramatically accelerate how quickly you and your team are able to get back up to speed after an emergency. NO ONE thinks clearly in the middle of a disaster. 90 minutes worth of planning can save you weeks of frustration and hundreds of thousands of dollars should you experience a catastrophic event.
ASSETS MANAGEMENT - HARDWARE & SOFTWARE
Every organization has tens of thousands of dollars invested in their technology. These are strategic assets; investments that need to be managed. Most organizations are reactive, buying what they “need” when they need it, missing the savings and opportunity of strategic purchasing and thoughtful planning.
INFRASTRUCTURE CONFIGURATION AND ARCHITECTURE
Many organizations grow their technology systems organically. They’re usually not strategically designed to be as efficient and safe as they could be. Part of our Lightsaber Audit is a systems assessment with recommendations for optimization.
TAILORED TECHNOLOGY / CUSTOM DEVELOPMENT
Every solution carries its own set of risks and weaknesses—most significantly, the miracle solution you choose today may become your company’s worst nightmare once you’ve logged 10,000 hours and 23 months worth of data to it. Smart technology decisions are tailored to your organization. Finding them requires clear thinking about how solutions scale, a broad view of the options, and C-suite thinking about R.O.I. and strategy.
Avoid a disaster by eliminating blind spots.
We wanted an unbiased professional opinion...
We hired Smeester & Associates to help us assess risks and exposure for our network and IT systems. We wanted an unbiased professional opinion to help us gain insight, because we don't know what we don't know. Their assessment reports are extremely helpful and have a lot of valuable information (well worth the investment), but the scan and data gathering was painless. They never talked over our heads, answered our questions thoroughly and always kept us in the loop.
DENNIS WHYTE // Managing Director
If you want to sleep at night...
I would recommend Smeester & Associates if you want to sleep at night, if you want a piece of mind and if you want somebody that has your back.
TIM ROOT // President
Free Special Report
10 Hidden Cyber Risks That Might
THREATEN Your Business
(Plus 1 Fast Way to Find Them)
Today’s big IT advantages come with major risks. Your networks and systems serve as your silent partner in operations. Should they fail – and when they do, it’s usually without warning – you’re exposed not just to an IT problem, but to a potentially large business problem.
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