How to Manage a Remote Consulting Relationship

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • February 1, 2009
Management
As the economy continues to weaken, many companies are searching for ways to cut costs without shedding business-critical functions. One way to accomplish this is to use remote consultants, who typically require little or no travel cost and offer more granular billing policies than on-site consultants.

While remote consulting arrangements can reduce costs, they also require special attention from project managers and team leads. Project managers unused to managing off-site consultants may find it a challenging endeavor fraught with unseen issues. Getting the most out of your remote consultants requires a detailed plan of action.

Adam Marcus, director of business improvement at remote consulting vendor Symmetry Corporation, offers a four-step process for assessing, selecting, launching, and maintaining a remote consulting relationship (Figure 1).

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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