Whether your company is upgrading to a virtual network, transitioning to a cloud-based communications solution, or migrating to data storage in the cloud, it’s easy to get beyond your in-house expertise on a technology investment. That’s why many companies are turning to IT staff augmentation to get the skills they need for advancing technology.
You might have a solid IT team that, with the right training, could handle any project on a digital transformation strategy, from upgrading infrastructure to developing a disaster recovery plan. But you find that they are constantly struggling to get past maintenance mode, handling troubleshooting for branch locations, or mitigating virus threats.
For companies pursuing digital transformation initiatives, they find that taking the time to upskill and train valuable employees will delay their projects too long. The answer for many is IT staff augmentation.
IT staff augmentation allows your company to outsource a wide range of IT tasks, from managing a cloud migration project to handling your entire security policy and threat mitigation practices. Or you may decide that you want your in-house team to handle major projects, so you turn maintenance and troubleshooting over to a third-party provider. There are four key benefits to utilizing staff augmentation:
The cost of an in-house employee isn’t just their salary: it’s also the expense of recruiting and hiring, then onboarding and training. Plus, you’ll pay for insurance, vacation time, and the space in which they work. When you access IT staff augmentation, the provider assumes all of those costs, and you simply pay for the tasks you need completed.
Working with a third-party provider gives you access to a wide range of skills. Today, you’re pursuing the implementation of a collaboration tool, but in a few months, you may be contemplating a network upgrade to improve the performance of that collaboration solution. IT staff augmentation helps you get these projects done without hiring specialists in each area.
Maybe you’re about to ramp up activity in your IT department because you’re about to acquire another company, but after a few months, that initial rush will be over and you’ll settle into everyday task loads again. Working with IT staff augmentation gives you the ability to scale up and down in services as needed.
You can easily measure cost savings and put a price on specialization, but there are other hidden benefits that come from staff augmentation. Your provider will have worked with other companies that have faced similar challenges or have discovered efficiencies that may benefit your IT environment. Working with a third-party provider means gaining the perspective of someone that has broader experience and can equip you to see additional opportunities.
IT staff augmentation is a great solution for many strapped IT teams, but you will want to choose a partner that shares your approach to security and can work on your timeline. Contact us at Proper Connections to learn more about extending your in-house team.