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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Software Development Consultancy

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When your business needs help with IT, it can be difficult to find the right fix. Technology talent is tough to find, and the best people always seem to be taken. Consider hiring a software development consultancy rather than going through an expensive, time-consuming hiring process that doesn’t guarantee you the candidate you want. Weigh the benefits against the potential drawbacks to decide what’s right for your company.

What Does a Software Consultant Do?

Software consultants are not long-term company employees. They’re outside experts. Companies hire them to provide technical guidance, and their expertise may encompass a wide spectrum of needs, including:

  • Software development. Applications for desktop platforms and mobile devices, database development between a wide range of interfaces, and user interface/user experience (UI/UX) for customized software.
  • Technology integration. Accelerated system deployment, identification of inefficient operations, data consistency optimization between systems, and information synchronization.
  • Website design. Web and user interface design, deployment of UI/UX design principles.
  • Mobile applications. Application development, back-end services, and UI/UX design across mobile platforms.

Why Consider Hiring a Software Development Consultancy?

Most businesses prefer to handle their technology needs in-house, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Hiring local employees for software development provides a team that is knowledgeable and always on hand. Their training and growth stay with the company for as long as they do.

Sometimes, though, it’s impossible to find people with the right skills. If you’re an IT director, you are under constant pressure to meet deadlines and deliver excellent work. When your team doesn’t have the right skill set, you’re constantly putting out fires. You race to fix problems and stand in the gap between your company’s needs and your team’s abilities. Businesses often consider hiring a software development consultancy to increase their team’s velocity.

Potential Drawbacks

Let’s start with the cons. A software development consultancy can be more expensive than other hiring solutions in the short-term. When you just can’t find the right talent to hire long-term, you might consider some of the following:

  • Offshore/nearshore
  • Freelance/independent contractor
  • Temporary employees from a staffing agency

Each of these options may appear to cost less than hiring a software development consultant. Sometimes much less. However, a software development consultant can save you money in the long-term by offering high-quality finished products and increasing your productivity. Balance long-term savings against what each solution delivers to decide what’s right for your company.

Benefits of Hiring a Software Development Consultancy

Software development consultancies provide their clients with these benefits:

Highly specialized talent: Choose a company where the average employee has 10 or more years of professional experience. They should be able to provide complete solutions in areas of technical architecture, business systems analysis, project management, quality assurance and automation, and technical support.

Improved efficiency: Software development consultancies can act autonomously to take software development challenges completely off your plate, or they can integrate with your existing team to help in areas where they need knowledge and training.

Save on operating expenses: Your business fluctuates, and so do your software development needs. Software development consultants work on an as-needed basis, so you don’t pay for them when you don’t need them.

Increased productivity: Reduce downtime while your employees wait for software solutions. Take the stress of finding technology solutions away from the employees who don’t have the training to address them.

Ready to discover which option is best for you when it comes to building your technology dream team? Check out this Technology Hiring Prioritization Tool. It will walk you through an assessment of priorities for your team – from budget to communication preferences – and offer you a team expansion recommendation based on your specific needs.

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