In management , information technology consulting (also called IT consulting, computer consultancy, business and technology services, computing consultancy, technology consulting, and IT advisory) as a field of activity focuses on advising organizations on how best to use information technology (IT) in achieving their business objectives . In addition to providing advice, IT consultancies often estimate, manage, implement, deploy , and administer IT systems on behalf of their client organizations – a practice known as “outsourcing“.
The IT consulting industry can be viewed as a Four-tier system:
- Professional services firms which maintain large professional workforce’s and command high bill rates.
- Staffing firms, which place technologists with businesses on a temporary basis, typically in response to employee absences, temporary skill shortages and technical projects.
- Independent consultants, who are self-employed or who function as employees of staffing firms (for US tax purposes), or as independent contractors in their own right (for US tax purposes, on “1099”).
- Information Technology security consultants
There are different reasons why consultants are called in:
- To gain external, objective advice and recommendations
- To gain access to the consultants’ specialized expertise
- Temporary help during a one-time project where the hiring of a permanent employee(s) is not required or necessary
- To outsource all or part of the IT services from a specific company.
IT consulting skills:
- Advisory skills
- Technical skills
- Business skills
- Communication skills
- Management skills
- Advisory language skills
- Business and management language skills
- Technical language skills
List of IT consulting firms:
- Ntt data