Below is a list of what I believe are the top 10 SharePoint consulting companies in the Metro DC area including Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. The ratings are based mostly on industry insider knowledge, including factors such as the satisfaction of known customers, consultant turnover, and knowledge of key 3rd party products. The top SharePoint consulting companies are active speakers in local user groups and organizations such as SharePoint Saturday DC.
I decided to build this list after noticing which companies came up in Google’s search results and which did not. In fact, several of the folks that show up in the search results have less than two dedicated SharePoint consultants in the D.C. area. Others in the search results outsource or offshore most of their work. A few others did not make the list because of low satisfaction of known customers. I hope potential customers call vendor references and ask specific questions about their work. The list below is in no particular order (so don’t email me to complain if your company is #9, we can still be friends).
1. DAn Solutions
This company was founded in 2007 in Northern Virginia by Lawrence (Larry) An and Jay Dinsick. They mostly work in the intelligence community and are great guys. In fact, we have referred people to their company and helped out each other’s customers.
2. Booz Allen Hamilton
These guys have a pretty large Microsoft practice focused primarily in the Federal government. Their customers include the intelligence community and the Internal Revenue Service.
This company was originally created as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. These guys are large, national, and prefer to work on the biggest projects. Known local customers include Washington Gas and Sodexo.
Yes, I am biased, but we made the list. As a SharePoint Consultant, Xgility helps some of the largest Federal Government Agencies, local government, government contractors, and associations achieve transformational results using SharePoint and Office 365. Our great culture is the key reason we attract and retain the best consultants.
5. Bravo Consulting
Bravo Consulting is an 8A company the focuses solely on SharePoint. Their customers include several DoD agencies, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. They are frequent speakers at SharePoint Fest and have spoken on the topics of records management in SharePoint as well as SharePoint branding.
This large company (also associated with the staffing firm, Robert Half) acquired a Winchester, VA company called SusQtech in 2012. Most of their key consultants have left since the acquisition, they still have a large customer base.
AIS, also known as Applied Information Sciences, grew out of small business status by performing mostly on government contracts. While not as active in the SharePoint community, they still have a good (mostly federal) customer base in the metro D.C area.
RePoint is a relatively new firm started by a great developer named Greg Galipeau. I have seen Greg speak at SharePoint Saturday and the Reston user group. His business model is based on providing 100% remote consultants to the federal government.
9. RDA Corp
RDA is headquartered in Baltimore and has an office in Reston. We have heard pretty good feedback on them, including that they have a good program for training recent college graduates.
10. Planet Technologies
Planet Technologies is a Microsoft partner headquartered in Montgomery County, MD. They have a good presence in the state and local government and also do federal work.
Author: Kurt Greening