Project / Product Delivery Pains? Have you considered the benefits of a contractor? – by Philip Fanthom

March 8th, 2016

There is little doubt, in the current employment market, that demand is outstripping supply. This is particularly true within the highly technical roles (Architects, Software Engineers, Technical Testers, Cyber Consultants, Mobile Developers….etc)

If you are currently experiencing difficulty on boarding the required technical talent; have you considered a contractor option?

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There is often a misconception around the advantages and disadvantages to engaging shorter term skills for your IT projects. People can view contract resource as an expensive overhead. There is a school of thought that it may be better to consider contract experts as more of direct ROI (return on investment) purchase of services.

If you are mapping out the project costs, particularly if this project involves build/release of a product; perhaps you may wish to consider ‘opportunity cost’ – how much will it cost the business if you do NOT get your project finished and product released? Could it be worth a short term investment in expertise to get the project complete and product released?

Here are some of the advantages to engaging an expert contractor for your business:

1. Affordability

To build your business culture it is always preferable to employ and nurture talent.  But for a lot of projects, it’s far more efficient (and just as effective) to hire contract expert talent.

If you choose a perception of a contract expert as an employee, then it will seem as though the contract option is more expensive. However, if you view the purchase of IT expertise in the same way that you view the purchase of equipment, then this can position contract expertise quite favourably when considering the implication of your IT project (and the build/release of your product) or completion of your business transformation….etc. In addition, if you were to compare the cost of an independent contract expert against a consultancy, then you should note a significant potential for cost saving.

2. Flexibility

The reason businesses across the world choose to utilise contract resource is to avail of a flexible and scalable workforce. Depending on workload and project demands, there is the ability to add extra resource and expertise to ensure delivery. As the work demands ease off, there is the option to reduce the workforce (hassle free).

3. Immediacy

Related to flexibility is immediacy. If you have your onboarding program planned (including interview dates and times) and choose a professional recruitment partner then, from the moment of demand, you can have resource onsite working within 5 working days.

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A must-read for desk dwellers – 5 foods to boost your energy, stabilise your mood and help you to maintain a healthy weight

March 8th, 2016

The following 5 foods will boost your energy, stabilise your mood and help you to maintain a healthy weight – a must have for anyone who spends their day sat behind a desk!

1. Oatcakes

Oatcakes have a low glycemic index, helping to keep blood sugar levels stable. They take a while to digest, meaning you’ll feel fuller for longer. yellow-763833_1280Containing a healthy dose of soluble fibre, oatcakes are also great for lowering cholesterol!

2. Orange

Hesperidin, a specific molecule in oranges helps lower blood pressure. Eating an orange is far more effective than sipping orange juice as there’s no added sugar, but all the fibre.

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Choices, choices!!! The 7 deciding factors for your next job – by Philip Fanthom

February 9th, 2016

It’s a great time to be a candidate in the job market. Employers are crying out for good people, agents are busily fulfilling client requirements and candidates are often facing the daunting prospect of a choice of two or more job offers all at once.

So the BIG question: ‘How do you decide which offer to accept?’

 

When helping to guide people through the potential minefield of career change, we advise that they give consideration to the following 7 factors to help with their decision-making process:

1. Which opportunity provides the best career development?

Long Term. Often, what looks like a great career opportunity is actually leading you down a ‘dead end’ with minimal career and personal development opportunities. It is always best to conduct your research on how other people within the team or organisation have progressed during their tenure at the company.

2. The environment and the people

What is the workspace like? Is there any concerns about your potential reporting line or potential colleagues? Did you get an opportunity to meet some of the team and discuss their career path? Trivial things today can become major issues tomorrow. You need to be honest with yourself and demonstrate a level of self awareness to know what is important to you to be content in your workspace (seat, coffee, food opportunities…..etc)

3. The package (not just the salary)

What are the other elements to the rewards package? Are there share options? Holiday? Health insurance? How does the benefits package compare to your current employer or other opportunities? What benefits have you grown accustomed to, but perhaps take for granted? Is there flexibility in the offer?

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2016 Outlook for the role of CIO

January 11th, 2016

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the role of CIO. According to three recent research papers (Info-tech, Tech Times, Radar), the tenure of the CIO is getting shorter, having reduced from an average of 4 years to just over 2 years.

Over 20% of CxO respondents to a survey, out at the end of December 2015, believed that replacing the IT leadership would lead to better business performance.

In addition, only 53% of stakeholder respondents stated that they believe that IT is delivering value for money.

So, what are the key areas for CIOs to focus on for 2016 in order to be proactive and capitalise on opportunities? We have compiled a list from a series of recent reports to give an overview of where the opportunities lie.

  1. Leading the digital transformation of the business
  2. Be part of the steering group helping to shape the future business strategy
  3. Present value by being a key part of mergers and acquisitions discussions
  4. Build a culture of innovation. Establish a process to adopt disruptive technology
  5. Leverage a ‘connected’ environment
  6. Build a data driven strategy
  7. Secure mobile devices
  8. Harness and secure IOT
  9. Stay in constant communication with your CISO and know your security analytics
  10. Secure and harness the cloud

Finally, 2016 will see the rise of the ‘Human Centric’ CIO. This will mean putting people at the heart of your technology decisions and to develop a better understanding of how to effectively build high performing teams and manage people. You will need to be able to establish social engagement and trust.

FURTHER INFORMATION

We will be running 2 complimentary invite only events for CIOs in 2016 to cover all of the above topics.

If you are interested in attending, please drop me a line philip.fanthom@jenrick.co.uk or contact our events team events@jenrick.co.uk

Here’s the story behind the photo featured for December in the 2015 Jenrick charity photo calendar!

December 1st, 2015

Here’s the incredible photo featured for December in the 2015 Jenrick charity photo calendar called ‘A glistening snowscape’, taken by Darren Pye. Darren chose to donate his prize of £100 to Myeloma UK, a charity that means a lot to him personally. 

Myeloma UK is a charity focussed on accelerating the discovery and development and access to new treatments, while helping patients and their families cope with everything a diagnosis of myeloma brings.

Here is Darren’s story behind the photo…(click on the image for a close-up view!): 

“I took this photo in January 2013 on a family ski holiday in a small French village called ‘Thollon les Memises’ where we have a holiday apartment.

It was a very quiet and tranquil day on the ski slopes – the cloud was covering the valley below and you can normally see quite a distance from that spot but as the clouds were low, only the mountain peaks were showing.

The sun was bright and it was a very crisp, cold day – I got my camera out and needed a very quick shutter speed as it was so bright, making the snow twinkle!!”

Thank you Darren for sharing the story behind your photo!

Want to enter our photo competition next year?

Email us at photo@jenrick.co.uk and we’ll get back to you!

Agile: Myths and Truths by Laurence Nicholson

November 24th, 2015

Today there are conferences, forums, professional coaches, expanded techniques, optimised agility, even specialist ‘Agile’ myths%20vs%20factsrecruiters. So what is all the fuss about?

In this article I will take a look at the history of this type of software development technique, what the current incarnation is promising adopters and what are some of the truths from the front line.

I will also highlight some of the elements ‘Agile’ struggles to deal with from a business perspective.

In my breakfast briefings I expand more on the things you will need to consider as an executive thinking about how ‘Agile’ would benefit your business and if you should adopt it.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE – “AGILE: MYTHS AND TRUTHS BY LAURENCE NICHOLSON”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laurence Nicholson is a certified Agile ScrumMaster and Interim Executive focusing on Operations, Complex Programmes and Transformation Direction with an extremely broad and flexible professional background, extending across finance, procurement, pricing, operations, software development & techniques, consulting and PMO evaluation & governance.

He has operated at CxO level, led consulting teams as department head, provided executive coaching to senior leaders in large global organisations, and contributes to global on-line Project Management resources, published in numerous languages.

Contact Laurence Nicholson:

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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

November 24th, 2015

Analysts Explore Top Industry Trends at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015, October 4-8 in Orlando

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2016. Analysts presented their findings during the sold-out Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with the potential for significant impact on the organization. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

“Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

“The first three trends address merging the physical and virtual worlds and the emergence of the digital mesh. While organizations focus on digital business today, algorithmic business is emerging. Algorithms — relationships and interconnections — define the future of business. In algorithmic business, much happens in the background in which people are not directly involved. This is enabled by smart machines, which our next three trends address. Our final four trends address the new IT reality, the new architecture and platform trends needed to support digital and algorithmic business.”

The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016 are:

The Device Mesh

The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social
communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental devices — such as sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT).

“In the postmobile world the focus shifts to the mobile user who is surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices,” said Mr. Cearley.

While devices are increasingly connected to back-end systems through various networks, they have often operated in isolation from one another. As the device mesh evolves, we expect connection models to expand and greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge.

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Is money the key reason to move jobs? Here’s what our research suggests.

November 4th, 2015

Our role within Jenrick means that every day we are speaking to hundreds of people who are seeking to develop their career.Should-I-Stay-or-Should-I-Go-300x199

This provides us with a unique insight into what drives someone to look for a new role, or as we refer to it as their ‘motivation to move.’

When we are asked about this subject, it is always assumed that money is the key driver for someone changing jobs, however we weren’t so certain and it made us question our own assumptions as to why individuals ask us to help them move to another job.

The more we thought about this topic, we realised how it related to the numerous research papers on subjects such as ‘the War on Talent’ and ‘Employee Engagement’ and by gaining a greater understanding of an individual’s motivation to move, it may also shed further light on these other subjects too.

So we decided to put this assumption to the test by keeping a much more accurate track of what people described as their primary ‘motivation to move.’

The information we discovered was extremely eye-opening and will prove incredibly helpful for companies and individuals alike, as it provides everyone with a more accurate insight into what leads an individual to feel as though they have to leave their current organisation in order to find a more fulfilling career.

We gained so much valuable information that we have chosen to release a series of articles over the coming weeks, with each article focussing on two of the points that were raised with us.

Here are the first two key factors that have prompted people to look for a new role…

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Here’s the story behind the photo featured for November in the 2015 Jenrick charity photo calendar!

November 2nd, 2015

Here’s the photo featured for November in the 2015 Jenrick charity photo calendar called ‘Quiet thoughts for the fallen’.photo 2

This moving photo was taken by Philip Fanthom who has worked at Jenrick for over 16 years.

Here is Philip’s story behind the photo…(click on the image for a close-up view!

“This Picture was taken at the American War Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-mer, near Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. I have been visiting France for over 20 years, but this was the first time that we decided as a family to explore the historical World War 2 places of interest. This was prompted by one of our son’s school assignments.

We had already visited a few of the museums and the landing beaches, which were both educational and amazing. We agreed to visit the American War Cemetery and War memorial as the last stop on one of our days out. When we arrived it was nearly closing time. There is a very well equipped visitor centre and then a few moments walk along the top of Omaha beach directing towards the cemetery.

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Recruitment Consultants – we are hiring!

October 29th, 2015

If you are a successful Recruitment Consultant who has gone as far as you can within your existing company, then we’d like to talk with you!

We have openings now in our divisions, with excellent starting salaries, superb benefits and uncapped commission.

Open up the presentation below to find out more about the role and learn why Jenrick is one of the very best companies to work for in the UK:

If this has made you want to explore us and our roles in more detail, please contact us on 01788 824 555 or take a look through our website to see why we are such a good company to work for: www.jenrickengineering.co.uk/