A cohesive team of specialists have 3 things that independent contractors almost never do.
Not only do I rely on team members to have skill sets that I do not possess, but I also rely on them for things I’m not current on – like ABAP, for example. Can I write the code? Perhaps, but it would not be a good idea – someone with expertise in ABAP should do it. The same is true for many other areas on which an individual may have worked, but not be an expert on. Elect the correct team member to do those things.
Choose a consulting team with exceptional recommendations and proven successes.
On one of my 1099 gigs, I worked with many other consultants from various teams and was dismayed to find how many of them purported expertise in various areas when, in fact, they had none. As an example, one person wanted me to “tell him how to archive” so he could add it to his resume. Say what!? Over and over again I would see three or four consultants working at one desk to solve a problem. That does not sound like they were the experts that the client was paying for. Likewise, you want a team with the resources and ethics to carry the project to completion, and provide support when needed. These qualities should be reflected in the team’s recommendations, so seek them out!
Judge a consulting team by the resources they have to provide holistic solutions, such as a staff of subject-matter experts in a variety of focus areas. Even though an IT project appears to be small and/or simple enough to be handled by one person, it seldom is, and can incur costly repercussions for taking shortcuts. As in almost any scenario, teams of highly skilled professionals that frequently work together provide the best results. Remember, take the time and effort to find the best consulting team for your needs in order to glean the desired results!
For this reason, Auritas offers free comprehensive assessments that outline your organization’s current position, potential options, and implementation time frame estimates based on your technical capabilities and resources.
You may be reading this as you embark on your next ILM, data archiving, SAP HANA, or DaRT project. Or, perhaps your relationship with an independent contractor has left you wanting more, and you’re curious about the title’s claim. Chances are that if you are not currently working with a unified consulting team, you’re missing out on valuable resources that can lead to increased long-term savings and a reduction in stress-inducing complications.