Challenges are abundant in today’s business climate, and with technology evolving at a rapid clip, staying on top of daily tasks has never been more trying. The conversation often turns toward staff augmentation and managed services as efforts to keep up with workflows become increasingly difficult. Is staff augmentation the way to go or is there something to be said for managed services?
Outsourcing is nothing new. Many IT services come with an option to choose managed services, but what are the perks of staff augmentation? The following are some of the most commonly cited:
The hiring process is exceedingly expensive today and with so much talk about the skills gap, there is often doubt related to finding qualified personnel. Staff augmentation takes this problem off the table, as you pay for professionals to acquire the right people to handle your various tasks. While there is a cost associated with this, it can be less than what it costs to do it in-house, plus there is plenty of value to acquiring the assistance of professionals.
Less Time and Energy Expended
Think of the time it takes to write an updated job description for a vacant position. Think about the time it takes to seek out the proper channels for distributing content related to your job openings. Pile on top of that all the time you need to set aside for reviewing applications, scheduling interviews, making offers, and onboarding. You wind up spending a lot of time hiring when you could be focused on your company. Staff augmentation lets you save all that time and energy.
This doesn’t apply to all organizations, but for those undergoing fluctuations, avoiding the need to make a big expenditure on a full-fledged workforce is a huge plus. When market conditions dictate the need for additional manpower, staff augmentation is a no-brainer.
There was a time not long ago when staff augmentation was considered something that organizations could try for a short period of time, but it wasn’t considered a long-term reliable strategy. That’s not the case anymore. Millennials, in particular, have shown a preference for working at shorter-term assignments in their areas of expertise rather than taking traditional roles, supplying staff augmentation with a solid talent pool.
Staff Augmentation vs. Managed Services
When comparing staff augmentation with managed services, the key difference is the control you turn over to a managed services provider. They handle either a specific area of your IT, such as network security or business continuity, or you have the option to turn over your entire IT department to a managed services provider. While staff augmentation allows additional talent to join your team, managed services is outsourcing the entire segment of IT to a provider.
Proper Connections is proud to assist clients with navigating their workflow difficulties with technology that serves as a custom fit for their unique needs. We are your single point of contact for all your business technology solutions, so contact us today and let’s talk about how to complete your team with the right expertise.