Thought Leadership
8 minutes

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, companies are increasingly facing significant challenges in scaling their operations, particularly when it comes to expanding their IT teams.

Pain Points of Scaling Fast

A recent study by CompTIA highlights the stark reality: 43% of companies report being understaffed in IT roles, and 68% anticipate considerable difficulties in filling these positions. This staffing crisis is exacerbated by the prolonged recruitment process, which typically spans over 50 days to locate, interview, and hire candidates, not including the time required for onboarding.

Moreover, the financial burden of recruitment is substantial. For example, hiring a Java developer at a salary of $100,000 can quickly escalate to an effective cost of $180,000 when considering overhead and recruitment fees. For companies needing to hire several new employees quickly, this can result in massive new fixed costs. 

Not to mention productivity typically suffers during the initial weeks, with new employees operating at about 25% productivity in their first month and taking up to six months to reach full performance levels.

These daunting challenges underscore the need for innovative solutions to expedite the scaling process and mitigate the associated costs and delays.


The Advantages of Outsourcing for Scaling

Outsourcing and nearshoring have emerged as potential solutions to the challenges of rapid scaling and talent acquisition, particularly in the realm of IT and specialized positions. By turning to a third-party outsourcing company, businesses can bypass the lengthy and costly hiring processes typically associated with expanding their internal teams.

Immediate Access to Expertise

One of the most significant advantages of outsourcing is the immediate availability of experts who are adept in niche areas. This is particularly valuable for positions that require specialized knowledge, such as PCI compliance in Fintech, challenges in ticketing systems, or complex integrations. For instance, an outsourcing partner can provide a team of Fintech experts familiar with PCI compliance, thereby eliminating the need for extensive training and onboarding.

Speed of Onboarding

With outsourcing, the onboarding process is streamlined significantly if you choose a provider that is a good fit for your requirements. Because the third-party team is already experienced, they can integrate into projects much faster than new hires, who may take several months to reach full productivity. This rapid integration not only saves time but also preserves the momentum of project timelines.

Customizable Teams for Specific Needs

Outsourcing companies often allow for the flexibility to scale teams up or down based on project requirements. This adaptability ensures that companies can manage project costs more effectively without the long-term commitments associated with hiring full-time employees. This model supports a more dynamic approach to project management and development, accommodating changes in project scope with less friction.

Industry Expert Teams

When companies choose to outsource, they can specify the expertise needed for the project at hand. For a project requiring ticketing system expertise, for instance, a partner like Softjourn can provide professionals who already understand the intricacies of venue mapping, vendor integrations, and access control, thereby reducing the ramp-up time typically needed for new hires to learn these specific elements.

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Why Companies Scale Faster With Softjourn

Softjourn stands out as a leader in the outsourcing industry, equipped with resources and expertise that uniquely position it to help companies scale rapidly and effectively. 

Extensive Talent Pool

With over 300 expert staff members and a vast network of over 10,000 technical professionals, you’ll have access to an extensive database of experts across various disciplines, helping you get the right skills for specific project needs. This large talent pool ensures that no matter the complexity or niche requirement of the project, Softjourn can quickly mobilize the right professionals to begin work without the lag time of recruitment and onboarding.

Expertise Across Various Domains

Whether it's designing sophisticated user interfaces, developing robust back-end systems, or managing intricate cloud infrastructures, Softjourn's team comprises individuals who are not only experts in their fields but also experienced in specific industries. This dual layer of expertise significantly reduces the learning curve and enables a smoother project initiation and execution.

Rapid Team Formation and Deployment

Softjourn excels in forming teams that can integrate seamlessly with existing client operations. Thanks to its dynamic staffing model, Softjourn can assemble and deploy teams quickly, matching client schedules and ensuring that projects keep pace with business objectives. This capability is critical for companies needing to accelerate development cycles and achieve faster time-to-market for their products or services.

Adaptability and Scalability

Softjourn’s approach is highly adaptable, allowing for team sizes to be adjusted as project scopes evolve. This scalability is beneficial for startups and established companies alike, as it provides the flexibility to respond to market demands without committing to long-term employment contracts. Clients can scale their teams up to handle peak loads and then scale down as projects complete or requirements change, optimizing their financial and operational efficiency.


Commitment to Client Success

At Softjourn, the focus is not only on providing skilled professionals but also on ensuring that these teams are aligned with the client’s long-term goals and success metrics. This commitment to client success fosters a collaborative relationship where Softjourn acts as a partner rather than just a provider, deeply understanding and addressing the unique challenges each client faces.

Softjourn's effectiveness in helping companies scale quickly and efficiently is best illustrated through specific examples of past collaborations. Here are three client cases that showcase our expertise:

Case Study 1: Enhancing Infrastructure for an Expense Management Company

A large-scale expense management company faced challenges in developing their technology stack to handle increased demand. Softjourn provided a team specialized in DevOps and cloud infrastructure, which enabled the client to rapidly modernize their legacy systems and integrate new payment solutions. With deep expertise in spend management technology, our team quickly adapted to the client’s environment, reducing the typical onboarding time and immediately boosting project momentum. This partnership not only enhanced the client's infrastructure but also improved their service delivery to end-users, helping to double their growth.

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Case Study 2: Fast-Track App Development for Ticketing Companies

Multiple ticketing companies have approached Softjourn needing quick solutions to develop and deploy functional apps within tight deadlines. Leveraging our specialization in ticketing systems, Softjourn assembled teams that brought immediate development for access control, POS systems, and integrations. The results were the rapid launch of high-quality apps, often in just a few weeks, helping these companies capture market opportunities and meet critical event deadlines.

Case Study 3: Supporting Growth for a Digital Ordering Platform

A decade ago, a then-emerging digital ordering platform needed expertise to scale its technology as it grew. Initially, Softjourn provided a few key specialists to integrate into the client’s team. Over the years, as the platform expanded, Softjourn scaled the team to include dozens of developers who worked collaboratively on expanding features and capacity. This long-term partnership has allowed the client to consistently outpace competition and evolve as a leader in digital ordering.


Your Path to Rapid Scaling with Softjourn

In the dynamic world of business, the ability to scale quickly and efficiently is not just an advantage—it's a necessity. Softjourn provides a proven pathway to achieving this with its vast talent pool of thousands of technical professionals and a track record of rapid team deployment and successful projects. 

Whether you need to enhance your technology infrastructure, develop new applications swiftly, or scale your operations without the burden of long-term overheads, Softjourn has the expertise and the resources to make it happen. Reach out to Softjourn to turn your vision into reality, with precision and speed.