Network consultants are technological professionals who assist corporations and other organizations with designing, implementing, and maintaining efficient information technology networks. The design of the networks may include a wide range of recommendations regarding computer telephony equipment, service providers, software applications, and other components that make up a total Information Technology or IT infrastructure.
A network consultant may be contracted to create a network from scratch or to take an existing network and enhance or update any or all components associated with the business tool. The consulting may involve nothing more than evaluating the needs of the client and preparing a detailed document of what is needed to create a networking structure that will meet those needs. In other instances, the network consultant may be contracted to actually see to the purchase of needed equipment, securing the right vendors for various communication services used within the network, and providing basic training to employees who will handle day to day troubleshooting and maintenance tasks.
While a network consultant may contract to only evaluate client needs and deliver a list or recommendations, it is more often the case that the consultant makes a commitment of several months or longer to assisting customers in the creation and maintenance of the network. This may involve establishing an ongoing working relationship where the client pays a monthly fee in return for being on call to assist when unanticipated problems arise with the network or to take care of the addition of new components and training in house personnel to manage those new resources. Essentially, the responsibilities of a network consultant can be as broad or as limited in scope, depending on the terms agreed upon by the client and the consultant.
A qualified network consultant can choose to work independently or associate with a company that provides various types of networking support services to clients.