Information technology consulting (also called IT consulting, computer consultancy, business and technology services, computing consultancy, technology consulting, and IT advisory) as a field of activity focuses on advising organizations on how best to use information technology (IT) in achieving their business objectives.
The IT consulting industry can be viewed as a four-tier system:
- Professional services firms which maintain large professional workforces and command high bill rates.
- Staffing firms, which place technologists with businesses on a temporary basis, typically in response to employee absences, temporary skill shortages, and technical projects.
- Independent consultants, who are self-employed or who function as employees of staffing firms (for US tax purposes, employed on Form W-2), or as independent contractors in their own right (for US tax purposes, on "1099").
- Information Technology security consultants
There are different reasons why consultants are called in:
- To gain external, objective advice and recommendations.
- To gain access to the consultants' specialized expertise.
- Temporary help during a one-time project where the hiring of a permanent employee(s) is not required or necessary.
- To outsource all or part of the IT services from a specific company.
Our structured approach to IT consulting includes:
- Defining your vision and strategic imperatives by working with your executive management and functional heads.
- Analyzing the current state of your IT and identifying gaps by conducting workshops with process SMEs.
- Ideating with process SMEs and business function participants to develop your IT strategy.
- Providing business architecture and process design feedback to executive management and functional heads.