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Three Big Reasons Why IT Departments Need Outsourcing Help

CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors and IT hiring managers feel they are able to satisfy core and ongoing line of business (LOB) IT initiatives. However, they are losing confidence in their ability to meet the demands of new initiatives. These findings were released as part of a new survey by IT staffing firm TEKsystems.

A big reason why they are struggling is that they are being assailed by three impact areas: Security, mobility and cloud computing. Each of these zones is placing severe stress on IT departments.

While IT leaders seem comfortable that they can address core IT demands and LOB needs, new initiatives seem to be a stressor,” said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman.

According to the survey, the primary response to heavy stress is to recruit personnel skilled in software development related to these areas. But that option is proving tough to execute. TEKsystems said programmers, developers and software engineers are highly difficult-to-fill positions. The company believes that increased demand for top talent means they have little confidence in their ability to fulfill their needs.

So if hiring isn’t likely to be the solution, what is? The best way to bring in programmers that can rapidly and effectively address new technology initiatives in security, mobility and cloud computing is to find the right team of bespoke software developers.

Ballard Chalmers understands:

  • Security and the many cybersecurity threats that exist in the modern IT landscape: Viruses, malware, ransomware, phishing – these and many other dangers lurk. It takes great programming skill to be able to safeguard the enterprise from cyber-threats.
  • Mobility: Cisco’s Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast showed mobile data growing by 69% in one year to more than two Exabytes (EB) per month. Interestingly, the worldwide mobile traffic in one year now exceeds the entire extent of Internet traffic as it stood in the year 2000. With there being close to five billion mobile devices in operation (many of them smart phones which generate 22 times more traffic than a non-smart device), the mobile traffic burden is escalating. With Cisco predicting that monthly global mobile traffic will surpass 24.3 EB by 2019, enterprises need the right applications that can take the organisation forward into this new mobile world.
  • Cloud computing: According to a survey by the Uptime Institute, 50% of IT executives expect the majority of IT workloads to reside in the cloud within the next year. Of those respondents, 70% expect that shift to occur by 2020, and 23% expect the shift will happen by next year. Clearly, enterprises need to get ready for a major shift to the cloud. Yet such skills are rarely available internally.

As a software development specialist, Ballard Chalmers understands the challenges you face in finding just the right person for the job because we've been there. Often IT recruitment agencies simply don't understand or possess the in-depth knowledge required to meet briefs for specialised Microsoft technologies. Since we're in the industry and a certified Microsoft Gold Partner we know exactly what to look for and, importantly, why. From a few months to several years, our staff members and associates are based at client sites across the UK helping to deliver enterprise projects.

For more information contact us using the form below or call 01342 410223.

By Drew Robb, Contributor


Drew Robb is a freelance editor and writer, specialising in the Information Technology sector.

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Ballard Chalmers is one of the UK’s leading enterprise software engineering companies, specialising in development for the Microsoft Enterprise Application Platform. We are principally dedicated to software development and integration for the Microsoft Cloud, as well as on-premises and hybrid systems. Our expertise is in Microsoft .NET, SQL Server, BizTalk Server and SharePoint Server.

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