Extended software development teams – bridge the tech gap 1.0

The Netherlands, renowned for its progressive outlook and thriving tech ecosystem, has witnessed remarkable advancements in the digital realm. Yet, as technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, a persistent challenge remains: bridging the tech gap.

This is an urgent issue for employers in the Netherlands as the percentage of hard-to-fill tech job openings continues to rise: 59% compared to 57% in 2020 and 58% in 2021*. When it comes to countries where tech jobs are most difficult to fill, the Netherlands has been placed in the top 3 for several consecutive years.

* State of European Tech 2022

In a country where innovation is highly valued and digital transformation is a priority, finding effective strategies to narrow the gap between technology demands and available talent has become paramount.

Extended software development teams in Moldova can be a valuable tool in bridging the tech gap, particularly for companies that lack in-house tech expertise or resources. 

The extended software development team model is a dynamic and flexible approach that has gained popularity in the Dutch tech industry. Unlike traditional in-house teams, this model leverages the power of remote collaboration, enabling businesses to access a talent pool of skilled developers. With the extended team model, companies can seamlessly extend their development capabilities by integrating remote team members who work in tandem with their in-house staff. This model offers numerous advantages, including enhanced scalability, access to diverse skill sets, cost-effectiveness, and the ability to tap into specialized expertise from Moldova. By fostering seamless communication, effective project management, and a shared sense of purpose, the extended software development team model has emerged as a transformative solution for bridging the tech gap and driving innovation forward.

To effectively bridge the tech gap with an extended team model, companies should carefully select their partners based on their expertise and cultural fit, and establish clear communication channels to ensure effective collaboration. 

“First of all, as a startup, it’s important to consider all budgets but invest mostly in technology. Therefore, it’s been a simple but also fast choice to work with an external development team. It is hard to find talent in The Netherlands. We started looking into different countries, and we found a solution in Moldova with BackstageIT. This gave us the power to expand our team way faster.” Axel Dekker, CEO at Packaly.

BackstageIT was created in 2019 with the vision of helping its partners extend their in-house team with additional software development talent. The company finds IT talent in Moldova quickly and efficiently. Their unique approach creates an environment where programmers

collaborate to deliver projects at the highest level. BackstageIT provides everything that off-shore developers need to become valued members of the in-house team from the Netherlands and provides training and support to ensure the employees understand clients’ needs and culture.

They also offer proactive monitoring and management to ensure that their client’s team members are constantly growing professionally and are always eager to learn more, and so far, this “Extended Teams” business model has shown great results for their clients from the Netherlands, as they are not affected anymore by the tech gap that is currently ongoing throughout Europe.

At the moment, BackstageIT hosts around 100 developers, for 18 companies, and because of the high demand, they estimate to double their IT talent by the end of the year.

Article from Emerce.