10 Jul Hiring Or Outsourcing A CCNP Level Network Engineer—Which Is Right For Your Business?
When it comes to networking, there’s no bigger or more recognized brand than Cisco: With sales that exceed 50 billion US dollars annually and the status of being the world’s twelfth most valuable brand overall, Cisco is clearly a world leader in the field of network training and equipment. As a result, Cisco-certified network engineers are in high demand; most businesses that deal with IT in any way have at least one CCNP network engineer on board. After all, whether you’re an SME, enterprise, or a service provider, chances are good that you’re going to interact with Cisco technology at some point.
For SMEs and smaller enterprises, however, the cost of hiring an in-house network engineer can be prohibitive—especially if IT-related services form only one aspect of the company (rather than being its predominant focus). For these companies, outsourcing network design, support, and implementation duties provides a viable, cost-effective alternative to conventional employment. To figure out whether or not outsourcing is right for you, consult the following guide to the differences between hiring and outsourcing a network engineer:
As is the case in many industries, the number one difference between hiring a network engineer in-house and hiring one to work remotely is the expense involved. CCNP network engineers typically command high salaries because of the level of training and expertise involved in becoming a Cisco-certified network engineer. However, while this is the case around the world, because wages are lower overall in many adequately “tech savvy” nations like India, Sri Lanka, and China, you can hire a CCNP network engineer offshore for substantially less than it would cost to hire one within North America. Remember that because CCNP certification is standardized around the world, there is no difference between the training or qualification level of a foreign worker and one sourced locally. As such, you’ll be getting exactly the same caliber of service at a fraction of the cost if you outsource.
Additionally, outsourced workers will not be paid sick leave, maternity pay, bonuses, shares, pensions, etc. The agency that they work for will be responsible for providing all of these benefits, saving your company a substantial sum over the years.
Most in-house network engineers specialize in a given area, e.g. data center management, security, wireless, etc. Outsourced engineers, on the other hand, usually work with a larger and more diverse array of clients over the years, allowing them to pick up a range of different skills. Likewise, because many outsourced network engineers work within agencies that staff multiple network professionals, even if the first engineer you work with lacks a given specialty, he (or she) can probably connect you with someone else in the agency who has it. Outsourcing therefore tends to provide greater freedom of choice.
Level of risk.
Obviously, you don’t want to trust your network security to the first inexpensive engineer you find—and this fact makes outsourcing feel risky for many firms. However, while it’s true that in-house network engineers are easier to conduct background checks on, there are several precautions you can take to ensure that you end up working with a reliable, trustworthy offshore engineer: Most notably, you should source your engineer from an agency that has great reviews and ask them to sign both a strict non-disclosure agreement and a service-level agreement. This will ensure that you get safe, high-quality service.
Embracing A Global Workforce
Much of the secret to Cisco’s success is their global mindset, so it’s only fitting that those who work with Cisco equipment consider outsourcing when trying to meet their network management needs. If you follow the right process, you’ll save money while still meeting all of your target objectives—and that’s a solid business decision.