In today’s world, technology never sleeps. Many business owners and executives have proclaimed that there “Aren’t enough hours in the day” or “If there were 8 days in a week we could get everything done”. Having said that, there are strategies that all companies, large and small, can utilize with access to engineers in different time zones to give us the 18 hours days we need. Let’s take a look at how companies are taking advantage of these resources and strategies, resulting in faster project speed and turnaround times.
Time zones are irrelevant in today’s development cycle
In the United States, the typically workday starts at around 8:30 and ends by 6. Since there are a limited amount of work hours each day, many IT executives are utilizing outsourced staff augmentation and the time zone difference overseas to get more hours of production out of their IT department.
For example, if a US-based firm had an Eastern European development team that was augmenting their existing staff, there would be about a 4-hour daily overlap between work schedules.
When the U.S. team starts their day at 8:30 am, the offshore developers will have already been working for nearly 4 hours, finishing up the tasks that were defined the previous day. The entire staff would then have about 4 hours of time to meet, discuss & review projects, collaborate, and assign deliverables to make sure that everyone was aligned.
When the offshore engineers go home, the US-based team would have an additional 4 hours to review their work again, prepare the tasks for the upcoming period, and complete additional deliverables before leaving for the day. Afterwards, the process and cycle repeats itself.
If done correctly, you can get 15+ hours of development per day, which can give your company a significant competitive advantage.
Get access to specialized development resources
In addition to the ability to gain additional hours of daily development time, companies utilizing offshore solutions can also get access to developers unavailable in the local market or with hard to find specialties.
More often than not, during a typical development cycle the need for a specialist can arise. Whether it is the temporary need for a Java developer or a more exotic language like Django or Python, professional IT firms can provide this expertise virtually immediately.
Having this on demand pool of resources will eliminate the endless interview cycle and provide the staff you need, saving a significant amount of time and cost while allowing projects to kick off almost immediately. You are that then that much ahead of your competition.
You gain trust by working with a professional staff augmentation firm
You may have a developer or a development team working at 3 AM, and they are half a world away. How can you trust that they are getting the job done right and in accordance with your needs?
With professional IT firms like Softensity, you are working with a local and global company that can deliver the consistent caliber of best in class engineers. The developers are supported locally by a management team, policies and procedures, professional office space, licensed software and significant benefits to ensure happy employees. When a firm is run professionally offshore, you can expect that much more in results.
Staff Augmentation doesn’t have to mean Staff Replacement
Finally, let’s examine what a professional IT firm brings to the table and what it really means.
The goal of this relationship is to lower your average cost development hour, not to push for the replacement of your existing staff. By augmenting your team with professional engineers at a lower cost, you average out your development cost allowing you to provide more value to your clients, enhance your margins and handle more work with less effort.
If this is of interest, contact us today to learn more about our professional services and how they can help move you to new levels of performance and success.