Questions to Ask When Choosing an IT Consultant
Keen eyed business managers know when to bring in an IT consultant to assist or oversee an important IT project. The difficult part can be in selecting the right IT consultancy for your particular project. Here are some questions you should consider when making that decision.
Do they have experience in the IT project you need carried out?
Look into some of the previous projects each company has carried out. Find out if they have covered the same project type you need consultation for. If possible determine how successful the project was.
Do they have adequate resources for your project?
Consider how large and technically involved your IT project is. If the consultant found themselves stumped by a particular project would they have additional resources to call upon? Would an independent contractor be able to carry out the project or would you need a team with long and varied IT consulting experience to be available?
Do they have experience in your area?
It is important that a company has experience developing IT systems for your particular business type. It means they will be familiar with the specific needs of your business as well as typical hurdles that need to be overcome.
With this experience the IT consultant will be able to keep the project running smoothly, complete it successfully and be prepared well in advance for any challenges they are likely to face along the way.
Do they have experience outside of your area?
Just as it is important that an IT consultant be familiar with your organization type it is also important that they be familiar with a wide range of different business types. The ability to bring a different perspective to a project and apply solutions from other sectors in innovative ways is an enormous asset to any project.
Do they work with an established or proven methodology?
Any IT consultancy should work within a project management framework. There are many different frameworks, some variants of others, not all are successful. Take the time to look at how an IT consultancy will approach a project. Do they dive straight in and hope to work things out as the project moves along or do they plan out the framework for the project, building a foundation for success from the start?
Do they make sure to facilitate communication?
Communication is often overlooked in any project but many studies show that poor communication is one of the leading causes for project failure. Look at how an IT consultant works to facilitate communication in a project. Facilitating agreement between stakeholders is a key aspect of Daysha’s Pathfinder approach to project management.
Can they be objective about your company?
One of the benefits of outsourcing IT project management is the outside-in perspective of the consultants. It means they can identify improvements and solutions the client may not have considered.
Daysha provide IT consultancy services to a wide range of clients in a diverse number of sectors. Read more about the types of clients Daysha have worked with here.