All you need to know about being an IT Consultant..

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be an IT consultant? Or are you planning to make a career shift to Consultancy Analyst? Do you have doubts of what are the jobs a consultant has to do? Then this blog might just turn out to be your saving grace. This blog provides an insight of a life of a consultant.

Why an

This is the most obvious question that needs to be answered considering today’s scenario in hiring and staffing industry. Nowadays, not just startups but also the humongous IT giants prefer hiring a Consultant over a full-time employee because of various reasons. Consultants are more flexible and a lesser liability to an employer. Also, there are fewer compliances headaches in working with consultants. Not to forget, Consultants are someone who has a unique set of skills and often come pre-loaded that means no hassle of training them.

Nancy, a Senior Business Analyst, and trainer at Consultadd says, The business of consulting is large. Last year, over 200,000 consultants sold over $100 billion of advice. Today, technology planning, strategic services and enterprise consulting represent 35 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent roughly of the worldwide consulting spending.”

What does an IT consultant do?

An IT consultant works with the clients, advising them on how to use the information technology tools in effective ways to meet their business requirements and overcome problems. They are responsible for improving the structure and efficiency of an organization. IT consultants provide strategic guidance and advice based on their vast experience and knowledge of IT to shape new policies that can benefit businesses.

The job of an IT consultant comes under various roles and can be loosely segregated in functional and technical roles. The functional roles include that of a Business Analyst, Project Manager etc.

Here mentioned are some of the functional roles of an IT consultant:

  • Eliciting a client’s system specifications, understanding their work practices and the nature of their business.
  • Accommodating on-shore/offshore as per client requirements.
  • Stakeholder communication.
  • Liaising with staff at all levels of a client organization.
  • Conducting workshops, Stand up meetings & Joint Application Development (JAD) sessions to develop and agree upon a system that focuses on a Business Requirement.
  • Responsible for various documents including the Software Requirement Specifications (SRS), Business requirements document (BRD), Use Case Specifications, Functional Specifications (FSD), Systems Design Specification (SDS), Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM) and testing documents.
  • Responsible for performing testing which includes System, Integration, and End to End Testing, Parallel Acceptance Testing, Access Testing, UAT.
  • Organizing training and support for users and other consultants.

Do you have what it takes to be a Consultant?

The life of a consultant is filled with many highs and lows. There are times when every piece falls at the right place and then there are situations when things go south. Consultants have an in depth exposure, knowledge and experience to a plethora of technologies, albeit it is not as easy as it seems and it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Being in a consultancy business, one needs to be clear that you are never prepared enough to deal with every situation or problem. Every day brings new challenges and sometimes you are at your wits’ end. You need to have a copious amount of patience and alertness to crack a nut. Here are some of the necessary skills you need to possess as a Consultant:

  • Good teamwork and leadership qualities.
  • Adept communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Decision making and presentation skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to new environments.
  • Time Management skills.
  • Ability to break down complex processes in simpler ones.

Consultadd: The haven for consultants

Consultadd is a US based IT Consulting, Staffing, and Training company and has been in IT consultancy services for almost 6 years now. They have been pioneers in providing the smart IT solutions in the almost all the domains. Their strength lies in their large team of Consultants who are expert in their particular domains.In this cutthroat business of consultancy, Consultadd has been a frontrunner in providing solutions in some of the leading technologies like Big DATA, Peoplesoft, Lawson, Kronos etc. on the market right now. Their relations with their ex-clients and the satisfaction of work their consultants provide has made them dominate the niche market.

Navin C, a consultant working as a Business Analyst for a highly regarded healthcare client through Consultadd shares his experience with Consultadd.

I have been working with Consultadd for almost 3 years now. The kind of extensive training they provide and the frequency of getting new projects have made me stay with them. A consultant always needs to stay updated with the changing technology. Also, one needs to be multitasking ready to take up the new tasks and always be alert to what’s happening around. I had these qualities that advocated me to excel in my profession, thanks to the mentorship & guidance provided to me at Consultadd.

Is it tedious? Yes, it is but it is worth it.

Being in a consulting profession is a blessing in a disguise as there is never a dull moment in life. The best part of the job is that you never stop learning. You are always embarking on a new adventure by dealing with new sets of problems and new clients. As the market is volatile and keeps changing every day, the demands and requirements of the client changes. So there is a need of spontaneity and alertness of what’s happening around you and accordingly adapting to the situation. This is the most challenging part of the job. At the end of the day, these hardships and day to day challenges are the things that shape you into a better person.

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