I’ve experienced working with an outside consultant. I found them to be very helpful. In addition to getting assistance on the integration, I typically learn best practices from them. I see hiring consultants during an integration as a path to elevate the IMO’s collective knowledge in the process. To get the most from the experience of working with a consultant, it may be a good idea to get their thoughts on your integration methodology and inquire how they may do things differently. If you do uncover helpful nuggets of information during the process, be sure to document them in the integration playbook and share them with the broader IMO team.