You've got a project. You've determined that you need the help of an outside consultant. Now who do you hire to get the job done: a vendor service or an independent consultant?
Many analysis software companies have their own consulting services, but plenty of independent consulting firms offer expert services as well. How do you choose?
There are several factors to consider when making your choice.
Small consulting companies usually offer better flexibility.
Smaller consulting companies often have the flexibility for negotiating pricing and turnaround times. Often these companies have experience with several vendors’ tools and are thus able to help you make the best choice for an analysis solution.
Some vendors certify independent consultants.
Vendors like COMSOL certify independent consultants to use their software. Check with your chosen analysis software vendor to see if they do something similar. It’ll give you piece of mind to know your new consultant has been certified.
Working directly with the vendor can mean better customization and capabilities.
When you work directly with the software developer, their company engineers can often create customized software for your needs, adding specific capabilities that serve your project. However, this can be costly and if you’re not familiar with analysis to begin with, you might end up with more than you need.
There are many factors that go into choosing a consulting firm, whether vendor managed or an independent. Stay tuned for more tips on how to choose an analysis partner that will best serve your project and needs.
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