Confessions of a Former Consultant
A new report has it that it consultants are the first things to go during a downturn in the economy.A new report has it that it consultants are the first things to go during a downturn in the economy. No wonder all the great projects throughout time have been created during depressions! Seriously, as much as Id like to joke that companiessans consultantscan finally get something done, dumping consultants is not a strategic move. There is, however, a report by Morgan Stanley showing that consulting indeed is one of the first things summarily cut during overall IT cutbacks, which is what were seeing right now. According to Computergrams Computerwire newsletter, up to 70 percent of the consulting projects in existence right now could be dropped, leaving companies with extra cash but without whatever projects they deemed strategic less than a year ago.
There are several reasons consultants deserve the bad rep theyve been getting. First, now that theres no galvanization over Y2K fixes, consultants are aimless, trying to fix problems that dont exist and positioning themselves as providing a strategic rather than a tactical vision. Thats a bad move because many consultants can offer no proof of concept. They can tell where the industry is heading, but they dont know how to get there.