The consulting industry is changing radically as its major sectors – Operations, Management, Technology, Strategy, Human Resources, and Financial Advisory – overlap more than ever before. As a result, consulting firms are increasingly going digital and turning to automation tools to stay ahead in the rapidly changing field.
Are you looking to automate your consulting business and lead the industry? Relevant Software can help you build online consulting software by providing the necessary talent and expertise to develop custom world-class software products. Stay tuned to find out how we managed that for TradeSherpa.
But before we get into that, let’s take a look at why consulting is going digital, what to look for in consulting software, how to automate a consulting business, and why it’s a good idea to do so.
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It’s one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing industries in the professional services field. The role of consultants in assisting their clients in comprehending and embracing new digital innovations has been critical to its success.
Some of the reasons why the consulting industry is going digital include:
Many companies are currently focusing on automating different areas of their businesses. As a result, the automation industry is growing rapidly, creating opportunities for consultants to assist businesses with the automation process.
While there’s a need for individuals with the necessary automation skills, there’s also a shortage of tech-skilled people in companies during the present transitional period. Thus, by focusing on automation, consulting companies can deliver the much-needed expertise to other organizations.
As more organizations look to solve their business problems by leveraging automation, they’re spending more money on technology services. Consultancy firms can thus earn additional revenue by providing training, ongoing support, and advisory services.
Working with clients on automation projects allows consultants to build stronger relationships with the staff and management teams. As a result, they can gain greater visibility into their clients’ processes and deliver better value.
By leveraging automation and AI technology, consultants can quickly collect and analyze large amounts of data and gain insights into multiple business areas. They can then use such insights to enhance their services and deliver better ROI to their clients.
Handling admin tasks such as creating invoices and reports or processing payroll is a slow and inefficient process for most consulting companies. Automation streamlines the process by delegating such tasks to computers, which are better at routine tasks than humans.
When consultants no longer have to spend time and energy on routine administration tasks and other mundane processes, they’re better able to focus on more productive tasks.
There are enough reasons to automate your consulting business, but what should this software be like?
For a change, imagine you’re looking for ready-made business consulting software tools. You’ll probably choose something:
Not only that, but this software should also have some useful features. How do you know what those are without trying any consulting software?
In that can, let’s review a few top consulting management software examples.
The following are examples of software commonly used by consulting firms.
What all these tools have in common is a set of features that allows for making consulting services more effective. Let’s see what these features are.
The following features are most useful for automating consultant services.
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Can you think of a few custom features that would suit a consulting software tool even more? Then you should absolutely consider building such software from scratch.
Developing a custom software tool for your consulting business can be a great way to ensure that the software product meets your unique needs. Let’s look at some tips that will help you create a great product with the right software development team.
When building a business consulting app, you’ll have to do some research to find out what features are most important to your users. By interviewing and surveying your consultants and staff, you’ll be able to learn what their pain points are and how to solve them.
You can also examine other products, such as third-party automation software tools, to find features that may be applicable to your company’s workflows. This research will enable you to design and build a product that’ll adequately suit your company’s needs.
Once you understand the software product you need for your business, the next step is to choose a software development team to build it. Here are some factors to look out for when selecting a development team.
If your custom consulting software product offers a poor user experience, the productivity and efficiency of your consultants will suffer. Thus, it’s vital that you provide software that’s not only functional but also easy to work with.
To ensure that your product provides a good user experience, you’ll need to have a good understanding of your employees’ needs and concerns. The software product will need to have the following attributes:
After doing the research and choosing a software development team, you can begin to develop a minimum viable product, or MVP. An MVP is an early version of the product that contains a basic set of required features.
Releasing a minimum viable product enables the development team to receive helpful feedback early and improve the product subsequently. Here are the steps involved in defining your MVP:
When creating an MVP for your product, keep in mind that the product should be viable, i.e., it should contain enough functionality to allow the user to complete tasks with it. It needs to be a working product that the development team can then improve on in subsequent releases.
Let’s now look at a real-world case of building a custom online consulting software tool for a company.
At Relevant Software, we provide both web and mobile app development services to companies. We built an online consulting assistant application for TradeSherpa – a consulting firm that assists companies expanding into the U.S. market.
Our team provided full-cycle product development, from the documentation stage to the final testing stage.
We built the online application using Angular for the front end and Laravel, PHP, and SQL for the back end. In addition, we enlisted Stripe experts for payments and used Amazon Web Services (AWS) for hosting. The previous version of the site was built with WordPress, so we had to connect it to the new web app.
Our team successfully automated TradeSherpa’s workflows and delivered a product that completely matched their requirements.
As a result, TradeSherpa employees can now focus on improving the customer experience instead of handling routine tasks. Customers can now make better decisions with the detailed business expansion plan that the TradeSherpa app provides.
As the role of automation in our modern society continues to increase, companies will need to adapt to stay relevant in their respective industries. Your consulting business can benefit greatly from automating different aspects of the workflow to provide better ROI. More than that, you can profit from building a custom solution for other businesses like yours.
Relevant Software provides full-cycle software development services that can help you achieve your custom business consulting app development goals. Contact us today to begin communication!