Not only does this post offer 5 more benefits, but it touches on the importance of picking a partner that gels with your business. In order to successfully help your business, finding that partner who just gets your business is essential.
1. IT’S A SCALABLE SOLUTION
You may only need two people at the beginning of the project… You may need 10, a few weeks in, and then you may need 3 at the end of it. Imagine that headache not being your headache.
Agencies offer a fully scalable and flexible workforce which is dedicated to your project and you only pay for what you need. No more resources hanging around costing money on “the bench”, all your money is put to good use all the time.
2. THEY CAN MONITOR THE TANGIBLE BENEFITS THE WORK HAS PROVIDED
Good agencies don’t leave a project at the handover point. Good agencies monitor and track the key performance indicators of that project the entire way through the engagement. As a result, they will provide insights into its performance and any future enhancements that can add even more value. To do this in-house would be a reporting overhead, for a good agency it’s second nature.
3. THEY HAVE THE TOOLING LICENSES ALREADY MEANING YOU DON`T HAVE TO SPEND BIG ON ONE OFF PURCHASES
With each project there could be a need to employ the use of certain tools and applications. For a company to purchase new tools there is usually an uncomfortably difficult procurement process to navigate as well as the initial capital outlay. Training of the staff with these tools and the tracking of the license numbers and users who are using or have the tools installed.
Agencies can remove that from your plate as well by providing all the necessary and relevant tools, usually with a cut price as a re-seller or they will simply own the tooling themselves.
4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE EXPENSIVE AND RISKY HIRING DECISIONS
Attempting to resource and setup a team to run a project can be a huge undertaking. What is worse is that if the people you end up hiring don’t turn out to be a great fit with each other or the wider company. This can lead to lengthy performance reviews and eventually the requirement to dip back into the market and re-hire someone for the role which can be an expensive journey in itself.
When partnering with an external agency you should always spend time and get to know them up front to see if the culture fit is a good one. Can they work seamlessly with your existing teams?
5. YOU ARE GUARANTEED A SOLUTION
Sometimes a project can become re-prioritised half way through its life-cycle if you had decided to continue down the in-house route. This probably would mean taking those resources out of that project and re-assigning them to others. The project then will either get picked back up at a later date…. Or more likely forgotten about and shelved and all the benefits it would have brought will be lost.
Allocating the task to an agency means allocating the budget and committing to the project without using internal resource. You will have a clear deadline, clear costs and clear success criteria. Effectively you have guaranteed the success and delivery of your own project early on freeing you up to act on new priorities and projects as they arise.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT AGENCY
Before choosing a SharePoint & O365 agency it’s important to consider a few key factors:
Where are they based geographically? Does that matter to you?
Some agencies operate an offshore model where you may find yourself working with developers and analysts in different time zones. Some offer a totally onshore experience so that they can regularly be on site in your offices although these will cost a little more.
Who are their current clients, and do they represent a very different type of customer to you?
If you want to get all the benefits mentioned, perhaps consider looking for agencies with relevant experience in terms of scale and market.
What size of agency do you want or need?
Smaller agencies can be far more enthusiastic and dedicated to your business. Whereas larger ones can bring additional experience to the table and greater scalability for larger projects.
What is their mission and corporate vision. Do you like or agree with the company culture?
A good culture fit, and similar objectives can work in synergy when picking a like-minded partner.
Ultimately you might want a partner that is easy to work with and good to have around the office.
Please do reach out to us if you think you are ready to hear more about how a SharePoint & O365 Agency can help your business grow.