Looking for a senior IT consulting company in Los Angeles
When shopping around for IT consultants, there is a certain checklist of criteria you’ll want to follow. We’ve provided some of that criteria below, which will help you narrow down your search for a senior IT consulting company in Los Angeles that will best fit your requirements.
6 Tips from IT Pros for Screening an IT Consultant
- Make sure the consultant has experience in your size and type of business. “An IT consultant who typically works with Fortune 500 companies will have a difficult time serving the needs of an SMB — and a consultant who has been in the finance industry his entire career may not have the experience needed for, say, a manufacturing shop,” explains IT consultant Morris Tabush. So, when considering hiring an IT consultant, make sure the consultant has had experience – and success – working with companies not only in your industry but your size, he advises.
- Find out what the consultant’s relationship to relevant vendors is. Are you looking for a consultant who is affiliated with a specific vendor (e.g., a certified partner) or someone who is independent?
There have been situations where clients received advice from an IT consultant, but didn’t realize the consultant had a monetary interest in the outcome. That interest may be a commission, referral fee or the ability to staff additional employees from the consultant’s organization at the client. In other words, the consultant may not have your best interests at heart. A good IT management services and technology optimization company like LA Networks, however, will.
That’s why we recommend that you ask consultants what their relationship is to any vendors before you sign a contract. “Do they resell a vendor’s products but want to provide software selection services? Do they receive commission when a particular vendor is selected? Is the consultant truly unbiased?”
With LA Networks as your leader among consulting companies, you won’t get any double-talk.
- Ask to see samples of their previous work. Before hiring, ask to see candidates’ online portfolio and check them out on community sites like GitHub, Coderbits or CloudSpokes. While references are important, it’s good to see what projects the candidates have completed in previous positions or on the side to really get a sense of the quality of their work.
“Previous work — products [applications] they have built or worked on — is a very good indicator of what you should expect to get,” adds Alex Genadinik, who has hired IT consultants as the founder of Problemio, which develops mobile business planning and marketing apps. Examining a consultant’s previous work will also show you their strengths and weaknesses.
- Check credentials and affiliations. “Experience is a good start, but does the consultant have any industry certifications or accreditations (for example, are they a recognized solutions or consulting partner)?” asks Shell Black, the president of ShellBlack.com, a Salesforce consulting and professional services firm. “Also, don’t be afraid to ask if their certifications are up to date,” he says. “Many software vendors require you to pass ongoing exams on the latest versions to remain certified. If the consultant hasn’t pursued such recognition, how deep can their expertise really be?”
In addition, “check for membership in professional organizations such as the Institute of Management Consultants or the Independent Computer Consultants Association,” advises Nepal Patel, CEO and founding principal at CIOsynergy, which organizes IT leadership events. “Such memberships indicate ongoing professional development and a commitment to their industry.”
- Get and call references. Do this even if the consultant was referred by a colleague. When hiring a consultant, always ask for and check their references. Usually the best consultants can be referred via word of mouth. But even if you plan on hiring someone who has been referred by someone you know, it doesn’t hurt to get a second (or third) reference. “I’ve always been dubious of consultants that are unwilling to share their client list and references with me,” says Puneet Bhasin director of IT at advertise.com, which provides online advertiser and publisher solutions.
Also, when speaking with references, “ask about the last time they had downtime or another emergency, and how the IT consultant handled the situation,” says Eric Schlissel, CEO of an IT Services firm.
Besides asking colleagues, another good place to look for and check references is LinkedIn. “Consultants, especially IT consultants, should have a social media presence,” states Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst & CEO at Greyhound Research, an IT research and advisory firm. “A quality following on Twitter, connections on LinkedIn and a blog all indicate a credible candidate.”
- Conduct a thorough background check. Before allowing a senior IT consultant access to your business-critical systems, conduct a thorough background check, advises Monica Hamilton, director of SMB Product and Solutions Marketing at security solutions provider McAfee. “Mandatory items to keep an eye out for: criminal offenses, including misdemeanors, and suspicious credit scores,” she says. Also, “if you are hiring for government-related jobs, confirm any necessary government clearances. And lastly, always check at least three references.”
With LA Networks, you’ll find we get winning marks on all these criteria and more. And, you can probably skip the background checks, because we’ve already done diligent vetting of our IT professionals.
In short, we’re the real deal as far as LA IT consultants go.
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