What tasks are on your schedule each day?
As a cannabis business owner, you may have a list of items you start your day with. But as the day progresses, even your most urgent things can be pushed to the wayside as more pressing matters suddenly appear.
Some tasks you may be prepared for. But the urgent matters you have little experience with can eat away at your time. Not only do you have to solve the problem, but you also have to learn enough about it to make an informed decision. And the issues can fly at you from every direction.
- Deal with third-party vendors when they revoke their services, no longer wanting to serve the cannabis industry.
- Work with legal teams to develop contracts.
- Train employees on the latest security issues.
- Evaluate HIPAA laws for compliance.
- Review how the retail team is using a newly installed API that is integrated with the state tracking system.
And that’s all before lunch!
A growing cannabis business requires help in many areas:
- Customer service
- Office assistants
- Dispensary managers
- Sales and marketing
- Master grower
Depending on the size of your business, you may have one or all of these employees on staff.
Tech tends to fall between the lines, popping up in different jobs on an as-needed basis. That’s when tasks get missed, items that may put your business in jeopardy. Like an employee falling for a phishing scam. Or a HIPAA violation because you weren’t aware of the rules.
A fractional CIO may be the answer.
A CIO is both a guide and a leader. They stay on top of all things related to technology, and ensure everything works correctly, keeping you on target for your goals.
A CIO is an efficiency coordinator. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with new rules thrown at the growing cannabis industry. A CIO specializing in helping cannabis businesses understands both sides, and makes a well-informed decision based on everything as it happens.
A CIO is also a teacher and a strategizer. Security isn’t everyone’s passion. Technology doesn’t stand still just because you’re comfortable with your current processes. If you’re not up to speed on what’s happening today, someone can easily take advantage of the situation, which puts you at greater risk. A teacher’s job is to ensure you have the latest information available. A strategizer’s job is to ensure you know how to use it wisely.
You might not be ready to bring a CIO on board quite yet. That’s okay.
Fractional CIO services allow you to gain the experience of a CIO, and do so on your terms. All the benefits of having a knowledgeable person on board, without the necessity of hiring a full-time employee at the director level position.
It’s a win/win situation.
Is it one you’re ready for?
For IT Strategy, Security and Compliance, or Help Desk Services, reach out to us at Cannabis Technology Partners 360-450-4759.