If you are like the thousands of businesses in the midst of creating an IT budget for 2014, consider adjusting your business model to one that focuses on staff augmentation. Before you start thinking "How will that effect my existing internal employees?" be aware that there are IT consulting firms out there who fully support (and advocate for) a hybrid internal/external IT staffing model. There are a number of positive cost saving points to be aware of before you make the switch. Firstly, you will almost always see a decrease in your operational IT expenditures.
Here are 5 ways that switching to a Staff Augmentation model will decrease your IT spending in 2014.
Gain Access to Broader Skill Sets
When you work with a reputable consulting service you will only be offered the most skilled IT professionals in the field that you require. This means that you can spend less time hunting down the people that you need to get the job done, and more time doing work that will help your business. Highly skilled workers are also less likely to make poor mistakes that can negatively impact how much you can get done each day.
Increased Network Performance
Investing in staff augmentation means that you are not overextending your IT team members, so your employees can focus on doing the tasks they are assigned as well as possible. This means that your application maintenance will be handled more effectively and your network performance will increase over time. The more stable your network performance remains, the more you can get done without crashes that can cost you valuable work time or potentially cause you to lose data.
Cost Effective Growth
Expanding your business is important to the process of earning more and producing more, but you need to do this in a cost effective way so you are not paying too much into your overhead. Using an augmented service instead of expanding your IT department on your own means that your staff will be increased when you need it, but it will not be kept at a high rate when production is down. You will have exactly the amount of staff that you need without having to pay extra to keep up the infrastructure.
Get the Latest Technology without a huge Investment
An IT department needs to stay ahead of the technological curve if you want to stay relevant and perform at the highest production rate possible. Of course, constantly investing in new technology can be expensive which can potentially hurt your overall production model. Instead of trying to keep up with the latest IT trends on your own, invest in an augmented IT department so that you can gain access to all the tools your staff might need without having to pay to outfit your whole department.
Perhaps most importantly, choosing to utilize staff augmentation will allow for improvements to the day to day process that will eventually increase savings. It’s all about making sure that you can get your work done with as few interruptions as possible for the rest of your staff.
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