As an approved consultant for Enterprise Ireland’s Strategic Consultancy Grant, Joe Connaughton works with organisations that need support in adopting and developing their strategy. Procloud engaged joe Connaughton, who has huge experience in this sector, to facilitate a review of their strategic business plan. Here is their story.
Tech Company Destined for Further Success
Procloud provide innovative technology solutions to help organisations digitally transform, through the expertise of their people. The offer digital transformation, cyber security, hyperconverged infrastructure, networking and cloud managed services to key clients throughout Ireland. Because of the very high standards of their service and the excellent technical knowledge of their key staff Procloud are a fast growth, dynamic and well-managed company. They have plans to further grow their market share in Ireland and to expand their services to the UK, all from their base in Boyle, County Roscommon.
While Procloud already had a business plan in place, Joe was tasked with reviewing progress to date. He also would assist in creating new strategic objectives to help bring them to where they want their business to be in the next few years.
Joe remarks ‘We can separate this project into 3 elements as follows:
- Firstly we looked at where Procloud are now, took measurements of performance and critiqued the main challenges
- Secondly we explored where they want to be in the next few years in terms of all the key business functions
- Lastly we mapped out all the key strategic objectives that would be required to get them there
Joe started by interviewing the senior management team individually. He then facilitated a strategy day where key elements of this very successful business were examined. A detailed SWOT analysis and brainstorming session resulted in not only identifying some current risks and challenges, but also uncovering some opportunities for the business.
‘Procloud take excellent customer service as their ultimate core value. Partly because of this some projects were taking longer than originally planned. There can be an issue with getting this mix right and maximising overall business efficiency. Working with the Procloud team to identify the changes required was a powerful exercise’ Joe tells us.
As a result of the consultation process and adoption of an updated strategic plan, Procloud now have a clear vision of where they are going over the next 3 years. Included in the plan are listed key priority objectives that are achievable and sensible and will make a significant impact on the growth of the business.
Niall O’Donohoe, Managing Director of Procloud tells us ‘Having Joe facilitate this project has been a huge benefit to the senior management team at Procloud. Taking the time to discuss what was happening within the business with somebody like Joe allowed us to have an independent perspective. He asked the key questions and got us to think strategically. Even in these early stages we are already seeing positive results’.
Enterprise Ireland Strategic Consultancy Grant
The Strategic Consultancy Grant from Enterprise Ireland is available to organisations that need support for the implementation of a key new strategic initiatives. The grant supports driving increased adoption and diffusion of digital technology. The support covers up to 80% of the costs incurred in hiring a consultant to a maximum grant amount of €35,000.
Growth by Working Smarter Not Harder
“Within 3 months of working with Procloud we had identified growth opportunities, reduced inefficiencies, enabled key strategic decisions and have seen extremely positive results in their revenue. They now have a clear roadmap and are focusing on further success.” Joe Connaughton
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