Open Systems Technologies Adds “Virtual IT Officer” Service: Outsourcing to Temporary IT Leadership Can Make Transitions Smoother

OST’s “Virtual IT Officer” (VITO) service is designed to bring in seasoned IT professionals, including experienced CIOs, CTOs, IT directors, IT managers and project managers to help companies with immediate IT needs.

Grand Rapids, MI, February 08, 2009 --( Open Systems Technologies, Inc. (OST), a highly successful, locally-founded IT company, has recently added a new service to its existing offerings. OST’s “Virtual IT Officer” (VITO) service is designed to bring in seasoned IT professionals, including experienced CIOs, CTOs, IT directors, IT managers and project managers to help companies with immediate IT needs.

Specifically, the purpose of the VITO service is to bring executive IT leadership to companies who:
* Have complex IT issues and not enough seasoned IT talent to address/oversee them
* Are in transition between old and new IT leadership
* Have grown in IT requirements but can not currently afford a full-time IT executive
* Need a business/process-focused liaison between technical staff and executive management
* Need to create extra value for customers & suppliers through information systems
* Want to make IT a more strategic element or competitive advantage

“We understand that finding the right fit for an executive IT position should not be taken lightly,” said Jim VanderMey, OST Chief Technology Officer. “With our VITO service, OST can provide a quick response and experienced IT professionals while companies take the necessary time to find permanent IT leadership.”

Companies have several options when outsourcing an IT professional through OST’s VITO service. They can choose to have the professional engaged on a project basis or be retained for a predefined duration and involvement to handle numerous current and ongoing activities that require proven capabilities and experiences.

Below are a few capabilities and expertise the VITO role can bring to organizations:
Strategic IT officer capabilities
Creating long or short term strategic IT plans, detailed capital budgets or participating in executive meetings to provide input on relevant technology-related topics.
Tactical IT officer capabilities
Providing project management expertise to manage important IT projects, providing temporary executive leadership when workload is above capacity or the business requires continuity of project until a permanent replacement is found.
IT personnel experience
Assessing and designing an effective IT organizational structure, performing technical staff assessments and evaluations, assisting with recruiting, interviewing and hiring of IT positions.
IT vendor relationships
Managing and evaluating IT suppliers, establishing dependable contract resources and creating and communicating a process for selecting future IT providers.
Business process/IT liaison
Functioning as the liaison between executive senior management and the IT department, focusing on enabling the business process with technology, providing years of experience and examples to streamline and improve the business process and, where appropriate, assisting with technical solutions to handle the business.
System requirements gathering and selection studies
Ensuring the business requirements are documented and prioritized, providing input during the system and IT provider evaluation process and assisting with vendor negotiations and contract signing.
Ensuring IT governance
Establishing security policies and controls, reviewing system controls related to system integration and external reporting, testing normal backup and recovery plans and creating disaster recovery and business continuity plans

About OST
Open Systems Technologies, Inc. [Privately Held], based in Grand Rapids, Mich., strives to simplify complexity in the most challenging systems environments. They have supported the information technology needs of Fortune 1,000 and mid-market companies for more than a decade. OST has been on CRN’s FastGrowth100 list for three consecutive years, and was on the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies in 2007 and 2008. They architect highly available/optimally tuned servers, blades, and storage, specializing in services tailored to Health Care, Manufacturing/Distribution, and Finance/Insurance industries. For more information, visit

Open Systems Technologies, Inc.
Craig Clark
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