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Characteristics of an Excellent SharePoint Consultant
SharePoint developers spend a ton of time working with customers to comprehend
their problems. They sit, they listen, and they analyze. Then they address those
issues with solutions. Lots of their projects utilize SharePoint (SharePoint Online,
2010, 2013, part of Office 365) as the basis of those solutions. Here is a guide to
the 5 traits to look for when you hire SharePoint developer in India.
They’re never afraid to ask questions
Consultants oftentimes go into a situation or company that they, at first, know
nothing about. Their duty includes finding out exactly what’s going on - to
understand what the client wants and understand the company.
They use the three magic SharePoint terms
Many people consultants speak to within workshops do not actually care about
SharePoint. Even the ones who do will not actually understand it. It is a tricky
product to merely "get" without a bit of training. After all, that is why consultants
exist, to discuss SharePoint on behalf of everybody else.
An excellent SharePoint consultant generally will talk in terms of 3 important
concepts –Web parts, Lists, and Sites – the SharePoint "building blocks, “if you
will. By sticking with these three concepts a consultant may describe SharePoint
and how it’ll function, without having to get lost in a web of details, and losing the
audience they’re addressing.
They’ll ask about the plan for after "Go Live"
Most SharePoint projects will end after a system launches. Most of those projects
fail. These two things are associated. An excellent consultant is going to consider
"go live" as just halfway through a project plan.
An excellent consultant ought to be asking a client what happens after launching.
How are the users being trained? How will engagement be encouraged then
measured? Which activities are planned in order to keep a system interesting?
An excellent SharePoint consultant does not stop as a system launches, they’ll see
that as just a beginning.
They’ll have knowledge of third party tools
An excellent consultant always is attempting to resolve issues. As they
comprehend a requirement they’ll be thinking how best to accomplish the desired
Oftentimes a reputable SharePoint consultant is going to work with a SharePoint
architect or developer to arrive at a solution. But a great consultant may move
ahead of the game by having knowledge of 3rd party web tools and parts.
There are add-ons and tools which already have been created by others, to resolve
certain issues. There’s little point in reinventing the wheel, as well as assuming
proper investigation and planning 3rd party tools quickly can assist in getting to the
They’ll demo SharePoint as much as possible
In a requirements session or workshop if a consultant discusses a certain
SharePoint feature, talks about a website template, or talks about a way that
SharePoint works – they ought to demo it live to a customer right then and there.
When you hire SharePoint developer in India, remember, a reputable consultant is
going to take every opportunity to show SharePoint to a client.