An Enterprise Performance Partner Understands Your Technology. An IT Staffing Company Doesn’t. Here’s Why that Matters.

Brian Trout, Executive Vice President, Sales, Baer
Brian Trout
Executive Vice President, Sales
12 January 2024

A large state agency needed to staff their SAP S/4HANA transformation, and wisely, they understood how critical it is to have the right expertise in place. The right people bring best practices, speed time to value, minimize risk, and ultimately drive stronger business performance. Hire someone that isn’t a true skills match, and you risk delays and implementation failures. To ensure they found the right people for the job, the hiring manager was personally reviewing every resume and interviewing the top candidates for each of the approximately 75 contingent roles they needed to fill. As you can imagine the lift was so massive that it was slowing down the program.

So what’s the solution? How can enterprises and systems integrators minimize the massive effort involved in staffing a large-scale S/4HANA program but still identify the right expertise?

The answer is an enterprise performance partner that specializes in identifying expertise for S/4HANA programs.

An Enterprise Performance Partner vs. A Traditional IT Staffing Agency

A traditional IT staffing company may have topical knowledge of SAP, or they may be able to surface resumes for pertinent key words, but will they understand the ins and outs of your brownfield migration? Can they appreciate the nuances of SAP Success Factors? Without deep, meaningful understanding of the technology, they won’t be able to evaluate whether the candidates’ skillsets are a fit for your specialized needs. You’ll still waste hours sifting through resumes that are far off the mark and interviewing people who just aren’t a fit. At best, timelines will slip. In the worst case scenario, companies “make do” and put their programs in real jeopardy.

Conversely, an enterprise performance partner like Baer has a deep understanding of the S/4 HANA architecture, ecosystem, and types of expertise—even emerging ones that few people have hands-on experience with. We can get a handle on the nuances of your program and prescreen expertise on your behalf, asking highly specific questions and closely evaluating previous their experience to ensure their skills are a match for your planned architecture. It will save you countless hours that you can dedicate to doing the critical planning and preparatory work to move your program forward.

In fact, you can even work with Baer to develop a strategic resource plan and timelines, so when you reach key junctures in your program that necessitate critical skillsets, we have a pre-vetted resource pool lined up and ready for you to pull from.

A traditional IT staffing company can’t do that.

A Precision Approach that Saves Time and Minimizes Risk

At Baer, we refer to this thorough vetting process as a precision approach, and its central to our value proposition. In fact, we have spent years proactively cultivating relationships with proven S/4HANA expertise through our Opportunity Edge job opportunity network. We don’t wait until one of our valued clients, which include leading systems integrators, Fortune 500 enterprises, and government entities requiring security clearance, comes to us with a need. Instead, we proactively cultivate relationships with proven S/4HANA expertise.

For Systems Integrators, the Stakes are Even Higher

When a systems integrator (SI) is in the mix, the stakes are even higher. We partner closely with all the leading SIs when their internal resources are at capacity, or they need a highly specialized skillset that requires outsourcing. We understand that their reputations are on the line. It is imperative that the contingent expertise they bring on board to staff their enterprise customers’ programs be indistinguishable from their own, in house team, and Baer stands ready to deliver.

About Baer

Unlike typical technology staffing companies, Baer is a true enterprise performance partner. We have a deep understanding of the scope of enterprise technology transformation initiatives and the highly specialized skillsets you will need at different stages of the process.

To learn more about how Baer can make a positive impact on your enterprise transformation, please reach out to Brian Trout,, Executive Vice President, Sales, or John Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, at

We look forward to speaking with you and learning about your specific challenges.

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