4 signs you need an IT consultant
You periodically need to scale up resources
Is your organization extra busy during certain periods, and/or are there vital projects in the pipeline waiting? This could indicate that there is a periodical need for having additional IT resources added in a flexible way, with the added benefit of being able to scale back again, once the busy period or the vital business project is completed. In this scenario one or more IT consultants could be the optimal solution.
You need specialist competences
It can be difficult to cover all necessary IT competences internally within an organization and rely solely on permanent employees year-round. This is especially true when an urgent need for specialist skills within a particular technology, platform, development language or method, and against the backdrop of increased digitization and new emerging technologies, this is happening more often.
The main purpose of IT consultants is to provide specialist expertise when the company/client needs it – and it can be both short-term or long-term. The competence profiles of many IT consultants are so specific and specialized that no matter which competences are required, there is a consultant with the proper toolkit out there for it.
You have a fire that needs to be put out
Your server is down, you are behind according to the scheduled project plan. The Scrum team is without a Scrum Master, or maybe you have found a gap in your IT security. Yes, many situations can potentially occur that require immediate attention and an experienced specialist to deal with the problem. And with an already busy schedule, it can be difficult to allocate the necessary resources or to find the skills internally within the organization. In these situations, it is therefore a good idea to bring an IT consultant on board. Experienced IT consultants are used to coming on board, addressing the core of the problem, and delivering noticeable value from day one, thus making them able to quickly put out any fires or at least mitigate the potential damage.
You need sparring and new perspective
You may be in a situation where you have difficulty tackling a specific problem, or you may already have identified the cause of the problem but have doubts about how best to solve it. In this case it may be nice to get another perspective from an “outsider” who can give his objective opinion, bring experience from similar cases into play, and without any agenda - other than to deliver value and quality to you as a client. External IT consultants bring a heavy backpack full of tools and experiences, and there is always a consultant with the right profile that can help with the problems you are facing.