How To Choose A Consulting Firm
5 Tips on How To Choose
The Right Solutions Provider
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3. Question technology.
Unless you're looking to create a new niche in the market or revolutionize
an industry, watching the bottom line means wisely using proven technology.
Looking for the best custom software solution to fit your needs can seem
like a daunting task but with a knowledgeable solutions provider, it can
be less intimidating.
Even if you know what you want, a solutions provider can validate that
its the right choice. Can the proposed solution be accomplished?
Is the proposed technology mature enough for your specific market? Can
integrated components really work together? Is it scaleable? These are
serious questions that need to be answered by knowledgeable people with
your companies best interest in mind.
What to Expect: A good solutions provider will take some time
to understand your overall business strategy, workflow and legacy systems,
as well as confirm software vendor claims before validating or proposing
the best solution for the project. Beware: some solutions providers
have strategic partnerships with technology vendors. This can only be
advantageous to you if you actually want their products. What you can
expect in the proposal is a timeframe for this discovery phase as well
an overview and estimated cost of the production process including production
environment, testing, and integration procedures.
Review the proposal and take some time to get to know the potential solutions
provider. You are hiring them because they are the technology experts.
Ask questions, as it is essential that you feel comfortable with their
methodology and expertise. Although no one will care about your company
more than you will, a good solutions provider should come close. Success
of the project means a referencable client as well as possible repeat
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