This is an age old question plaguing business managers since time immemorial. Whether to get in a consultant or hire a full time employee to cover the slack. The pros and cons are usually fairly stark.
The summary below is only applicable for skilled consultants who you want to deliver on specific solutions.
More often than not permanent/contract employees with the skills you need never settle in your organisation or deliver the results you are after because you fail to engage them properly. Often a high skilled employee will have issues adapting to a culture where the rest of the business do not buy into their vision or resist change too much. The same with contractors.
This is why small and medium sized businesses have difficulty in getting (and keeping) the skills they need to remain competitive in the digital economy. Saying that, we find the best results come from businesses who invest in growing a data-centric culture in their business, not necessarily by employing data managing employees but by embedding data-centric models into their current processes.
That is where powerful data-centric consultants, like Business DMS, coming in. We specialise in not just developing and embedding data management solutions but in changing processes and ingraining a culture in your business which embraces data as an invaluable asset which we can leverage to grow the futures of New Zealand and Australian businesses which choose to take the path set before us by the digital economy.
Pros: Lower cost per day, more control by management, longer term
Cons: Needs training and on-boarding, generally lower skill set, slower output.
When to use: when you have a long term open ended demand, have a clear understanding, control and governance around what you want to achieve at your business.
Pros: Lower cost, faster value generation (lower cost per day, slow outcomes)
Cons: needs training and onboarding, lower skill set, longer term.
When to use: when you have a specific, urgent need, require immediately value generation or a powerful on demand skillset to help shape the vision for your business.
If you are dead set on hiring an employee then go contact a recruiter. Otherwise if you are ready to embrace the data-centric path for your business then contact us below to see if we can help your business.
// Darren Navi
// Principal Consultant