Technology consulting is the process of providing diverse technology-oriented advice and implementation to businesses and organisations. If the expertise required deals with technology in any way, the service probably falls under the umbrella of technology consulting.
The service may be as simple as the suggestion and implementation of software and hardware solutions. The consultant will seamlessly integrate these solutions into the business or organisation’s day-to-day operations in order to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. An example of this type of service is businesses that are still transitioning hard copy databases into electronic solutions. Another example is the business with a small or non-existent IT department transitioning their workstations to the newest edition operating system.
Many businesses and organisations today seek out technology consultation because they require the most current technological acumen available. Many small- to mid-size companies cannot afford the broad IT department necessary to have this capability in-house. A prime example of this is the small firm that hires a technology consultant to coordinate their webmaster, computer programmer, and other tech personnel in developing a secure online shopping solution for their website.
In mid- to large-size consultations, the service will often provide the technology consultation rolled into the broader IT consultation, which is often one in the same with the management consultation. In smaller scenarios, technology consultants are often independent contractors or small firms that focus their technology consulting services toward small- to mid-size businesses and organisations.
Businesses generally contract technology consultation firms, both large and small, on a per project basis. However, some businesses and organisations find that it is cost-effective to contract a technology consultation firm on a fractional or even fulltime basis rather than support their own IT department.
Individual projects will generally be tasks such as the implementation of new data-entry software, the transfer of data to secure, off-site storage, or the extension of a wireless network, to name a few. This type of task will often involve a team of technology consultants working to complete the task within an agreed upon period. This team will often include members of the business who possess specific and necessary information.
In today’s world, businesses and organisations of all kinds are increasingly reliant on leveraging the latest technologies but lack the resources to possess a fulltime solution. This need has made technology consulting a thriving field. In order to meet business needs, technology consultants range from independent contractors catering to small businesses to leading edge experts who are members of high profile consultation teams.