4 Ways to Recognize a Good ColdFusion Consultant

  1. Check their testimonials, referrals, and reviews.
  2. Favor companies with teams rather than solo developers.
  3. Make sure they’re responsive to inquiries.
  4. Be sure they pass a personality test.

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How to find the best ColdFusion consultant There are several ways to find out if a consultant’s experience and quality stack up to your company’s needs:

  • Check their website and profiles for testimonials or reviews from past clients. Can’t find any? Be cautious. Do a deeper search on social media to see if they’re actually a great-but-humble consultant that avoids bragging.
  • You’ll want a consultant who can say “Been there, done that.” See if any of the potential consultant’s previous clients had a problem similar to yours. Experience is worth gold in this industry. A consultant well-versed in your company’s issues will be able to understand your company’s goals clearly — they’ve been there before!
  • If they don’t have any venue for reviews or testimonials, ask for referrals. Ask other CIOs in adjacent industries if they have any recommendations. (Don’t ask a competitor — you never know if they’ll use a crappy consultant to sabotage your app.)
  • If you decide to take a risk on a fresh-faced consultant without a strong track record — make sure you pass that risk off in the negotiation over price. Don’t pay top dollar for a noob consultant. Better yet, avoid them altogether!

Favor companies with teams rather than solo developers

  • There are much higher odds that consultant will disappear for other clients, or take on too much work. That means missed deadlines, poor focus, and awful results.
  • They have no one to back them up or help in a pinch. A colleague can, at the very least, offer a bit of calm during frustrating moments.
  • Your company will have no back-up option if the consultant gets sick or is otherwise indisposed.
  • If they’re hard to contact right off the bat, you will only face bigger headaches while they’re hired to do work. Be sure all your cold calls and initial inquiries are answered promptly. If they aren’t responding quickly, be direct and ask if they’re currently swamped with work.
  • Ask a lot of questions, and be sure they’re answered. Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Company size, especially the number of developers available to handle your project.
  2. How long have they been around?
  3. Any specializations — what sort of work do they do most often. (security, database tuning, etc.)
  4. Which software development cycle they deploy — if that’s what you need.
  5. Which CF tools they use, especially third party additions — be sure they match with yours.
  6. How many clients are they actively working with. This will give a sense of where you’ll be in the food chain and how responsive they’ll be to your inquiries.
  7. Have they worked with companies that are a similar size to yours?

Be sure they pass a personality test

  • The “hell yes!” rule: If you’re showing any doubts about a potential collaboration, it’s a no. Your only response should be a “Hell yes!”
  • Make sure you’ve already defined what your ideal consultant will be: the characteristics and skills they’ll need to display in order to do the job right.

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Michaela Light

Michaela Light

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ColdFusion development, security and optimization. CEO at TeraTech. Host of CF Alive podcast.