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Tips for choosing a SharePoint consultant

Choosing the right SharePoint consultant is an important process. SharePoint is often a major investment that is core to business success, so it is important that the money is well spent. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a SharePoint consultant:

Microsoft Partnership

Organisations that invest in becoming part of the Microsoft partner network have worked hard to achieve accreditation.

It benefits the customer because partners have to demonstrate competency to a Microsoft certified level in areas of specific focus. Higher level partners need to employ a minimum number of Microsoft Certified Professionals and must provide client references to Microsoft that are checked.

Microsoft Certified Professionals

Microsoft Certified Professionals are specifically trained in Microsoft’s products and so those who have received certification can rightly be regarded as experts within their field.

One thing to bear in mind with both the Microsoft Partner and Certified Professional scheme is that there are qualifications for all Microsoft’s products – an organisation may be a gold partner for Surface, but have no experience in SharePoint – it’s vital that you confirm what qualifications your supplier has, particularly with complex systems like SharePoint and Azure services where expertise is vital in achieving successful outcomes.

Project Management Skills

There are multiple project management frameworks including Prince2 and AGILE.  These are systems that are used to deliver products on time.  Adherence to a particular philosophy is less important than the fact that your supplier has a framework that they use and which can be audited to measure success.

Ask your supplier what project management system they use, and how it is applied.  This will help to ensure that any major work has been clearly mapped out, budgeted and all eventualities accounted for.

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