By Myriad Technologies managing director Perry Smith
Back in the day, I was a solution architect at Suncorp Bank's information technology division. It was around that time I went looking for a SharePoint partner that could provide people, skills, and knowledge beyond what a single individual could offer, because – and let's face it – we all have some skill, knowledge, and capability, but when it comes to something as diverse and broad a product and platform as SharePoint, no single person is the fount of all knowledge.
For my purposes, I needed to cover a number of specialist areas, including;
I found a number of partners and went through a long and painful learning journey to deliver Intranet to 20,000 people and a collaboration platform to 8000 information workers across 30 operating companies. When I started looking for a SharePoint partner, I went in blind and it took me years to understand I had not asked the right questions of the prospective partners. Today, I know more. Here are some useful questions to ask a prospective partner (or at least, to research) in order to help you avoid the mistakes I made. I hope they help on your SharePoint journey!