Clarion Consulting Appoints Turlach McAlister to Lead Recruitment Service Spinout

~ McAlister appointed as recruitment services manager with Clarion Resourcing~
Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, 7th December 2010:  Leading project management and IT consulting specialist, Clarion Consulting today announced the appointment of Turlach McAlister as resourcing services manager with company spinout, Clarion Resourcing.  McAlister will manage all facets of the company’s resourcing business, which helps organisations to improve competitive agility by delivering flexible resourcing models.  McAlister  will be responsible for delivering a high-quality, specialist resourcing service, geared towards the placement of IT professionals on both a contract and permanent basis, supported by the knowledge base within Clarion’s consulting organisation.

Commenting on the appointment, Pat Millar, managing director of Clarion Consulting said:  “We are very pleased to have someone of Turlach’s calibre join our team.  His extensive recruitment experience and involvement in start-up businesses, both at home and abroad is an excellent fit for us.  We are confident that his knowledge and expertise will help us to successfully leverage the strength of the Clarion brand into the resourcing arena.”

McAlister joins from the I.T. Alliance group.  He was head of resource management with the group for a period of a year where his responsibilities ranged from managing large recruitment drives to specialist resourcing of niche skill sets.   McAlister was then promoted to HP Contracting Services Manager, a contract resourcing franchise operated by the I.T. Alliance group.  During this four year period, McAlister successfully developed public and private sector clients and achieved preferred supplier status with a number of blue chip accounts and government departments.

Prior to this, McAlister spent four years as contract sales executive with Computer People Ireland.  He successfully engaged in new business development and account managed existing clients to maximise potential opportunities. 

McAlister also spent six years with IT recruitment consultancy, DPP International.  He spent three years working in Brussels as a Contract Sales executive placing IT consultants on a pan-European basis.  He was then promoted to country manager for Ireland where he established the Dublin office from the preparation and delivery of the initial business plan through to day-to-day management of the Irish operation.

McAlister is a native of Dublin and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and UCL Louvain, La Neuve in Belgium.

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OnDecember 7, 2010, posted in: News by

Increased Demand for Contract IT Professionals Fuels Business Startup

~ Clarion Consulting launches specialist recruitment service supported by knowledge-base of consulting organisation~

Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday, 17th November 2010 : Leading project management and IT consulting specialist, Clarion Consulting today announced the launch of Clarion Resourcing, a high-quality, specialist recruitment service supported by the knowledge base of the consulting organisation. Established to meet what it sees as an increase in demand for contract business and IT professionals, Clarion Resourcing helps organisations to improve competitive agility by delivering flexible resourcing models, attractive for employers and potential job seekers alike. The organisation is led by Turlach McAlister, with over 15 years industry experience in Europe and Ireland.

Clarion Resourcing will meet market demand for a range of contract or permanent skills such as Project Management, Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, ERP and Software Development. The business will also include a formal Executive Search function.

“Many organisations have consolidated operations over the last 18 months or so, which has directly impacted headcount,” explains Pat Millar, managing director with the Clarion Group. “However, companies still need to resource for critical business or IT projects and are looking for partners who understand their greater need for flexibility in the current market. Although Clarion Consulting has operated a successful resourcing business division for more than a decade, the decision was taken to establish a distinct service line to leverage the strength of the Clarion brand,” he adds,

Clarion Resourcing differentiates itself from other market operators in that it offers employers a high-quality, focused recruitment service, directly supported by a market-leading consulting organisation. All resources are carefully vetted and screened by practitioners within the subject space, with a view to assessing real world experience and a deep understanding of the “hard” and “soft” requirements of the role. “Our approach is to listen and learn,” explains Turlach McAlister, resourcing services manager with Clarion Resourcing. “We will spend time with the employer, to really understand their business environment and the roles for which they are recruiting. The competency of the consulting organisation adds huge value to the process and ensures that the right candidate is identified, first time, every time.”

Through Clarion Resourcing, candidates have access to a wide variety of roles with leading blue-chip organisations. “Assignments with these organisations are typically longer and more career-defining,” comments McAlister. “They can offer the candidate greater scope to develop their career path as well as adding instantly recognisable organisations to their resume. Another key value add for candidates is the ability to tap into the wider Clarion Consulting knowledge-base, if required, to assist and guide them in bringing their assignments to a successful conclusion.”

Clarion Resourcing has a number of roles currently available in the Project Management, Business Analysis and Business Intelligence space. Potential candidates are invited to log on to www.clarionresourcing.ie and to upload their resume. Under Clarion Resourcing’s quality charter, all potential candidates will be responded to within one working day.

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OnNovember 17, 2010, posted in: News by

Growing Interest in Process Excellence

There has been a surge of interest in process excellence by large organisations over the past six months or so. And this growth has been most evident in organisations that have already made an investment in project offices. That’s according to Ronan Foley, Director with Clarion Consulting.

“We are seeing a trend where organisations with established project offices are looking to complement their project management excellence with process excellence,” explains Ronan Foley, Director, Clarion Consulting. “Oftentimes the project and process offices are set up under the same management structures. The concept of process excellence is evolving therefore from the structures of the project office and this is driving greater integration between project and process skill sets.“

Process excellence refers to a set of activities which seek to establish a controlled methodology of continually improving business processes, or to quote the late management guru Peter F. Drucker, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” From purchasing to sales, customer service to marketing, process excellence can represent a huge source of competitive advantage and can help to build solid customer relationships where nothing is left to chance.

While it is widely acknowledged that Six Sigma and Lean Practitioners are both expensive and in short supply, many organisations have not yet reached a level of business maturity to facilitate the move towards process excellence. The focus in recent years has been on building project management capability and maturity and few have made the investment or realise the business value of investing in process.

Foley urges organisations to look at process excellence and use existing management structures to address challenges identified in this area. “We see huge value in adopting what we call the virtual process office approach,” continues Foley. “This can be achieved by utilising the expertise available, complementing it with external consulting organisations and creating a virtual process office. Organisations can then call on the virtual process office to conduct an assessment and design a solution roadmap consisting of a series of improvement projects. They can then utilise their own project resources to deliver those projects. The sharing of resources between both offices can deliver one seamless process to address business process challenges, delivering better business performance and creating real business value.”

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OnJuly 12, 2010, posted in: blog, Change, Innovation by

Clarion Consulting hosts Peter de Jager on Business Change

Peter de JagerIf We Want Things to Remain the Same,
Things Will Have to Change
A Senior Executive Breakfast Briefing
Friday, 5th March 2010
7.45 am – 9.00 am
Hilton Hotel
Charlemont Place
Dublin 2
Click here to register.

A tree that doesn’t bend in the wind isn’t going to last long.  Especially, when there is a storm on the land.  Organisations aren’t much different.  In tough times, there is a need to shift according to external forces.  It is becoming readily apparent that what worked in the past won’t work today – never mind tomorrow.

Change is difficult.  Even simple Change is problematic and large, complicated, transformative Change is almost impossible. Putting aside that Change in and of itself is difficult, the truth is that deciding WHAT to Change is totally different and equally challenging.  This short presentation will offer some insights into these challenges and more importantly provides some suggestions for cutting through the fog of Change.
The Session is aimed at:

  • CEOs
  • CIOs and IT Directors
  • CFOs
  • Anybody involved in Business Transformation or Organisational Change

About Peter de Jager
Peter de Jager is a speaker/writer/consultant on the issue of how individuals and organisations assimilate Change.  His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.  Having spoken in more than 34 countries he is recognised worldwide as an exciting and engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum and The World Bank.

His presentations use humour and provocation to challenge the myths surrounding our understanding of the Change process and the benefits of technology. His single-minded objective, despite the global nature of some of the issues, is always to provide actionable solutions and new avenues of approach to seemingly intractable problems.

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OnMarch 5, 2010, posted in: News by

Clarion Hosts Peter de Jager on Business Change

A tree that doesn’t bend in the wind isn’t going to last long. Especially, when there is a storm on the land.

Change is difficult. Even simple change is problematic and large, complicated, transformative change is almost impossible. Putting aside that Change in and of itself is difficult, the truth is that deciding WHAT to Change is totally different and equally challenging.

Renowned international speaker, Peter de Jager will offer some insights into these challenges and more importantly provide some suggestions for cutting through the fog of Change.

Click here to express an interest in attending.

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OnFebruary 15, 2010, posted in: blog by

Clarion Consulting Sponsors PMI Annual Conference

PMI LogoClarion Consulting is proud to sponsor the 2010 PMI Annual conference.  Hosted by the PMI’s Ireland Chapter, this is Clarion’s third year as a conference sponsor and recognises the company’s continuing commitment to the development and promotion of project management practices in Ireland. 

This year’s conference has the theme “Creative Approaches in Challenging Times” and  focuses on the skills and leadership values organisations should be looking to adopt for survival in the current business environment.  The conference will show how project and programme management can provide the way forward through value-added approaches in the way initiatives are managed. 

Clarion will sponsor a special break-out session with renowned speaker/writer/consultant Peter De Jager.  Having spoken in more than 34 countries, Peter is recognised worldwide as an exciting and engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum, The World Bank and The Bank for International Settlements.  Peter covers a diverse range of topics on issues relating to the Rational Assimilation of the Future. He has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of technology on areas such as privacy, security and business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.

More details on the conference can be found at the Ireland Chapter of the PMI web site – www.pmi-ireland.org.

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OnFebruary 8, 2010, posted in: News by

Clarion and PMI UK (Scotland) Embarks on Major Research Project

j0437817The PMI UK Regional Committee in Scotland is teaming up with project management specialists, Clarion Consulting to embark on a research exercise into project management practices in Scottish organisations.  With one one-fifth of the world’s GDP being spent on projects this year, our survey aims to uncover the trends and developments in this important discipline.  All participants will be given a copy of the detailed report which should serve as a valuable reference point for companies wishing to improve their project management capabilities.  If you are based in Scotland, watch out for the survey which will be emailed to you in the coming weeks.

Link to PMI Chapter News

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OnJanuary 18, 2010, posted in: blog, Project, Strategy, Value Management by

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On Time Delivery in Financial Services Sector

Research conducted by Clarion Consulting shows that ‘On Time Delivery’ of projects in the financial  services sector (RED in chart below) is reported at nearly 10% below the standard (14% vs. 23%) when it comes to the upper quadrant of the metric i.e. 76%+ projects completed On Time).

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This metric taken with an analysis on project failure reasons, in the sector, shows that compared with the overall responses the sector has challenges with ‘Scope Creep’ and the related issue of ‘Unclear Objectives’ – both issue typically associated with project delays and slippages!

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Further analysis of the sector reveals that less than 50% of respondents USUALLY have a ‘Documented Business Case’ in place when starting a project.  There is an obvious opportunity here for the sector to increase capability in relation to project on time delivery by aadopting a more consistent and rigorous governance and control process which insures that a complete business case (with defined project objectives and metrics) is in place and agreed before starting projects. 

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OnDecember 15, 2009, posted in: blog, Project, Value Management by

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Improving/extending project management capability was ranked last out of 10 priorities in Clarion’s 2009 research into project management practices in Irish Organisations.

Improving project management capability was listed behind ‘Reducing IT/Enterprise costs’, ‘Managing Change Initiatives’ and ‘Launching new products or services’ – despite the fact that all of these initiatives require a mature project management capability in order to be delivered successfully and to return value to the business. How is project management perceived in your organisation? It is seen as a ‘Strategy Enabler’ or ‘A Tool used by IT’?

 

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Additional information on the research and findings available here http://tinyurl.com/2009Research

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OnDecember 8, 2009, posted in: blog, Project, Strategy by

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37% of Irish organisations rate their project management capability as Very Good or Excellent – do you agree?

Results from Clarion’s 2009 research into project management practices in Irish Organisations shows that 37% of organisations rate their own project management capability as Very Good or Excellent. This is down from 44% in 2008!

Do you feel this is a correct representation of project management capability in Ireland and/or in your organisation?

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Additional information on the research and findings available here http://tinyurl.com/2009Research

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OnDecember 1, 2009, posted in: Strategy by

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