Most companies have made Data and Business Intelligence (BI) investments or understand their potential and are considering making them. When meandering the paths leading to profitable Data, many companies hire consultants for their analytic expertise. Many of which are contractually linked to technology vendors; they recommend technology decisions based on their own business agenda.
How can a company make sure their consultants make technology decisions based on their business priorities rather than the vendors’? By working with vendor-agnostic consultants.
How do vendor-agnostic consultants differ from vendor-tied ones?
Most BI consultancy firms have signed agreements with vendors binding them to sell one specific technology. These contracts include terms defining the amount of licences to be sold. What’s great about these consultancy firms is their acute knowledge about one specific technology. It can be advantageous if the business problem you are seeking to solve requires this exact product type.
Vendor-tied consultants are usually industry-specific and know their chosen industry inside out, which can be valuable to companies. If your data sources are specific to your industry and you are looking to solve business problems other companies have, they can help you with their in-depth, specialized knowledge. If not, you’ll probably need consultants with a broader view across industries and technologies.
Vendor-agnostic consultants aren’t bound by agreements, making them neutral to vendor collaboration. This allows them to focus on the customer, recommending and embedding solutions that specifically fit their clients’ business priorities. Whether it is speed, size or data mobility, vendor-agnostic consultants come with cross-industry experience. They use it to rank technology solutions based on the client’s business problem.
Vendor-agnostic consultants are more versatile and have experience working with different vendors: it’s easier for them to work with legacy technology or platform. However, they do not maintain relationships with all vendors as they would in a partnership with one vendor.
These consultants benefit from cross-industry-expertise, making their market watch comprehensive while providing a broader view when making technology decisions.
Choosing the right consultant for your analytics roadmap
hat you need to make an investment depends on your team’s Data maturity level.
If they are data-seasoned they probably already know with what technology they want to work. They’ll collaborate with consultants to understand the best way to deploy or implement it within the company.
If your team is unsure how to reach a business objective through a data program, they need consultants capable of navigating through a variety of industries and technologies. That experience gives them the knowledge to recommend the technology stack that will provide the best possible solutions.
If you’d like to know more about our vendor-agnostic approach, feel free to reach out.