5 Tips for Working with a Consultancy Firm

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Trust the Team

Trust does take time to build, but make an effort to trust your consultancy firm as early in the project as possible. Consultants typically have a wealth of experience and deep technical knowledge, so are comfortable taking projects and running with them.

While open and frequent communication is great, make sure that it's not turning into micromanaging a project. Trust that the consultants have a firm grasp of their marching orders and that they will get in touch if they have questions on anything. Remember, these people are now an extension of your company, so instill the same trust in them that you have with your internal team.

Both new and established companies face many challenges when it comes to getting their technology right. A company's team is its lifeblood, and selecting the right people to help execute the vision and accomplish business goals is crucial.

Many companies today are hiring outside experts to get a different perspective, extra horsepower, and unbiased specialized expertise across multiple functions. In fact, more than twice as many U.S. tech companies today are turning to outside consultants to help support their tech needs than in 2013, according to BDO's 2015 Technology Outlook Survey.

Consultancy firms can help with everything from one-off projects for companies that don't have enough time to pull together a team, to long-term projects that require a team with deep experience in an emerging or cutting-edge technology. Hiring a consultancy group can benefit early-stage companies by enabling them to focus on their business and products first, instead of on recruiting software developers. Established companies can benefit from a highly skilled and business-oriented external team that is ready for fast-paced product development and able to quickly adopt the company's methodology, infrastructure and process.

Selecting the perfect consultancy firm may seem daunting at first. In this slideshow, Theo Nissim, CEO at Gemini Solutions, has identified five tips to keep in mind when choosing and working with a consultancy company.

 

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