TaaS or Talent as a Service is Topcoder’s version of staff augmentation. We use TaaS when it makes more sense for customers to work with defined resources rather than using our traditional challenge and task models.
The expectation is typically Full time work and long term commitment, at a flat rate. You will be directly working within a client team without Topcoder managing your work. You will still be working completely digitally. Topcoder will help match you to work, provide learning opportunities to ramp up in new technologies and offer support in case you have any escalations. Topcoder will not take a fee from you to be part of TaaS.
Below you can see the existing TaaS opportunities. Click here for more information.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Compete and build up your profiles and skills! Topcoder members become eligible to work on TaaS projects by first proving themselves in various skill sets through Topcoder competitions. Keep learning and competing to earn statistics on your Topcoder profile page that demonstrates your expertise. Once you become rated in any competition track, you are eligible to participate in TaaS engagements.
ONCE I COMPETE ENOUGH TO BECOME ELIGIBLE, THEN WHAT?
By having a solid profile that shows expertise in at least one area (being rated), you will be moved higher in the list as we match TaaS members to customer requests. Our platform scans our community looking for the top members for various in-demand skill sets.
WHY DO WE HAVE TAAS?
TaaS become more relevant in situations where public challenges are not ideal. For example, when certain work requires developers to gain access to client environments or when the customer prefers to work in more of a one on one situation with a resource. Also, some work may be more efficient to complete in a collaborative manner rather than in a competition style. In these cases, having a group of skilled members working together with the customer’s team may be more practical.
WHAT IS A TAAS POOL?
These are identified groups of Topcoder members who have proven expertise in a key piece of technology/skill. If you are in a pool, then you are pre-qualified to join TaaS opportunities. This will increase you’re likelihood of being matched to an opportunity. Once you are part of a pool, then you are eligible to accept opportunities to join a TaaS opportunity.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
As a member of Topcoder, you will need to decide if you are willing to make the commitment to a given project and/or customer depending on how the opportunity is outlined. If you are not able to accept an assignment, there is no obligation. However, if you do accept an assignment, it is expected that you adhere to the requirements of the assignment.