Sourcing developers in the digital era – when application development becomes part of your company’s core business.
How should IT cope with the new demands for increased speed and agility and how should development resources and competences be sourced when businesses are moving from project-based development to product-based?
The questions above are among the key challenges that digitalization poses to CIOs and IT managers in general. For several years many IT departments have been measured primarily on their ability to reduce cost without decreasing service levels. After having achieved as much as possible in streamlining and optimizing competencies, the next alternative for IT managers have been to outsource parts of their application development workforce.
Entering a world of speed and agility, IT managers will have to realize that purely cost-oriented strategies might not be sufficient to resolve their new challenges.
To solve the demands from business domains with specific requirements for speed and agility, IT will have to rethink their sourcing strategies. While the objective will always be to support line of business with competencies in a way that allows for building long-term relationships between business and IT, the means will differ.
Finding those means require first answering some questions:
- What is the real situation?
- Has too much control been given away to suppliers?
- If yes, which critical positions should be reclaimed to obtain agility and speed across developers and platform teams regardless of whether resources are externally or internally sourced?
- Should the first step be to start insourcing by hiring key resources?
- How to acquire the best resources in a highly competitive work-force market?
- Should current contracts be renegotiated?
- Is it possible to build an ecosystem of internal resources and strategic partners?
Based on our experience in a wide area of IT challenges, Infocom Group has developed approaches and methodologies to help our clients solving questions like the ones above.
By working iteratively with our clients we help them exploit the situation to build new strategic competencies.