Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) is a type of software that more and more businesses now consider a requirement to ensure the efficiency of the business process. The need for SAP business consulting increases as more and more companies begin to adapt SAP into their businesses. This article takes a look at some of the tips that you can follow in choosing a SAP consultant or consulting company.
Conduct an in-person interview.
The best way for you to get an idea whether or not a company provides good services is if you actually interview them in the first place so you can ask them any questions you have about their company. Make sure to inquire about their technical competency.
An impressive resume is all well and good, but this can go directly to the trash bin if the person actually does not have technical knowledge about the topics covered. SAP consultancy is a technical business, so make sure that they will be able to provide you with the information that you need to help you improve your business. The interview will give you an opportunity to glean whether or not the company actually has the technical know-how to back up their CV. Do try to talk with the consultant who you will actually be working with, since someone who shows up on the technical interview may not necessarily be the company representative who will be working with you and who may have a different skill set compared to the person you initially talked with.
Ask for (and call) references.
Ask the business consulting agency for a list of references (at least two or three will do). That way, you will be able to talk with their previous clients so you can get an idea of just how well the business consultants work. The fact that the consultants are willing to give you a list of references is already indicative of just how well the company works, since those who are hesitant in providing you with the list may indicate poor services.
Use unconventional methods to look for the consultant.
If you don't have anyone in your personal network who can recommend a SAP consultant, you can always go online to look for SAP consultants who will be willing to work for you. You can also ask industry experts for referrals.
Don't hire the first consultant that you talk to.
Even if the first consultant that you talked to already sounds knowledgeable in the field, it's still a good idea to talk with a few other people who are applying for the position. Not only will this allow you to get the best possible rates, it will also allow you to pick which among these is the best service provider.
A SAP business consulting agency can boost your business, but only if you choose the right agency. As such, do take the time to look for the right service provider so you will not only get your money's worth, you will also be able to optimize your business for increased efficiency.
About The Author
Daniel Ruyter works for dinaliC - a firm that specializes in business technology services, including specialized SAP consultants.