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Scaled Engineering: Enhancing Staff Augmentation Services

Scaled Engineering is a strategic approach to Staff Augmentation Services designed to not only expand software development teams capabilities but also to enrich them with specialized skills and expertise to accommodate growth in the organization and its products.

It's ideal for businesses aiming to speed up project delivery, tackle complex technical challenges, or scale their operations efficiently without compromising on quality or innovation.

Software development excellence fuels business performance while talent shortage is the biggest constraint for achieving sustainable growth

Companies with the highest Developer Velocity Index* experienced revenue growth four to five times faster than others. These companies also had 60% higher total shareholder returns and 20% higher operating margins

– McKinsey


* The Developer Velocity Index measures how fast and effective an organization is in developing software applications that drive business growth.

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69% of employers globally report talent shortages and difficulty hiring – a 15-year high. The IT sector is particularly affected, with employers struggling to find skilled professionals in software development, cybersecurity, and data analysis to provide sustainable growth and keep pace with digital leaders.

 

- ManPower Group

Our solutions directly impact business outcomes

50%

Savings by cloud optimization for a Financial Services Company

20%

Increase in user adoption for a Mortgage Lender company

47%

Reduction of DevOps' spend for a major National Healthcare company

We build trust, from SaaS to Enterprise with 400+ Projects Delivered in Over 30 industry sectors

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What We Offer: Staff Augmentation and Scaled Engineering

At a small scale, almost anything can work. At a big scale, choices become constrained…

Forte Group has refined methods for recruiting the talent you need, with a full spectrum of complementary product services.

Whether you seek short-term resources and competencies or are planning for long-term growth, Forte Group provides flexible models - from simple Staff Augmentation to Scaled Engineering.

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  • Scaled Engineering
  • Goal
  • Approach
  • Impact on Organization
  • Flexibility
  • Talent Management
  • Cost
  • Timeframe
  • Best Suited For

Goal

The goal is to temporarily enhance a team's capacity or skill set to address short-term project needs or skill shortages without making long-term changes to the team's structure.

Approach

Involves hiring external professionals on a contract basis to work alongside the existing team for a specific period or project.

Impact on Organization

Provides a temporary boost to the workforce with minimal impact on the core structure of the team and long-term headcount.

Flexibility

Offers high flexibility, allowing companies to quickly adapt to changing project demands and technological changes.

Talent Management

Allows access to a global talent pool for specific skills on a short-term basis, without the need for long-term employment commitments.

Cost

Can be more cost-effective in the short term, as it avoids the overhead associated with full-time employees.

Timeframe

Suitable for immediate needs, with a quick hiring process and short-term engagements.

Best Suited For

Best for projects with clear, temporary requirements or when needing to quickly address skill gaps without long-term hiring.

  • Goal
  • Approach
  • Impact on Organization
  • Flexibility
  • Talent Management
  • Cost
  • Timeframe
  • Best Suited For

Goal

The goal is to strategically grow and evolve the software engineering team and its processes to support long-term growth and increase operational capacity.

Approach

Entails a comprehensive restructuring of teams, processes, and infrastructure to accommodate a larger scale of operations and more complex projects.

Impact on Organization

Has a significant impact on the organization's structure and processes, requiring a shift in culture, communication, and management practices.

Flexibility

Requires a more deliberate and planned approach to change, with a focus on long-term adaptability and scalability.

Talent Management

Involves developing and managing a larger permanent workforce, with a focus on retaining talent and nurturing team growth.

Cost

Involves a larger upfront investment in team restructuring and process development but can lead to greater efficiencies and cost savings in the long run.

Timeframe

Geared towards long-term planning and gradual implementation, with a focus on sustainable growth.

Best Suited For

Ideal for companies experiencing steady growth, requiring a strategic approach to scaling their software development capabilities over time.

Benefits of Staff Augmentation and Scaled Engineering

  • Staff Augmentation
  • Scaled Engineering
  • Boosted Flexibility
  • Access to Experienced Professionals
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Targeted Skill Sets
  • Objective Insights
  • Improved Efficiency and Productivity
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Access to the Latest Technology
  • Risk Mitigation

Boosted Flexibility

Staff augmentation allows businesses to adjust their workforce size as needed, offering time and cost savings, and is essential for handling variable workloads and deadlines.

Access to Experienced Professionals

Staff augmentation gives businesses quick access to skilled professionals, reducing training time and speeding up project completion.

Cost-Effectiveness

Staff augmentation is a cost-effective hiring alternative, avoiding long-term expenses like full-time salaries and benefits, thus reducing project costs.

Targeted Skill Sets

Staff augmentation allows businesses to hire professionals with specific skills, ensuring high-quality task completion and project success.

Objective Insights

Short-term staff members can provide an objective voice and fresh perspectives on projects. Their temporary status makes them less likely to be influenced by office politics, allowing them to focus solely on delivering the best possible outcomes

Improved Efficiency and Productivity

Staff augmentation boosts operational efficiency and productivity by providing immediate access to skilled professionals, speeding up project completion.

Competitive Advantage

Staff augmentation can give businesses a competitive edge by enabling them to complete projects with better quality and efficiency. This can help businesses stay ahead of their competitors and meet customer expectations more effectively

Access to the Latest Technology

Staff augmentation companies often invest in the latest technologies and tools. By partnering with these companies, businesses can access cutting-edge technologies without making significant investments, keeping them ahead in the technological race

Risk Mitigation

Staff augmentation can help mitigate risks associated with IT projects by providing businesses with experienced and skilled IT professionals. Their expertise in the latest technologies and best practices can reduce the likelihood of errors and project delays.

  • Strategic Growth and Scalability
  • Comprehensive Skill Development
  • Long-Term Cost Savings and Efficiency
  • Sustained Competitive Edge
  • Advanced Technology Integration
  • Focused Strategic Development
  • Cultural and Structural Transformation
  • Risk Management and Resilience

Strategic Growth and Scalability

Scaled engineering provides a framework for long-term growth and scalability, enabling companies to systematically expand their capabilities and handle increasingly complex projects over time.

Comprehensive Skill Development

Scaled engineering fosters a more holistic skill development within the team, ensuring a wide array of competencies that are crucial for tackling multifaceted challenges and promoting innovation.

Long-Term Cost Savings and Efficiency

Scaled engineering goes beyond the cost-effectiveness of avoiding long-term expenses associated with full-time hires. It strategically enhances operational efficiency and productivity through process optimization and infrastructure improvements, leading to significant long-term savings and performance benefits.

Sustained Competitive Edge

By enabling organizations to strategically grow their engineering capabilities, implement sustainable development practices, and continuously innovate, scaled engineering ensures a sustained competitive advantage that is more profound than the temporary edge provided by staff augmentation.

Advanced Technology Integration

Scaled engineering involves embedding advanced technologies and practices into the core processes of the organization, ensuring that teams remain at the forefront of technological advancements.

Focused Strategic Development

Beyond allowing businesses to concentrate on core activities, scaled engineering aligns the entire engineering function with strategic business goals. It ensures that every aspect of the engineering operations contributes to overall business growth and development.

Cultural and Structural Transformation

Beyond the objective insights brought by temporary staff, scaled engineering fosters a cultural and structural transformation within the organization. It encourages a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and innovation, leading to a more dynamic, agile, and responsive organization.

Risk Management and Resilience

Scaled engineering enhances risk mitigation by establishing robust processes, scalable infrastructure, and a skilled, adaptable workforce. This approach not only reduces the likelihood of project errors and delays but also builds resilience against market changes and technological disruptions.

Why Forte Group

Our sourcing capabilities, mature software development and management processes, proven performance framework, deep technical expertise and flexible engagement models guarantee business outcomes

AGILE DEVELOPMENT

Work directly with the developers

No matter which challenges your project is about to overcome, you stay in the loop of building your software. We are highly responsive to your concerns and advocate for transparency on each step of the collaboration.

VALUE CREATION

Scale your team as you go

From just one niche specialist to a full-blown team, we put together a list of hand-picked CVs with rates in front of you in a matter of days. As your business and tech needs change, so does our offering, so you can extend or reformat your augmented IT team when priorities shift.

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Hire specialized talent when and where you need it

To arm you with the best talent available on the market, we provide offshore, nearshore, remote, and managed software delivery teams in six locations. We match your business goals and capacities with a precisely proportioned mix of software professionals from our pool of 500+ engineers.

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Leverage our collaborative approach

Once you hire a dedicated or managed team, it seamlessly integrates with your existing IT infrastructure and starts producing value from day one. You’ll stay in the know with regular sprint planning and reviews, with hands-on experience of your digital product.

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2.5 years is the average period of partnership

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+30% acceleration in time-to-market

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25+ years of experience delivering quality engineering

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Flexible engagement models with deep technical expertise

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Offshore and Nearshore teams of highly-skilled professionals based in Eastern Europe and Latin America

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Product development and performance framework that guarantee business outcomes

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900+ technology experts in 10 locations worldwide

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500+ pool of engineers

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400+ projects delivered

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3 months to Full velocity of first scrum team only

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98 % of our clients: «Forte Group is easy to work with»

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50% Savings by cloud optimization

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27% Engineering & Product OPEX reduction 

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47% Reduction of DevOps 

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new revenue streams to market

FORTE GROUP'S Trio of Dedicated Partners Guarantees Success

We provide leadership through trust, technical expertise and consistent delivery

Relationship

Inna Haddad

Client Partner

Inna Haddad

Your trusted advisor, ready to assist with any project needs

Technology

LUCAS HENDRICH

Chief Technology Officer

Lucas Hendrich

Technical oversight and governance, ensuring we are delivering the best-of-breed solution architecture

Results

EGOR GORYACHKIN

Delivery Partner

Egor Goryachkin

Guaranteeing delivery, from inception and discovery through deploying to production

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Our Launch Process is Swift and Simple

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Our Launch Process is Swift and Simple

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Book a Meeting

Let us know about your project and goals

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Assess your Needs

We collaborate to define your requirements and forge a custom plan

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Plan your Project

Get a detailed roadmap and architecture from our discovery workshops

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Start

We're ready to kick off your project in only 2-4 weeks

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Common Questions & Answers
What is the difference between Staff Augmentation and Scaled Engineering?

Staff augmentation and scaled engineering are distinct strategies for enhancing a software team's capabilities, each with unique goals, approaches, and impacts on an organization. Staff augmentation is primarily a short-term solution aimed at temporarily filling skill gaps within a team by hiring external personnel on a contract basis, thereby offering immediate flexibility and scalability without permanently increasing headcount. It focuses on addressing immediate needs with minimal changes to the team's core structure. On the other hand, scaled engineering is a long-term strategy designed to restructure and expand a software team and its processes to support organizational growth, improve productivity, and manage increased workloads effectively. This approach involves strategic planning, adopting scalable methodologies, and may necessitate a cultural shift within the organization to accommodate a larger, more complex operation. Essentially, while staff augmentation adds temporary external talent to an existing team setup, scaled engineering fundamentally reimagines and expands the team and its processes to foster long-term growth and sustainability.

Is the Staff Augmentation the best choice for my company?

Staff augmentation is an optimal solution for companies facing specific circumstances such as short-term skill gaps, the need for cost-effective scaling, project-specific expertise requirements, the pursuit of flexibility and adaptability in workforce management, the urgency to maintain project timelines, the desire to access a global talent pool, the intention to reduce hiring risks, and the focus on core competencies. It enables businesses to quickly fill skill shortages for short-term projects or workload surges without the long-term commitments associated with hiring full-time employees. This approach offers the benefits of cost savings, access to a wider range of skills, reduced hiring risks, and the ability to rapidly adapt to changing market demands or project needs, making it an ideal strategy for companies looking to efficiently manage their workforce and maintain a competitive edge.

Is Scaled Engineering the best choice for my company?

Software scaled engineering is the optimal strategy for companies aiming for long-term growth, handling complex projects, pursuing strategic scaling to enter new markets or expand product offerings, striving to maintain a competitive edge through innovation, and seeking efficiency at an increased scale. It's particularly beneficial for businesses needing to optimize processes and workflows to maintain or enhance efficiency as their software projects and engineering teams expand. Additionally, scaled engineering supports sustainable development practices, enabling companies to grow without compromising quality or productivity, and provides a framework for expanding development infrastructure to accommodate more engineers and more complex workflows. This approach is also crucial for companies that need to quickly adapt to market changes and technological advancements, ensuring agility and responsiveness. Essentially, scaled engineering is suited for organizations looking to strategically enhance their engineering capabilities, manage growth effectively, and remain agile in a competitive landscape.

Does staff augmentation increase costs?

Staff augmentation offers a cost-effective alternative to hiring and maintaining in-house employees. It allows you to eliminate expenses tied to recruitment, employee benefits, health insurance, training, 401K, office supplies, and more. Moreover, its flexibility allows you to seamlessly adjust your headcount in response to workload fluctuations.
With staff augmentation, you can tap into talent pools in countries with lower costs of living. This often proves more economical than hiring locally or in cities with a high cost of living.

How is staff augmentation different from managed product services or software outsourcing?

Both approaches have their merits, depending on your specific requirements. With staff augmentation, you retain control over managing any third-party staff directly. Conversely, in a software outsourcing model, you take a more hands-off approach by delegating day-to-day management and administrative tasks to the outsourcing partner.

Staff augmentation is ideal when you seek to enhance your existing teams while maintaining a level of management involvement. On the other hand,  managed product services are preferable when you aim to distance yourself and fully delegate your software development needs to an external team.

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Eric Elsen BDM at Forte Group

Eric Elsen

Director of Business Development at Forte Group