The Case for Fractional Engineering Services



The Case for Fractional Engineering Services

Smiling young man standing in office with his coworkers sitting behind him at their desks
Smiling young man standing in office with his coworkers sitting behind him at their desks

If you own a business, odds are extremely high that you’re utilizing some form of technology to help run it. This also means that hiring top-tier engineering talent is probably high on your priority list, or—at least—it should be. Unfortunately, today, that’s easier said than done.

Right now, companies are struggling to hire engineers/developers, particularly at reasonable rates. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, at the end of 2020, there were 1.4 million more software development jobs than there were applicants who could fill them. One of the ways that more and more companies are resolving this critical challenge quickly is by leveraging fractional engineering services.

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What Are Fractional Engineering Services?

Fractional Engineering services provide you with supplemental, end-to-end technical resources so you can successfully operate in today’s digital commerce world. By utilizing flexible working models and on-demand teams, fractional engineering services can seamlessly deliver and maintain all aspects of any sized technical undertaking. Some examples of fractional engineering roles include:

 Chief Technology Officer

 Product Owner

 Q/A Tester

 Solutions Engineer (aka technical architect)

 Software Engineer (frontend, backend, full-stack)

 Dev Ops Engineer

 Engineer Manager

 UX / UI Designer

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The Benefits of Fractional Engineering Services

Many companies have come to rely heavily on fractional engineering services as a quick and effective way to cope with the challenge of hiring technical talent. With that, comes a number of compelling benefits, including:

Flexible Working Models

One of, if not the biggest benefit of using fractional engineering services is the tremendous amount of flexibility it affords you. Contracts can be part-time, short-term, or long-term, and can include on-site local, remote, or off-shore resources. Basically, whatever your particular needs and preferences, fractional engineering services can accommodate them.

Project Efficiency

Even when planned and executed perfectly, complex technical projects are neither quick nor cheap. As for when they’re not planned or executed properly? You can just imagine the results. Fractional engineering services improve the overall efficiency of your project, both in terms of time and money. 

Staffing Efficiency

As you’re probably already aware, hiring in-house resources is a pricey undertaking. From recruiting fees, salaries, health insurance, and other benefits, the costs add up fast. Utilizing on-demand engineering resources not only means saving money, but also means never having to worry about having the right resources on staff at the right time.

Upskilled Employees

As a result of existing employees being busy with their day-to-day responsibilities, they may not always gain exposure to the latest tools and technologies, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to learn. Fractional engineering resources can work side-by-side with your team to ensure the transfer of both knowledge and skills to your employees.

Hire With Confidence

Since all fractional engineering resources have already been vetted prior to joining your team, you can be sure that every person, regardless of role or experience is the exact right person for the job. 

Time to Start is Much Less

Fractional engineering services are a bit like having a standing army, ready to jump into the fray at a moment’s notice. That means a significant reduction in the time it takes to go from identifying a resource to having that resource hit the ground running.

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When Fractional Engineering Services Is the Ideal Solution

While fractional engineering services can certainly help any company, there are certain business scenarios where leveraging fractional engineering services are the ideal solution, such as:

 Companies that simply don’t have the kind of technical talent they need, particularly when a highly-specialized project is involved.

 Businesses whose current in-house resources have no additional bandwidth to take on additional work.

 When the skills of your existing team members are outdated and unsuitable for current or upcoming projects.

 If your company is undertaking a major technology shift or course correction and your existing team just isn't up to the task.

 Projects that need to start and be completed as soon as possible, with no time for a lengthy hiring process.

 Startups can determine if a particular person might be the right candidate long-term.

“Hiring the best is your most important task.”

Steve Jobs

Timing Is Everything

In order for technology to help you run your business, you need to be able to identify, hire, and train the right technical talent when you need them. Fractional engineering services simplify and streamline this process by providing you with vetted, experienced, professionals with the exact skill sets you need to help grow your eCommerce business. With more openings for software development jobs available than there are people to fill them, you could say that fractional engineering services are right on time.

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