As surely as dandelions grow in the springtime, consultants with gaudy resumes follow the latest trend in the industry. And data warehousing is no exception. In 1990 there was a total population of about five qualified experts on data warehousing. Today there are hundreds of consultants with ten or more years experience. Where did this crop of experts suddenly come from? And more to the point, if you are using consulting help, are you getting your money's worth?

There is a powerful case to be made for consultants in the data warehousing industry. A knowledgeable and experienced consultant can guide you and your company past some nasty potholes simply by having "been there before." In that regard, when you find an experienced and knowledgeable consultant, that person can be worth their weight in gold. But there simply cannot be as many truly qualified consultants as the resumes on the street would have you believe. So in order for you to determine whether you are getting your money's worth from the consultant that you hired last week, why don't you put your consultant to this little test. The score your consultant gets can tell you a lot about what kind of job your consultant is going to do (or perhaps currently is doing) for you.

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