When outsourcing SharePoint development, or any other service that directly affects your business, one of the most important things you should remember is to find a company/agency that takes time to understand your needs and your problems. Look for a consulting company that makes it a point to listen to you and analyze exactly what your business is all about so they can evaluate exactly what you need at the moment and for the future. Here are some things you should look for in a SharePoint consulting company to maximize the benefits of outsourcing development:
• Look for consultants who ask questions. Consultants go into projects and situations they know nothing about, at least initially. It is their job to know exactly what’s going on and where this particular project is headed. Ultimately, it is their responsibility to understand your company as well as what you want as their client. Good consultants do their research, and great ones are not afraid to ask questions so they can understand your business further.
• A good SharePoint consultant will walk you through the building blocks of SharePoint technology. These include key concepts such as sites, webparts, and lists. This way, you can know exactly what to expect from the development.
• They are concerned about the after-development stages and will ask you about your plans after going live. SharePoint development should not end when the system has been successfully launched. A good project plan takes into consideration what happens after the actual development and launch of the system.
• Reliable SharePoint consultants aren’t afraid of third party tools and have good knowledge of different add-ons and other resources that can help them discover desired solutions for your specific system issues/needs. They will also help you understand unique SharePoint features as much as they can.