Microsoft SharePoint is one of the best tools to manage company data. However, finding an expert SharePoint consultant can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Here are a few things to look for when searching for a qualified SharePoint consulting and development partner.
What to Look For in a SharePoint Consultant:
A good SharePoint Consulting Firm is a company that:
- Has both consulting and development experience in your industry.
- Can customize the out-of-the-box capabilities of SharePoint.
- Understands how to organize data.
Let’s look at each of these in detail.
Experience in Consulting & Development in Your Industry
You don’t want a company with little experience in your industry. If the consultant cannot prove their track record of satisfied customers, then you might need to look elsewhere.
Always ask, what brands the SharePoint Consultant has worked with. Depending on what kind of solution you want, you may want to find a SharePoint consultant that has worked with trusted brands. For example, HingePoint has worked with brands like Marriott, Verizon, Presidio, and IHG.
Make sure that they have experience working in your industry (or a similar industry).
Ability to Customize SharePoint’s Built-In Capabilities
To meet your business’ specific needs, SharePoint consultants sometimes only need to use the standard “out-of-the-box” (built-in) capabilities that come with SharePoint.
But sometimes, they need to be able to customize SharePoint so it works the way you want.
If you’re looking for customization and the consultant can only perform basic configuration without any customization, you’re going to be unsatisfied.
The flip side is also true: if a SharePoint consultant only tries to push customization when you just need something basic, they aren’t the right fit.
Always ask, “Do you just configure out-of-the-box or do you customize SharePoint?”
Understands How to Organize Data
Let’s face it, if you’re using SharePoint, you most likely want to manage all the information in your company. SharePoint is a great document management system. Without it, your documents are probably unorganized and difficult to find. If the SharePoint consultant does not know how to make a hierarchy of data, you might not have the right fit.
Always ask,”Are you going to help me organize my data? Manage it on an ongoing basis?”
Hiring a SharePoint consulting firm can be an investment that provides a positive ROI almost immediately.
If you’re in the process of finding the right consultant, we’d love to hear what you’re looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today.
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