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Super Power Agreements

We Make IT Better.

We Make Your TEAM Better

Thanks for meeting with us.  I hope the time had value and helped you better determine the issues, pains and a solution to help you address them.

Our mission is to be a world class IT relationship provider.

Key points from our meeting:

What is SUCCESS from the “IT Department”?

FEWER ISSUES

LESS RISK

BUSINESS & BUDGET ALIGNMENT

OPERATIONAL BOOSTS

HAPPY END USERS

Fewer issues

Key Performance Indicators:

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Number of issues

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Severity/impact of issues

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Hours of technical resolution time divided by the number of endpoints (PC’s and Servers)

Less risk

Key Performance Indicators:

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Regulatory Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

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General Cybersecurity Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

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Advanced Cybersecurity Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

Business & Budget Alignment

Key Performance Indicators:

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IT Operational Expense % of Budget

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IT Capital Expense % of Budget

Operational Boosts

Key Performance Indicators:

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General IT Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

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Quarterly IT Objectives % Completed

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(Scope, budget, schedule, satisfaction score)

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Annual IT Objectives % Completed

Happy End Users

Key Performance Indicators:

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IT Support Client Satisfaction Score

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IT Project (end user facing) Client Satisfaction Score

What are the distinct ROLES of IT

First Call’s two team leaders (vCIO and Technology Alignment Manager) will report directly to the leadership team and work hands on with the IT team. 

IT Capital budgeting will be performed annually with leadership approval. vCIO will provide quarterly projections and First Call solution proposals for approval. 

A true IT team will be formed spanning the leadership team, internal IT team, First Call, Key Line of Business Application providers, Telecommunications, Internet Service Providers, Cloud Providers, Copy/Print/Scan, Physical Security/Access Controls/Cameras, and Professional Skills Development resources. 

What is included within a Super Power agreement?

Managed Security - Hardware, Software and Services

Anti-Virus Software

Remote Monitoring & Alerting

Firewall Hardware

Firewall Security Services

Dark Web Monitoring

Security Awareness Training

Phish Testing

Patch Management

3rd Party General Application Updates

IT Admin Account Password Management

Backups Encryption

Central Services

Backups/Business Continuity – Hardware, Software and Services

Onsite Server Backup Software

Onsite Server Backup Hardware

Offsite Server Cloud Backup

File Recovery

File System, Operating System or System Failure Recovery

IT Support (please discuss with me your options here as we have different structures available)

Help Desk

Field Support

Account Management

Onboarding

Monthly Alignment visits by TAM

Quarterly Technology Steering meetings with vCIO

Other advice, budgeting, solution quotes

Customer issue resolution

How do the FEES work?

Onboarding

First Call charges an onboarding fee equal to 1x the recurring monthly fee. This is charged upfront and must be paid before work begins.

Recurring

The agreement is billed monthly at the beginning of the month. Credit card, e-check or ACH payment is required.

Agreement TERMS

Super simple with very little teeth – agreement is month to month for the first 12 months (no penalty to exit) after your first 12 months the agreement extends by another 24 months (2-month penalty to exit during that time).

The importance of a vCIO (virtual Chief Information Officer)

It’s a fancy title. We didn’t invent it. A vCIO is a smart technology professional with business experience. They create relationships with the key people in your organization to understand your business, operations, objectives, challenges and opportunities. When they understand you, your team and the needs they can help steer your IT over time to better serve the organization. They understand the technology and the operational challenges organizations face.

In a Super Power agreement you meet with them formally four times a year for a Technology Steering Meeting. You also have their direct line, email address and can engage them informally throughout the year as needs for solutions and advice arise.

The vCIO intimately understands the organization’s mission, objectives, leadership team and desired organizational and departmental outcomes. This individual serves as your account manager. This is a key role that First Call does provide with its agreement and can add extensive value for organizations highly regulated.

What does a VCIO do?

Manage the overall account

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On-Boarding

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Ongoing services and outcomes

Formal IT Planning & Budgeting

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4 Formal tech steering meetings each year

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Helping the organization avoid variables/misalignment with standards

Solutions Proposals (such as M365 adoption and Phones)

Additional services available for additional fees

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Regulatory Audits

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IT main point of contact

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Communications & Reporting

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Q&A, etc.

The importance of a TAM (Technology Alignment Manager)

Think of a TAM like an IT auditor. They are regularly coming onsite, performing a review of your technology against our IT and cybersecurity standards. Finding the gaps, improving documentation, proactively reviewing the environment to reduce issues, improve standards alignment and improve the documentation for all parties involved.

The TAM and the vCIO work closely to raise issues up that need attention from the organization, so that good decisions and investments are consistently made.

First Call has a variety of standards it works proactively onsite with customers to align with:

General IT Standards

Regulatory Standards/Gaps

General Cybersecurity Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

Advanced Cybersecurity Standards/Gaps/% of alignment

Each client is assigned a TAM.  The TAM is scheduled a year in advance for 1 -2 on-site per month.   Their job is to audit clients against these standards, working proactively with the team to create and maintain alignment. The greater the alignment as a % of standards the lower the risk and the lower the number of issues clients experience. All client locations managed by First Call would stay audited and aligned. 

The TAM elevates Documentation quality as they go.  Every on-site is focused not only on standards alignment and documentation but also on building strong relationships on the ground, establishing greater awareness of issues, needs, variables etc.  

Beyond our standards over time, clients also want to implement their own standards, specific either to their organization or a division therein. The TAM helps establish these standards and then audits at a specified interval (minimum once a year) to insure alignment.  

Minimizing technical gaps and variables is key to driving successful outcomes both in the day to day but also in longer term planning.  

Choosing an IT Partner

We hope the time spent and information provided has been helpful so far. We want a successful long term relationship, not to be a faceless remote IT vendor. Please provide us feedback on how else we can make the journey of finding a good fit better.

IMPORTANT:

If you are a Montana based-business with 5-50 employees, you may be eligible for a grant up to $8000

This money is available to Montana businesses who are implementing new cybersecurity protection measures with an accredited Montana Cybersecurity Company.

First Call Computer Solutions is an accredited Montana Cybersecurity Company. First Call has multiple proactive managed cybersecurity services. 

Businesses can submit one grant application to the program, but the one application can include multiple eligible activity invoices up to $8000.

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