By John Rabito
The market has come a long way from the days when businesses could get by with just a dedicated IT generalist or network administrator. Advances in enterprise technology upped the ante. Regardless of size or industry vertical, companies in the current market thrive by hiring diverse IT professionals with a command of complex IT tools and services.
However, few organizations have inexhaustible IT budgets to recruit direct hires in every must-have technical role. To avoid performance gaps, more companies are hiring IT consultants for certain skillsets – especially when temporary talent delivers the same outcome as full time personnel. In fact, four pursuits in particular benefit from working with contract IT workers.
1.) Cloud Implementation
Traditional enterprise software and services are being replaced by cloud alternatives. Cloud service costs reflect precise usage and system updates happen in a fluid way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of business. Widespread adoption is at the point where U.S. organizations are budgeting $1.77 million for cloud spending in 2017. The percentage of the budget allocated to direct hire versus IT contractors depends on a company’s long-term vision and environment:
- Are cloud services low maintenance after the initial migration? Moving databases, servers, or other hardware to the cloud might require a cloud specialist during the migration, but not after. Some vendors provide their own cloud support as part of the package, limiting the extent of the budget needed to employ specific talent.
- What combination of cloud solutions are you using? Each business is going to benefit from a different set of cloud services. Some might choose to stick with a single all-encompassing vendor, while others go with a hybrid cloud model. If the complexity of services requires hands-on attention to achieve their full potential, hiring permanent cloud specialists is the right choice. Otherwise, temporary consultants are a more cost-effective choice.
2.) App Development
Who doesn’t have their own web or mobile application these days? Customer facing and internal applications demand new levels of functionality and usability to deliver competitive performance. The quality of developer that an organization hires is always going to dictate the application ROI and shelf life. Yet not every project is going to merit a dedicated developer on staff and companies need to reflect on certain queries:
- Does your IT roadmap call for multiple development projects? This is one reason that having a strong IT roadmap is crucial. Businesses that know their long-term strategies and can predict their future budgets are able to determine whether application development should be delivered by permanent staff or IT consultants.
- How often will applications need updating? Customer facing applications will always have a shorter shelf life than internal applications because of exponentially evolving trends. Even if your application is not your core service or product, frequent updates might be mandatory. For example, healthcare payer or telecom customer portals require dedicated staff to evolve with competition. On the other hand, many B2B organizations get updates every few years from an IT consultant.
- Is the skillset in-demand? In-demand skillsets are harder to fill with Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community