Minding the gap: How to keep your digital momentum when you’re short on talent

Marion Siebert
April 27, 2021

Whether you’re planning on returning to the office or continuing to keep your staff working from home, it’s imperative to sustain the accelerated pace of your digital initiatives. As a silver lining, the pandemic pushed businesses of all sizes to transform overnight and now many are left wondering how to keep that momentum. In order to continue at a healthy pace, it’s crucial to ensure that your entire team is on board and up to speed on any digital changes that may have been implemented over the past year. 

 

But what happens when you don’t already have enough skilled members in-house? 

 

According to a new Gartner report, this year 55% of CIOs will look to add new members to their teams who can support projects surrounding automation, cloud and analytics, and remote work. This push is primarily being fueled by the desire to further propel digital transformation. But as the report also notes, this hiring spree poses a challenge in itself, as most CIOs will likely struggle to find enough skilled employees to meet their organization’s demands, particularly as consumer and employee expectations change

 

Furthermore, the hiring process can quickly drain valuable resources. The time and money spent finding ideal candidates could be allocated elsewhere, such as to ongoing projects that require attention. To solve this problem, solutions like upskilling and Team as a Service (TaaS) have become desirable options. Let’s take a look at how TaaS can help you fill the skills gap. 

 

Upskill your existing team 

TaaS allows you to take the time to address your employee training needs without skipping a beat. Think about it; you suddenly get the time and space to address your employee training needs because you’re no longer worried about who’s monitoring and maintaining your most important digital initiatives. This allows your employees to spend time learning and developing new skills while your projects stay on track. As an added bonus, TaaS often provides hidden upskilling opportunities when internal team members work closely with those on the TaaS side. 

 

Expand at your own pace 

TaaS can be especially beneficial for organizations looking to supplement their existing talent without the cost of bringing in new hires, especially when the competition for talent in the technology sector is fierce. You can find the critical skills you need in TaaS while still searching for candidates who can eventually fill those roles. However, after leveraging TaaS for a period of time, you may find that you no longer need to hire for the same roles that you initially planned.

Get only what you need 

One of the most desirable features of TaaS is that you get exactly what you need, when you need it. You can swap out members of your TaaS team based on whatever your projects require at any given time and without impacting the budget. The services performed by TaaS are always tailored to the specifications of your project, and you can adjust this as needed. 

 

Experiment with new ideas 

The pandemic pushed innovation in ways we’ve never seen and, as a result, creativity soared. Due to social distancing requirements, technology played a pivotal role in the wide-sweeping innovation we saw in 2020. As the world slowly returns to some sense of normalcy, innovation will remain a top priority, and having an external team at your side can be a boon for new ideas. Since TaaS is comprised of team members who aren’t in the daily routines of your organization, it can help  bring a fresh perspective to your projects and processes. As you work toward becoming a digital leader, TaaS can help you gain an edge over the competition. 

 

Learn more 

Want to learn more about how your business can benefit from Team as a Service (TaaS)?  We provide dedicated teams that ensure best practices and processes are tailored to meet your organization’s needs. Contact us to speak with one of our experts to find out if TaaS is a good fit for your organization.

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