What is IT Staff Augmentation?

Firas Ghunaim
November 17, 2021
What is IT Staff Augmentation?

The Middle East is witnessing a period of accelerated change and digital transformation thanks to global events like Expo 2021 in Dubai and the transformative Vision 2030 underway in Saudi Arabia. 

These ambitious projects along with COVID-19 have forced many businesses and entities to accelerate their digital transformation.

However, not all businesses have the resources to design, develop, and deliver innovative digital products and services consistently - hence, the popularity of outsourcing models such as IT staff augmentation.


What is IT Staff Augmentation?

IT staff augmentation is an outsourcing strategy and tactic that involves recruiting qualified technical workers on an as-needed basis to fill open roles on your team, either temporarily or permanently.

It enables businesses to select just applicants who meet their needs and to eliminate or expand their augmented staff as needed. Many businesses provide employee augmentation. IT staff augmentation companies can assist you in adding competent technical professionals to your in-house development team on a short or long-term basis.

IT staff augmentation is a subset of general staff augmentation. 

Staff augmentation is a sort of contract-based outsourcing service provided by an external supplier to supplement the knowledge and abilities of the current in-house staff. This technique entails assessing existing staff competencies and identifying what skills are required.

Because the vendor employs these resources directly, the vendor avoids the expense and responsibility of creating new full-time personnel. Having said that, remote developers employed through a staffing firm are committed to just one project at a time.


What Are the Benefits of IT Staff Augmentation?

Higher Productivity

In comparison to a project outsourcing team, which may manage numerous projects concurrently, staff augmentation offers a better degree of efficiency since the developers are focused on a single project completely. Working for one customer and adhering to their large goal entails greater degrees of drive and devotion.

Strategic Flexibility

All businesses must become technology-driven; in an increasingly disruptive market - you must become adaptable to the changes that can negatively impact your digital software delivery.

With IT staff augmentation, you grow more adaptable on two fronts, primarily:

  1. You receive access to a diverse pool of IT specialists, from UI/UX designers and front-end developers to Scrum masters and product owners.
  2. It is considerably easier to replace a developer since the talent pool is larger, and if you work with a staff augmentation partner like Sitech, you won't have to spend extra money or waste time.

Cost Optimization

The cost structure of staff augmentation is quite apparent. 

You won't have to worry about administrative or organizational costs like office space, workstations, or other amenities. You merely pay a price, and the vendor handles all of the details, allowing you to focus on your core business operations.

Better Digital Software Delivery

If you choose a tech partner like Sitech; you will benefit from our business-driven mentality. 

Our software engineers, user experience designers, and product managers are all focused on delivering the best digital product possible for your users. As a result, you will find our talent always contributing to the product development process in 2 ways: Software Managed Teams, and through staff augmentation.

Full Ownership of Intellectual Property

All intellectual property rights are yours from the start of your collaboration with your dedicated developers.

Ensure the Smooth Delivery and Success of Major IT Project Outsourcing

How to Succeed with IT Staff Augmentation?

  1. Choose a provider who will supply your remote developers with separate team rooms equipped with all required amenities. At Sitech, for example, our teams have dedicated office space with the client's business identity to simplify the integration of the offshore team with the in-house developers.
  2. Continuous feedback and monitoring on a daily basis. At Sitech, we provide our clients complete freedom in choosing the ideal form of reporting and communication - as well as frequency of coordination between the team and management.
  3. Inquire with the vendor whether they have pros that can assist you in more effectively collaborating with your team. We have Human Capital managers and product managers at Sitech that work with your engineers to assist eliminate any possible misconceptions and issues during your collaboration.

Staff Augmentation vs Other Models

Staff Augmentation

With the staff augmentation approach, you have the option of individually selecting applicants and managing them using the ways of your choice. Essentially, the vendor handles all organizational and administrative burdens, allowing you to focus on your core tasks and engage with your augmented team in the same way that you do with your in-house engineers.

Software Managed Teams

The outsourcing provider handles all parts of your project's development, from forming a team with available developers to handling all procedures on their own. You don't require in-house tech skills or to devote time to your remote development staff. Customers frequently don't know who is working on their project, what developers are presently doing, or which choices are made along the process when outsourcing is being implemented.

Build-to-Own

Build your software managed team that includes software engineers, UI/UX designers, product managers, QA engineers, marketers, and data scientists. Sitech manages the hiring and performance of your team until an agreed upon period has passed and transfers full ownership to you.

Sitech has 14 years of digital product development and delivery experience ensuring that your team’s performance and delivery is always optimized. If you are looking to build or hire a large team of software developers and engineers, you can outsource to a country that provides a wider range of rich tech talent, such as Jordan.

If you need help delivering your software and digital products through staff augmentation or Software Managed Teams; our team is ready to help you grow. Contact us here to boost your digital capabilities today!

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