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10 Tips for Hiring a Computer Consultant
Computer Consultants Association (ICCA), a national not-for-profit
organization which promotes ethical professionalism within the
industry, offers these 10 tips for choosing a consultant:
The separation of an intellectual or material whole into its constituent
parts for individual study. The study of such constituent parts and their
interrelationships in making up a whole. In short; unlocking opportunity.
- Hiring an outsider to review the whole process, new questions will be
asked that an insider will never think to ask. Missing the trees from the
view of the forest kind of thing.
- Methodical approach in discovery and documentation of a given analysis.
- Dedicated project time to your analyst needs.
Trained as a Business Systems Analyst, experienced in asking the questions
that disclose the details that can get overlooked. Mapping user needs discovered
in interviews. Flow charting process for new application development.
Translating existing architecture topology into readable representations for
specific audiences. Reverse engineering how something is done to discover the
fully loaded costs of production and facilities. Researching who the competition
is and building a matrix of threats and opportunities. These are all options
- Needs analysis
- Sometimes a programmer is so into developing code and good at it,
they get real uncomfortable interfacing the user. What does the user need?
What works what does not work? What are the skill assets of the user that
can be capitalized? What do the executives need for reporting out of the
system? The financial review board keeps asking for but never getting
numbers? Your need is my opportunity to help, let me see what can be done!
- Process analysis
- Got a real good technician but they just can't tell you what they do?
One shift does the task different then the next shift and you want the high
producing night shift to train the day shift? Do you get bogged down with
specifications of one input and just can not get the whole picture put down
on paper with out the 'then a miracle happens' step in there someplace? A
good start on any new project is to understand what is being done today to
find those efficiencies for tomorrow.
- Topology analysis
- You have a T1 and a fiber backbone and still your doctors can not upload
that cat-scan image? Your remote treatment site constantly complains that
their database runs slower and slower and yet it works fine in building one?
File updates seem to stall out during lunch? Batch updates for credit card
processing fail the same time everyday and you are not sure why? A good
visual map of all network assets and system load charts sure help in solving
- Are you sitting at your desk you are not quite sure how to justify the
new servers other then 'I know I need some.' Did your system crash last week
because there was no longer room for journal files or incremented change
file saves? Do you have a marketing plan that the executives are telling you
will bring 2000 more click through views a day to your network traffic for
February 14th and you are not sure if that will mean you double or triple
your capacity? To understand change you have to know where you are and what
factors will be modified in the future. Important things to know to make
sure your customer is happy.
- Market competitive analysis
- Is a new super store coming to town and you are not sure if you should
do nothing or completely change your focus to maintain and grow your
customer base? Are you sitting at your desk and not sure where to get
numbers to support your venture's projections? Do you have the next big
Christmas gadget and you want to know who else is launching new products
that might compete with your launch? A good competitive analysis is
invaluable for planning and staying on target!
Let us see what we can do for you!
- Pricing analysis
- Are your products not quite moving off the shelves like they used to? Do
you wonder what would happen if you lowered your prices and increased your
distribution channels? Are you adding new packaging and are not sure if you
can increase your price this quarter for these changes? A good matrix of
variables goes a long way in helping in these decisions.
- Break even analysis
- Deciding whether to buy a shrink wrapped software package and change
your processing or to keep your processing and build your own system?
Perhaps the vendor is willing to hand you the code and you need to decide to
hire an internal programmer or use the services of the vendor? Knowing where
you will break even on a project or what will drive your increased return on
investment (ROI) is critical. Miss an important variable and your numbers
can be rather embarrassingly far off. RMMi can help in putting all the cards
on the table with a thorough analysis. Call today to find out more!
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