If your business is ready to engage an IT Staff Augmentation Partner, you have already decided you need and want help. Whether your enterprise wants support for a one-time software application development project, ongoing support for enterprise systems or trained expertise in a particular technology environment, you want to be sure you get the right resources, the right knowledge and the right support! In this article, we outline three questions to ask a prospective IT staff augmentation partner.
Assure Offshore Outsourcing Success with Planning!
If your business needs help with technology, it may be because your IT team is too busy to take on a one-time project or it may be that your team does not have the specific skills required to complete the project you have conceived. Perhaps your business is just getting started and does not yet have the IT team it needs to do the work. Maybe yours is a software business that needs a partner to help develop a software product for market or to add functionality and services for existing clients. In short, there are many reasons, a business might reach out for help.
If your business is trying to decide whether to launch a Digital Transformation initiative, you may be wondering how this effort will affect your team members. Will your team perceive this effort as adding work to their already heavy workload, or resent having to learn new systems and solutions? Will your team benefit from the initiative or will you be challenged to convince them of the benefits the enterprise will reap and why they should care enough about the organization to sacrifice their own productivity or to learn something new?
Don’t Worry, Friend! Offshore Outsourcing of Software Development Will Save You!
I recently spoke to a friend who was grappling with a real problem. She had just come from a staff meeting where senior executives announced their intention to create a business application for sale to the market. Senior management was quite excited about the opportunity but all my friend could see were problems. The idea itself was great but the execution would definitely be an issue. The existing internal IT staff did not have the time, the resources or the skills to get the job done but my friend knew she would have to find a way.
There is nothing more damaging to a business than the inability to leverage great, innovative ideas to improve services, increase revenue and enhance positive market visibility. Often, these shortcomings are due to resource or skills limitations, and when it comes to software development, mobile application development and software product development ideas, these resource and skills limitations are very common.
These days it is hard to pick up an industry journey or business publication without seeing the term ‘Digital Transformation’ (AKA Dx). The basic premise of Digital Transformation is the adoption of digital technology by businesses to transform, streamline and improve services, workflow and business processes. These initiatives involve a systematic review of non-digital or manual processes to replace these inefficiencies with digital processes and might include replacing out-of-date technologies with new, more effective digital technologies.
Software Product Need a Tune-Up? Don’t Focus on the Fix. Re-Engineer for Success!
Let me tell you a story. My friend, Shaniqua just got a new job and found, to her dismay, that her first project involved the re-engineering of a software product the business had introduced to the market (to less than favorable response). I talked to Shaniqua on the phone and we discussed her conundrum. The business loved the software product but consumers had a lot of issues with its responsiveness, the lack of an intuitive user experience (Ux) design and many other details, including loading data that was integrated from other sources. In short, the original software product design and development was less than stellar and now the company was paying the price.
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.
CMS Development: Not Flashy, But a Necessary Component for Success!
When a business conceives a software application or a web presence, it is often more concerned with what the user or site visitors sees on the front-end. It must be appealing and attractive. But, the real magic happens behind the scenes and without good content management, what the visitor sees may be incomplete, inappropriate for their needs or badly organized.
Software Product Development Can Be Daunting! Engage Experts to Ensure Success!
When a business undertakes the development of a software product, it has a significant risk of failure. Without the right training, skills and resources, the business can spend a lot of time and money and end up with a product that may damage its market reputation or, worse yet, never be launched.