Pythagoras Critical Friend

How Pythagoras can support your in-house project as a critical friend

Some organisations are fortunate enough to have the time, resources and skills to carry out digital projects in-house. If you are about to begin a project using Microsoft Dynamics 365, Azure or the wider Microsoft productivity suite, find out how our experts can support your in-house project as an extension of your team by:

  • Reducing overall project cost and risk
  • Building in line with the Microsoft roadmap
  • Enhancing your in-house skills

“Pythagoras worked with us on our implementation of Microsoft Dynamics 365, mainly supporting our in-house team as a ‘critical friend’, and helping with the configuration and development work where needed to ensure we met the tight timescale for the project,” he says.

“We were extremely pleased with how the arrangement worked, our in-house team learnt lots from the Pythagoras consultants/experts, and we actually went live with Dynamics 365 earlier than expected.”

John Platten, Cambridgeshire County Council

How we can support your in-house team

  • Leading detailed workshops and documenting recommendations for your team to use as a guide. Having worked on many similar projects, our team will know how to question and challenge you to make the most out of these sessions and ensure that you are making the best possible start to your project.
  • Advising on quick wins to demonstrate value early on. We can advise on functionality that will provide maximum benefit in a short amount of time, to provide evidence of the benefits of your new system as early as possible.
  • Improving in-house expertise. Our consultants work as an extension to your team to provide a technical gap-fit, while sharing this knowledge with your team and giving them the confidence to own the solution going forward.
  • Advising on the most efficient methods of designing and building. Our consultants live and breathe Microsoft, so they are often able to suggest ways to reduce the time required for your team to complete a task.
  • Giving visibility of the Microsoft roadmap. Our status as a Microsoft Gold Partner gives us enhanced visibility of the Microsoft roadmap, enabling us to advise you about the impact new changes will have on your projects and let you know when new functionality is being developed to save you building from scratch.
  • Providing guidance when your project team hits a hurdle. Rather than taking days to research an issue, your team can speak to their consultant at Pythagoras to provide a solution quickly and minimise any impact to your project timeline.
  • Undertaking more complex development, including integrations to other systems or third party extensions.
  • Recommending the best third party tools for the job. We can provide advice on which tool or partner would best suit what you are looking to achieve. Our close partnerships with many of these organisations mean we can facilitate introductions and often discounted rates for licencing.
  • Supporting your solution long term, via our managed services team. Following your project, we can make sure your solution continues to work as it should by providing proactive solution monitoring and support via our team of Microsoft-accredited managed services consultants.

To find out how your project could benefit from a critical friend partnership with Pythagoras, get in touch with us at