There are many reasons to engage an IT consultant and employ IT staff augmentation and there are many benefits when it is done right. Businesses can quickly scale up and down to accommodate a project or meet a need. They can engage talent with specific skills and training to meet the requirements of their current and future business landscape. The business can mitigate the cost of training to keep IT skills current, and ensure staffing flexibility to fill in the gaps in a project team or for ongoing support, and it can accommodate its budget with the right experience, training and skills at an affordable cost. In this article, we discuss four areas of caution and attention your business must consider before engaging a partner for IT staff augmentation.
As an in-house IT manager, a CIO, a CTO or a business professional, you may already have grasped the critical need for additional help on an IT project – whether it is ongoing assistance or help for a standalone project. You see the full picture. You know your IT team is overwhelmed, you know their skill set and you know you can’t get the job done with the existing knowledge and resources you have. You also understand the importance of getting that job done quickly and effectively.
When a business has more IT projects and initiatives than it can handle, it will often look to hire more internal IT staff members. But hiring takes time, interviewing is imperfect and part time or full time employees require management, benefits and office space. While a business might need one-time project support, or ongoing support for development, maintenance and support, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to staffing. In addition to these issues, there is the very real issue of ongoing training and skills enhancement. That costs money and, when a team member is out for training, someone else must cover for that team member. So, what is a business to do?
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I love going to the movies! I sit back, relax and lose myself in a world of fantasy. But, when it comes to technology, I can’t afford to get lost in fantasy. Without the right data, mobile access and dependable infrastructure and applications, my business will fall on hard times and my movie will not have a happy ending! If I directed a movie about my own technology experience, I would call it ‘The India Advantage’. I would be the star! My co-star would be my Oscar-winning offshore outsourcing company! Make your own award-winning technology movie with offshore development and offshore outsourcing services from a co-star with a wealth of experience in software development, programming services, staff augmentation, project management, application and product development, maintenance and support and infrastructure management.
You remember the advice columnist Abigail Van Buren? She said, “If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.”
Imagine buying the experience of businesses that made mistakes in selecting software, outsourcing partners or IT consultants. What would you pay to avoid choosing an IT firm that is unable to deliver world-class, global services that satisfy your needs?
It doesn’t matter whether you need software development, programming services, project management, application development and maintenance, content management systems (CMS), infrastructure management, staff augmentation, smart phone or tablet software development, system integration, networking or other IT services. What matters is whether the firm has global experience and can provide offshore outsourcing services, product development, and global support with proven processes, methodologies and affordable services and delivery models.