SOLO DEVELOPER VS THE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
Unless you're running a tech startup in sunny California, you are probably not thinking about hiring as many software engineers, network administrators, and other IT majors. Why would you?
Most companies outside of tech industry reasonably rely on one-man-band companies or even freelancers for all things IT a go to person who knows how your company works, what it needs, and simultaneously doesn't need to sleep all day in the office when all works fine. But what works for smaller companies and less ambitious projects, could be the death of others.
An exhausted solo engineer won't be able to provide you with the attention of a dedicated account manager whose sole job is to be there for you.
Army-of-one works until it doesn't
So, you got yourself a freelancer. He's your one-stop shop for any database, network, and software issues. But your freelancer doesn't live in a vacuum they get their own clients, personal issues, sometimes life just gets in the way of things. At some point, while getting busier with complex projects, it would not be humanly possible for the freelancer to pay as much attention to every client and to your company. The personal service that you got used to will naturally disappear.
Eventually, your company's growth will turn into stagnation because its IT infrastructure can't support it.
What should you do? Look for another freelancer and waste time teaching him all the intricacies from scratch? This would take time and resources, only to lead to the same inevitable conclusion. For some companies, hiring a team of IT specialists seems a quick answer, but they shouldn't forget the amount of training required and that you don't need the software engineers in a catering service company every day. It appears like a managerial cul-de-sac, yet there is always a way out.
Safety in numbers
some bicker about the freelancers and their loyalties , some choose to hire bigger companies (Tentacle Solutions ) specializing in coming in and solving your IT trouble in a way that works for you. Those companies have the Infrastructure. Professionalism. Speed and sheer computing power.
An exhausted solo engineer won't be able to provide you with the attention of a dedicated account manager whose sole job is to be there for you. Simple as that.
More staff means all of your issues will be analyzed, researched, and solved quickly and efficiently. When time and personal care are a luxury, only the best and biggest can afford it from the first day to many years down the line.
Even the most talented one-man-bands can't compete with a full-fledged orchestra.