Technology changes quickly. When choosing a consultant try the following:
- Look for a recent, relevant work record.
- Contact references who have first-hand experience of the consultant.
- Check with businesses similar to yours, professional organizations, the local Better Business Bureau or chamber of commerce, or even your accountant or attorney.
Some vendors, including Microsoft, IBM and Sun, offer official certification programs that keep consultants current on new technology. You should also ask whether a consultant belongs to a recognized professional organization such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.