Hiring a Mulesoft developer: 5 common struggles of IT teams

by | Aug 31, 2021

How to identify and engage a proven Mulesoft talent? Especially when it comes to technical roles you or your HR team can find themselves feeling stuck. In the previous blog we discussed what to consider before hiring a technical expert – be it architect or a developer. 

To summarize it, it starts and ends with hiring the right people. And as we all know this does not have to be necessarily done right at the first try. If you decide to take a risk and invest a reasonable amount in quality people, this may pay off. 

Let’s say, you hired a Mulesoft developer with 5+ years of experience, multiple Mulesoft certifications and various experience with Mulesoft projects. But what if a few weeks after hire you realise you made a mistake? You are wasting time and money. Mainly, you are wasting potential. The real Mulesoft gurus would be already bringing you profit & success in projects.

5 common struggles of IT teams with Mulesoft 

Creating an internal Mulesoft IT team can be a good idea, but there are some of the risks that you will most likely encounter.  

#1 Team is underqualified

The most common misconception companies have is that sparing some money on a talent or years of experience is okay. For successful Mulesoft projects you need the problem solvers that will make your customer pick you instead of competition because of your people and their skills. 

#2 Hire/fire cycle

Continuous fluctuation does not just look bad in the eye of a prospective customer, but also brings in challenges internally – how fast can new people adapt to your processes, follow up with ongoing projects, always know where to find the needed documentation, etc.? Instability in your IT team can lead to several errors in projects.

#3 No time to innovate

If you hire a Mulesoft expert, one of the first tasks when working on customer implementations will be to make sure there are no bugs or issues. Especially in the beginning of the developer’s time will be spent on maintenance of Mulesoft and its smooth integration with other existing systems. Plan very precisely how much time (percentage/hour-wise) needs to be spent on “keeping the lights on” and think if it does not collide with how much time you need for innovation and keeping up with Mulesoft updates. 

#4 Team unable to prevent risks

If your internal team (or one person – depends on your budget for Mulesoft people) has enough on their plate with making sure to run existing Mulesoft project at the fastest pace, and at the same time keeping an eye on new releases – think (and plan) how much time needs to be spared for unexpected errors, situations. Golden rule: Don’t fix and break, instead of waiting for things to go wrong, use preventative methods, think two steps ahead. For this task, however, you need to have a dedicated person for risk management & detection. That is why our recommendation is: One Mulesoft developer is not enough. 

#5 Focus on other projects

The same question here. How many Mulesoft experts does your budget allow you to hire? If it is only one person, will this person be able to dedicate fully to a specific Mulesoft project? Or can there be any distractions with other projects? This is in comparison to hiring an external Mulesoft implementation partner risky while the partner is always 100% focused on you and your project. 

Summary

There is no right or wrong. You can either take a risk, hire a Mulesoft developer or architect internally, use the help of a freelancer or you can opt to look for a qualified Mulesoft partner. It all goes back to planning the right strategy for your team and company. If you are looking for more in depth pros and cons of hiring a developer and choosing a partner, stay with us for the upcoming blog about “How to achieve fast ROI with Mulesoft” that will help you with the planning. If you’d like to reach out to us for advice sooner, drop us an email here: sales@mooza.io

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