How to Build a Scalable IT Department

Most of today’s startups are somehow related to the tech industry. Even the real estate business is evolving with the help of modern technologies (smart houses, etc.). It takes a few IT specialists or even a whole department to be able to integrate something like that. The problem is, building a team of talented IT specialists takes a lot of time and resources. Also, you can’t always be 100% sure you won’t be needing other kinds of IT specialists or just more of them. In other words, it can be crucial that you have an easily scalable team.

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Ongoing Recruitment

If a remote workforce for some reason is not an option for you, there’s another way to have a scalable team – ongoing recruitment. This solution is harder to implement and it requires sufficient resources as well. So, you start by building a solid team of professional recruiters and set up multiple channels to promote your job openings. This way, you would be able to constantly do the screening and interviewing process. Unfortunately, it does not guarantee that you would be able to extend your team and hire someone missing in no time. All you get is a list of possible candidates to choose from.

Outstaffing or Distributed Teams

Everybody knows about freelance platforms and how easy it is to hire someone there. Unfortunately, this option is not safe enough and it’s not a good solution for a complicated or comprehensive project. That’s why let’s skip it and move on to something more fitting. One of the most promising and efficient ways to work with remote IT specialists is building distributed teams with the help of a subcontractor. First of all, you have a contract-based agreement so you don’t have to worry about things like work results ownership or not meeting deadlines. But that’s not even the main benefit. We need to have a scalable IT department and here’s what you get with a distributed team:

  • Your subcontractor provides you with candidates so you don’t have to do the recruitment part;
  • Your subcontractor is the one who does the hiring so it’s less paperwork and operational costs;
  • You don’t need additional office space or hardware and software;
  • You can always request a new specialist and get rid of those who you don’t need anymore.

This model has already proven itself. Even such a comprehensive project like IIOT(Industrial Internet of Things) can be handled by such a team. Aside from the fact that you have an easily scalable team, you also get access to global tech talent. Often, outstaffing companies already have a huge list of IT specialists ready to work on your project. The salary rates are also very appealing because your future team members often come from countries like Ukraine, Belarus and so on (lots of tech talent and lower salary rates).

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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