How Companies are Benefiting from IT Staff Augmentation

By Richard Arneson

Companies have been augmenting their IT departments for years with professionals who can step in and make an immediate impact by utilizing their skill sets and empirical expertise. And it’s not limited to engineers or solutions architects. Project managers, high-level consultants, security analysts, DevOps professionals, cabling experts…the list is only limited by what falls within the purview of IT departments. It’s the perfect solution when a project or initiative has a finite timeline and requires a very particular level of expertise. And it can address a host of other benefits, as well, by providing:

Greater Flexibility

Change and evolving business needs go hand-in-hand with information technology. Now more than ever, IT departments are tasked with the need to create more agile, cutting edge business solutions, and their need to quickly adapt can be easily be a make-it-or-break-it proposition for companies. You might not have the time or money to quickly find those individuals who can help expedite your company’s competitive advantage(s) in the marketplace.

Cost Effectiveness

Bringing an IT professional onboard full-time to focus on a particular project can be cost prohibitive if you’re left wondering how they can be utilized once the project is completed. And, of course, there are the costs of benefits to consider, as well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, benefits are worth about 30% of compensation packages.

Reduced Risk and More Control

Augmenting IT staff, rather than outsourcing an entire project, can not only help ensure the right skill sets are being utilized, but risk can be mitigated by maintaining oversight and control in-house.

Quicker, Easier Access to the right IT pro’s

Thankfully unemployment is lower than it’s been in years, and in the IT industry it’s less than half the national average. So quickly finding the right person with the perfect skill sets can seem harder than finding a needle in a haystack. Companies’ recruiting efforts don’t focus exclusively on IT; they’re filling jobs in finance, marketing, HR, manufacturing, et al. Turning to IT experts who maintain large networks of professionals can uncover the right personnel quickly.

An answer to Attrition

Remember that low jobless rate in the IT sector? Sure, it’s great news, but it also means there’s a lot of competition for the right resources. There will be attrition―it’s a given. And utilizing staff augmentation can help combat that by placing individuals on specific projects and initiatives for a designated period of time.

Call on the Experts

If you have questions about augmenting your IT staff with the best and brightest the industry has to offer, contact the professionals at staffaug@gdt.com. Some of the largest, most noteworthy companies in the world have turned to GDT so key initiatives can be matched with IT professionals who can help drive those projects to completion. They possess years of IT experience and expertise, and maintain a vast network of IT professionals who maintain the highest levels of certification in the industry. They’d love to hear from you.