5 Characteristics Professional IT Consultants Must Possess

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Have a Point of View

Having a point of view is very different from having technological expertise. It's about applying that expertise to develop an opinion about the best way to implement a particular technology or solution – and it's about being so confident in that opinion that they're willing to share their point of view with you. It does not, however, mean rigidly adhering to a single point of view when another option may work better. The key is to find a partner that has the expertise to advise you about what has worked well for other clients in similar scenarios, yet one who is open to what will work best in yours.

The evolution of cloud, social, mobile and analytic technology has heralded a major change in how IT functions today. Gone are the days of fixed, premise-based CapEx investments. Instead, IT organizations must focus on digital transformation and providing tech-savvy users a state-of-art, seamless experience.

According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, for CIOs to succeed in this new paradigm, they first need to define a strategy centered around the business requirements driving application adoption. They then must determine the best way to put those ideas into practice, taking into account security protocols, industry regulations and budgets.

"We often encounter CIOs struggling to make their organizations more digitally enabled who have jumped straight into the tactics they think will deliver the results they want, completely bypassing the strategy needed to create a performance-oriented digital experience," says Ed Konopasek, vice president, Managed Solutions, Logicalis US. "In this new digitally focused paradigm, it's no longer about building out systems from scratch and supporting everything on-prem with an in-house team; there are many new ways to operationalize the consumption of digital services today that might provide better options. This is where a professional consultant can help."

Choosing the right consultant can make all the difference to whether a project succeeds or fails spectacularly. It is, therefore, essential that organizations take a close look at potential partners. In this slideshow, Logicalis US has identified five criteria CIOs should look for in professional IT consultants.


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