When your team is facing last minute IT deliverables, rushing to meet a deadline, or starting a project, it may be a good time to consider IT staff augmentation. While staff augmentation can be tailored to fit your needs, it generally involves bringing in outsourced talent that will become immersed in your team and work seamlessly as an extension of your company.
Here are situations in which you may need to consider IT staff augmentation:
A Deadline Is Looming
When you’re short on time, the thought of pursuing an in-house hire can be daunting. Outsourcing helps you complete your project on time without the delay a recruiting process can add.
You Need Specific Skills on a Team
Maybe you are migrating to cloud infrastructure and need a team member with extensive skills in virtual networking, or it might be that you are pursuing a hybrid cloud environment and need a specialist that can help implement the right management solution. Outsourcing is a good way to remedy these types of situations.
Your In-House Team Needs Reinforcements
For many IT teams, the problem isn’t a lack of skills, it’s simply a lack of enough people with the skills. Reinforcing your team with IT staff augmentation can help you get through a busy season.
You Plan to Hire
You’re in the recruiting process, but you need someone to fill a role while you post the position, interview candidates, and make decisions.
There are plenty of good reasons why you may want to pursue staff augmentation. It provides many benefits:
- You save time recruiting the right person for your time, allowing the outsourced provider to do the heavy lifting and send you the right person.
- You have access to a pool of IT specialists already vetted and qualified by the provider.
- Services can be scaled as you need them, offering flexibility and agility.
- You save on costs, because you pay for only the work you need and you’re not responsible for benefits.
Once you have determined that IT staff augmentation is the right step for your team, consider these steps for successful outsourcing:
Identify the Gap
Be sure to include various managers and team leaders in the conversation, as applicable. Your outsourced staff will function better as a part of a team if in-house members see the need to have them.
Get beyond whether or not they have employees with the skills you need. You should also think about company culture and how the provider communicates.
You may be working with an outsourced team member that is in a different geographical location. Find ways to encourage teamwork and collaboration by including some personal conversation in meetings to develop connections in the team.
Access Communication Tools
There are many online communication tools that help projects stay on track and encourage team members to keep one another up to date.
IT staff augmentation is a great way to keep your project on budget and on schedule. Contact us at Proper Connections to learn more about the right steps for a successful experience with staff augmentation.