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Cloud Services Consultants: Friend or Foe?

Unless you are doing all your system configuration and implementation work internally, you'll be depending on consultants to get your cloud projects done. When consultants start doing dumb things, your project will be at risk. Even if they get your project done right, if they can't make a profit they'll eventually have to bail on you. The market for cloud consulting services is not healthy, even though it is growing like mad. This means you must do your homework and take your time.

Here are just some of the things that have made the cloud consulting market treacherous:

Lots of wanna-be vendors from around the world are trying to compete, blowing the bottom out of the market. Unfortunately, with most low-end vendors the client does not get value without an inordinate amount of monitoring and management. But even if you never consider the wanna-be's for your project, they are sucking the margins out of the business for everyone.

In addition, the technology platforms have gotten way more complicated, as cloud vendors innovate like crazy. It is not unusual to have to learn an entirely new toolkit or language every year, which means a lower percentage of the consultants are actually competent with all the latest stuff.

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Here are just some of the things that have made the cloud consulting market treacherous:

Lots of wanna-be vendors from around the world are trying to compete, blowing the bottom out of the market. Unfortunately, with most low-end vendors the client does not get value without an inordinate amount of monitoring and management. But even if you never consider the wanna-be's for your project, they are sucking the margins out of the business for everyone.

In addition, the technology platforms have gotten way more complicated, as cloud vendors innovate like crazy. It is not unusual to have to learn an entirely new toolkit or language every year, which means a lower percentage of the consultants are actually competent with all the latest stuff.

Read Full Article