Today, developers are playing a key role with more than just software-related issues. This is because they are handling operations in addition to well production environment issues and requirements. The production environment tends to be worlds apart from the development environment because services and applications are sitting on an array of infrastructure like app servers, database servers etc. To most people, the process of gathering requirements, coding, testing and releasing software to production might appear straightforward but it is not. This is because developers do not know the requirements that operations staff have to comply.
Businesses have appreciated the need to use modern technology in order to do various activities. Nowadays, almost every business has a website. This has played a major role in marketing of different products and services. Websites and other systems require to be maintained so that customers can have an easy time navigating through these websites. This is the reason most companies normally have an in-house IT team. However, there is need to outsource these services instead of having a specific IT department in your business. This can be a good option especially if you are starting up your business. You might not have all the resources to pay the employees who work in this department every month.
The consulting agencies, especially in the field of IT have quite a bad stigma of doing nothing but giving advice to people, who otherwise do all the work. Not many people realize that there is an incredible range of reasons, why a business might want to purchase third-party IT consulting services. From simply looking into some issue that has just appeared to identify and fix a fundamental flaw in the IT network. Or even a consultant may be hired to create a new business altogether. So, today we will look into why businesses should consider getting an outside expertise.
In any form of business, objectivity is paramount and it’s important to have a realistic view of your current situation. However, it is not uncommon that during some challenging initiative or a controversial project that management gets wrapped up in corporate politics and emotions. One side sees the risky endeavor as an opportunity, while another side can only see a waste of time or even a liability.
Such conflicts can cause tension within the company itself with no real resolution. In such case, the business hires a consulting agency to have an outside perspective on the current state of things. The best part about such third-party consultants is that they have no emotional or even financial stake here. They are getting paid no matter what and therefore can provide an unbiased eye.
A consultant can also act as a catalyst for change. Even the most progressive startups tend to become stagnant over some period of time, not to mention a large corporation with a developed methodology and time-proven business-model. Business workflows tend to become outdated, but nobody within the company can really see it, due to the same lack of objectivity.
Sometimes businesses may have a need for a very specific kind of expertise. However, it may be unwise, from a financial standpoint, to get an in-house specialist, simply because you might need him once a year for 3 days. Usually, management would not want to pay a salary for the rest 362 days… just in case. So, every once in awhile, you would look for an outside assistance.
This is especially true of IT industry since any of its areas are immensely vast. Gaining access to specialized skills, that the company otherwise does not possess is among the most common reasonings for hiring a third-party. By engaging a consulting firm, you get access to a group of experts who are highly trained in the particular area of interest.
Proof of Concept (PoC)
When there are doubts and uncertainties within a team regarding the amount of knowledge or professional skills, required to complete a project, one of the best courses of actions would be to perform a proof of concept. This is a somewhat controversial topic in the field of software development.
At its core proof of concept is somewhat equivalent to making sure that your product idea strikes a chord with your target audience at all. But the actual area of application can also extend beyond simply products to methodologies.
The most important thing about PoC is that there is no reliable way to do it internally. Since it requires both an unbiased approach and very specific skill-set that is not often required in business.
IT Consulting Services by IntechCore
If your business has a need for an outside view or very narrow specialized expertise, then you can contact us at IntechCore. Our company specializes in providing IT consulting services and performing a PoC for companies from various business domains.