Personally I don't have huge preference when working with clients to win their business based on my firm EPC Group's past performance and reputation and I am probably speaking for several other SharePoint firms out there but I would also caution clients to truly look into who they are receiving quotes from... When selecting a SharePoint Consulting firm\partner, consider the proposal’s numbers (cost) vs. the quality and experience of the delivery team. With the 20 or so firms that have been founded in the past 24-36 months which I track (along with the other firms in the US), many of them are trying to underbid the project to win it to build a past performance or reference base, but in many cases firms who have been in the SharePoint consulting arena for 10 years end up getting a follow-up call from the client asking for a health check and assessment as well as a quote for a new initiative as they found out they need to throw-out the past few months of work and start over due to the disaster they have just experienced
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Streamline how to get to the best SharePoint talent without the need for subcontractors to then subcontract to 2 other subcontractors… (I digress, but the amount of money I have personally seen on submitting a Statement of Work \ Proposal to a Federal Agency and then the track that has taken for 2 or 3 more firms to get involved to take an initial hourly rate from $140/hour rate to an eventual $240/hour rate blows my mind)
I am not a Band wagoner… My firm and all of my staff at EPC Group, who by the way are much smarter than me, have serious different approaches to implementing SharePoint in a global enterprise than Microsoft Consulting Services and the other 2 or three firms similar to them
I wanted to post a blog that would allow organizations to get a head start on developing a SharePoint 2010 Training Guide. I believe this is something missing from the community and I am hopeful this will help in the development of not only SharePoint end-user training for your organization but...
In order to do these things correctly, and to ensure adoption, an organization has to possess a broad array of skills that fall into the following categories: IT Pro Information Architecture Software Development Evangelist & Trainer The IT Pro’s job is to set up and configure the platform which requires, at a minimum, a firm understanding of hardware, virtualization, Windows Server, IIS, Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint (configuration and administration)
The administrative access of the cloud hosting company (as they still can probably give themselves access, if desired, which can open the firm who is hosting their organization’s SharePoint deployment and content there up to possible litigation)
There are a lot of firms focusing on all three of the big buckets -- Developer, IT Pro and Business. A few examples of well known firms are listed below
I have noticed recruiters at SharePoint Saturday and other events before, but this last weekend at the SharePoint Saturday event in Los Angeles I saw at least three different firms chatting up the attendees
What set of external circumstances did this “governance project” have in terms of political landmines, possibly the business or I.T. having issues with the development department(s) or even the parent company who “owns” the top level SharePoint farm but a division or partner firm wanting to stand-up their own specific SharePoint farm to meet requirements or a timeline that the parent company cannot meet
Some of those vacated booths were filled by providers servicing the value chain du jour -- in this case New York equals financial services with a drill-down to law firms