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Growing Your IT Team: Remote vs. On-Site Staff Augmentation

When demand for your company’s products or services outpaces available manpower – that’s a good thing. But for many IT and Product Managers, the success of a growing business means looming deadlines and limited resources.


When cost and accuracy are chief concerns, outsourcing some or all of an IT project can help keep stress levels at bay. Both on-site and remote staff augmentation have their advantages and best-fit scenarios, so consider the pros and cons of each approach when your business seeks third-party assistance for the next big project.



IT Project Outsourcing: Remote


The Good

  • Generally associated with lower costs and time investment because the outsourcer is responsible for training and quality control

  • Relatively easy and straightforward model for scalability, as new team members can be added in the same way by the outsourcer


The Bad

  • Less flexibility and control when engaging a remote workforce

  • Necessary to do thorough research on the outsourcing vendor beforehand, as the quality of the company will ultimately be reflected in the quality of the work done


The Best-Fit Scenario

  • Companies that are looking for long-term and large-scale support

  • Companies with limited office space or an already large workforce


IT Staff Augmentation: On-Site


The Good

  • Allows for more flexibility when it comes to project management, deadlines, and benchmarks

  • Is typically more well-received by in-house employees and allows for more ease of integration


The Bad

  • Requires greater resources in terms of training, management, and staff support

  • Raises co-employment issues wherein the on-site contractor may feel entitled to full employee benefits


The Best-Fit Scenario

  • Companies that are looking for short-term or project-specific support

  • Companies engaged in a one-off project that demands specialized skills or expertise not found in the existing IT Department

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