Working with IFS systems is an attractive move for technical experts. There are more businesses using IFS every year, and it often feels like the market for IFS specialists is bigger than the pool of qualified candidates – so a career as an IFS consultant offers job security, interesting challenges, and good money.
What Kind of IFS Consultant Do You Want to Be?
In almost any industry, ‘consultant’ is one of the most wide-open job titles it’s possible to have. IFS consultants, also sometimes given the title IFS ERP consultants, are no exception. To be a consultant, you must have a strong familiarity with an active IFS App, and it’s worth developing that familiarity with multiple active Apps – it will make it much easier to find roles, and it should also help to future-proof your career.
Types of Consultant
Depending on the type of service you provide, you may or may not need much more than a familiarity. Technical consultants work primarily in solving technical challenges – be that setting up the initial implementation, custom writing a script to connect your IFS system to another key piece of software, or handling everyday system maintenance. Often they go on to become developers – or they were developers to begin with.
By contrast, functional consultants often do very little with the actual workings of your system, though they may help design it before it’s implemented. Their expertise is in ‘big picture’ skills, which they use to help shape the use of the system. Functional consultants will work with their client to design a better workflow, incorporating the IFS implementation.
Smaller companies will sometimes use hybrid consultants. Hybrids take something from the technical and something from the functional; they’re particularly successful on single-person projects where that wide range of skills is essential. To reach this level, you would usually have started as a much more focused consultant. Working on medium-scale or larger projects will give you a chance to absorb some of the techniques used at the other end of the spectrum; with enough experience and practice, you may be confident to work as a hybrid consultant.
Wherever you are in your career path, check in with our consultants. We know the market well and we’ll be only too happy to keep an eye out for opportunities that will help you advance your career path.