More and more small businesses are making technology a priority in their day-to-day operations. Customer relationship management (CRM) systems, financial software, and hardware are gaining traction in small businesses for their abilities to streamline a company’s workflow and improve efficiency, among other things.
As such, the need for software providers, consultants, developers, and other professionals has also grown. However, to the untrained eye or for non-technical founders, CEOs, and executives, it is often difficult to figure out which IT professional they need to work with. After all, with all the different job position titles, the search for a company’s next IT professional can be confusing.
Here, we talk about software consultants and senior engineers, their roles, responsibilities, and the things they bring to the table. Software development services provider DevsData explains that whether you are starting a product from scratch or you already have a software team and are looking to grow it, you need the right professionals for specific types of development projects. They are key to the success of the project.
A software consultant is an IT professional hired to give advice on strategy, design, building, and sometimes implementation of software that solves business problems. They carry out these tasks often with the collaboration of software developers. These professionals are usually senior developers with years of experience and know-how in the industry.
As the name implies, the main role of these professionals is a consultancy, i.e. offering their expert advice. They provide an independent and unbiased ‘health check’ of your organization’s current business and tech plans. They zero in on the tech-related weak spots and areas of improvement within the business operations and then propose solutions.
On the other hand, a senior engineer’s job focuses more on the building of software. These professionals design, develop, and install software solutions for a company’s operations. They are also usually part of a development team, supporting others in the creation and maintaining IT systems.
The software engineers have numerous years of programming experience, hence their senior status. They usually have advanced knowledge of at least one major programming language, and a strong understanding of other languages as well. They possess the know-how on project management, coding language, and frameworks, information analysis, as well as software design, architecture, documentation, testing, and maintenance.
If the software consultants are the ones who make the plan, software engineers make it happen. The junior engineers build on the current structures, senior engineers build the current structures.
Even with the most rigorous recruitment process, it is often impossible to check for everything. Usually, it might be a good idea to give the candidate a set of paid trial tasks that he can do within an agreed time period. This will test how quickly he can get understand the codebase and project in general, and whether he can get along with other team members.
If the candidate is on the market right now, it might even be a good idea to give him a week-long ‘test run’ of working for your company before signing the agreement. Next, after signing the contract, it is advisable to agree on a probation period of about three months.
Software consultants look at technology from the business perspective. They offer advice on the latest technology trends and best practices. Their main goal is to help clients make better business decisions. Additionally, consultants tend to look at the bigger picture and think outside the box. They keep your marketing goals and business objectives in mind while ensuring that engineering adjustments and decisions are still within the allocated budget, timeline, and client requirements.
Engineers, meanwhile, focus on managing their workload, team members, and general progress of the entire team. Their role is senior, but not a managerial one, which means they have the tendency to perform better when acting alone as they are able to work with a team but they might have problems communicating with other members.
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