June 5th 2020
Andrew is a freelance technology journalist, marketer, & dog parent.
However, with the ongoing global tech talent shortage, it’ll be challenging to achieve unless companies get creative. However, the good news is that there are options.
One way to do this is to embrace IT outsourcing as a core part of your digital transformation and software development strategy. Done correctly, it can be a highly successful HR tool to access top tech talent nearshore and offshore.
1. Custom Software Development
Companies that digitize their functions and processes demand custom software to optimize processes. In this scenario, businesses will be well-placed to identify new opportunities and engage in innovation.
Over the next six months, almost 50% of organizations are expected to delegate software development and integration to a trusted third-party provider. This approach will enable affordable access to software engineers to build new software or improve existing solutions.
2. Enterprise Cybersecurity
The following industries are key targets for cyber attacks:
As cybersecurity becomes more proactive and sophisticated, organizations are expected to outsource a variety of security functions like network monitoring and penetration testing to fill the skills gap (cost-effectively).
3. Web Operations
Web operations are common across digitally transformed industries. As a result, you can expect it to have an increasing impact on the world of IT outsourcing.
Outsourcing of web-based projects includes the deployment, management, and maintenance of functions like:
- Corporate portals
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems
- eCommerce solutions
- Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications
Research suggests that 67% of businesses that run large and mission-critical web projects will hire remote web developers and dedicated teams to support their web operations this year.
4. Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
To transform traditional business operations into intelligent ones, at least 48% of organizations will outsource AI and automation functions to established partners. This approach boosts productivity while responding to the talent shortage effectively.
5. User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) Design
However, outsourcing design functions won’t be limited to UI and UX specialists. You can also expect designers working on Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality projects to meet the demands of eCommerce, manufacturing, healthcare institutions, and more.
As you can see from the above, the pandemic isn’t slowing down technological initiatives and innovations. The only hurdle is the tech talent shortage that’s resolved effectively through outsourcing.
Companies that take an active and creative approach to resolve IT challenges now will be well-placed to thrive in a post-pandemic world.