As part of our work with companies in the process of implementing vCIO services we are interested in the general virtual CIO movement worldwide. So we’ve created a series of research discussions country by country.
Although the largest virtual CIO movement is driven by the US, we think it’s important to have a global perspective so we try to present trends of other countries where the movement is visible. After Canada, let's travel to New Zealand and see how the kiwi vCIOs live.
The majority of New Zealand vCIOs are operating in the two largest regions, Auckland and Wellington - no surprise, and the majority operate in the largest metropolitan area of Auckland. As well three of the five most popular schools are also there: Unitec Institute of Technology, AUT University and Massey University.
Experience and company sizes in the aforementioned areas are very similar to the international trend. On the overall scale most vCIOs have more than 10 years of experience and are hired by managed services provider companies with fewer than 200 employees...including about half with a personnel complement of only 11 to 50. A notable difference with NZ is that more than a third of vCIOs are joining the larger organizations - 10,000 employees and more - a number several times larger than the international average. SMB managed services providers need to know these trends and keep an eye on these large organizations.
Regarding the New Zealand vCIOs’ roles, the noteworthy feature is that MSP 1.0 roles, like Information technology, product and support, are over represented compared to the international trend, and MSP 2.0 roles, like consultancy, sales, and business development, are conversely very rare so far. This is reflected by how the kiwi vCIOs much prefer to be members of technology-focused social media groups, rather than groups engaged in business challenges and competitive-edge development.
Please note: we’re always open to learn. If by chance you find that our research is not representative of your community, please share that information with us so that we can take it in and pass it on.