Are you ready to grow your business and cut costs through the smarter use of affordable digital technology?
I will quickly analyse your business and help you select and deploy game-changing digital technology.
I will help you to identify business technology opportunities. I will then support you in evaluating, selecting and implementing the right technology. This can transform your business by driving out costs, growing your sales and improving your bottom line.
With 25+ years of experience in ‘hands-on’ business operational roles and Information Technology, I can understand your business’s needs, and I provide the IT knowledge and expertise to make your business a success.
ITdirector.ie’s business, is business improvement.
Explore how I can help you through my various service offerings:
Project Management is a service where businesses hire me to manage a specific project from start to finish. This helps my clients ensure timely completion of projects, control costs, and maintain quality standards by leveraging my expertise. My project management services provide clients with access to expertise, flexibility, cost savings, improved project outcomes, reduced risk, and the ability to focus on their core business activities.More ........
IT strategy service helps my clients to align their IT strategy with their overall business strategy. This involves conducting an assessment of the business's IT capabilities and recommending a roadmap for technology adoption and integration to maximise business value, enhance efficiency, and achieve long-term growth. I can help you align your technology investments with your business goals and achieve greater efficiency, flexibility, and competitiveness.
Clients leverage my Technology Selection service to evaluate and recommend appropriate technology solutions to meet their needs. This helps businesses to identify the most suitable technology products, systems, and platforms to optimise their operations, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. Overall, I can help you make the right decision for your business, saving you time, money, and resources in the long run.More ........
IT Director as a Service
IT-Director-as-a-Service (ITDaaS) is a model where businesses outsource their IT leadership to ITdirector.ie. This provides businesses with access to high-level IT expertise, cost savings, scalability, strategic alignment, risk management, and the ability to focus on core business activities. This model can be especially beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses that need IT leadership but may not have the resources to hire a full-time IT director.
By utilising my Digital Transformation service I can help your business stay relevant and competitive in an increasingly digital world, and to better meet the evolving needs of customers and stakeholders. Digital Transformation refers to the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business or organisation, resulting in fundamental changes to how the business operates and delivers value to customers. It involves leveraging emerging technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data analytics to create new business models, streamline operations, and enhance the customer experience. Digital transformation can enable businesses to become more efficient, responsive, and agile, and to better meet the changing needs of their customers in an increasingly digital world.
Noel is a seasoned business director with senior leadership experience in Information Technology and Operations in FMCG beverage manufacturing (PepsiCo), manufacturing outsourcing (Banta Corp) and QA Management in the automotive electronics sector (Kostal). His early career was spent building hands-on functional skills in the ICT, Quality, Production and Operations Management side of businesses, servicing top-brand customers including Microsoft, Apple, HP and Dell.
Noel’s work included the setup and leadership of manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Japan. Throughout the following 20 years, as Vice-President of Information Services with Fortune 1000, Banta Corporation and Global IT Director with Fortune 100, PepsiCo he worked with business leaders to identify the key technology value-drivers and put in place teams, solutions and programmes that consistently delivered impactful results.
Noel’s current role as an Independent IT Advisor is focused on bringing his extensive experience managing ICT programmes and strategy to clients on an advisory basis. Noel is very experienced working with a wide range of customers and stakeholders and ensuring that business customers receive the value that ICT can offer.
See Professional Experience and Education below
|2018 - Present ITdirector.ie||Managing Director||Independent IT Adviser, driving improvement through targeted technology deployments. |
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|2005 - 2018 PepsiCo||Global Division Plants IT Director|
Co-Lead SAP Program
|Driving business value from technology across PWF Global manufacturing plants in Asia, Ireland and Americia's regions. |
Benefits analysis/ business case for the divisional $60M+ SAP ERP. Lead the project-prep/blueprint phase and co-lead the realisation and final prep stages of SAP. Won a prestigious PepsiCo Board of Director’s award. Led the setup of outsourced SAP Sustain team and helped drive significant costs out of the model. Responsible for partnering with the plant leadership. Plant IT plant strategy, planning & budgeting, portfolio, project and people mgmt.
|1989 - 2005 Banta Corp||Vice-President IS, IT Director|
Ops Plant Mgr (Japan)
|Developed and deployed global Supply Chain divisional IT strategy. Built IT org – capable of delivering world-class IT solutions in a very challenging environment. 70 x IT staff based in Ireland/US, including 4 IT Directors S/w Dev, ERP, IT Ops and IT PMO. 40 x plant-based IT. Managed major enterprise IT projects including ERP, integration, B2B and major infrastructure changes. Member of business strategy steering committee on Boston Consultant Group strategic review. |
Setup and managed Mfg. plant operations in Ireland and Japan for Microsoft, Apple and SUN Micro operations.
Designed/deployed ISO9001 QMS for for 4 European plants. QMS Customer awards (Apple, Microsoft).
|1986 - 1989 Kostal||QA Supervisor||Set-up automotive compliant QMS. Digitalised QMS using computing technology.|
|Years||College||Qualification||Areas of Study|
|2020||UCC||Masters of Business Studies (Digital Transformation)|
(1st Class Hons)
|Encompassing cloud computing, Innovation, digital business (transformation) and digital marketing strategy.|
|2004||TUD||MSc Supply Chain Management |
(1st Class Hons)
|Supply chain management, Mfg/Ops, IT strategy, business strategy.|
What my clients say:
Sector: Health Care
We embarked on a root to branch review of our current IT infrastructure in 2021 and have in the past twelve months worked with ITDiector.ie to drive an implementation plan to ensure we can deliver our services in a secure, efficient and cost effective manner. The project once completed will transform how we deliver our services and allow us to expand at scale. ITDirector has provided a full project consultancy service including delivery plan that allows us to benchmark weekly on timelines and costs. This is crucial for any large scale IT project in an SME as we need to continue to delivery our services in a timely manner to our existing clients while transforming the business. Thanks to IT Director we will be able to deliver on this project. The ability to also communicate with the board, key partners and other suppliers in a coordinated manner has been crucial to the success of the project delivery.
CEO Cognate Health
Sector: Not for profit
Noel’s guidance and support throughout our review process was invaluable. We spent a number of weeks searching for a suitable expert to help us navigate the IT environment and how to get best value out of our IT infrastructure and we couldn’t have found a better person in Noel. He took the time to learn our sector and really helped to simplify and streamline our systems and management approach. He was always accessible, well-informed, and responsive to any queries that we had. We feel we got excellent value from working with Noel and would recommend him to any company.
Sarah Jane Hennelly
AACPI CEO AACPI
Sector: B2B Retail
Noel took a very practical, hands-on and objective approach to helping TPI map a way forward for the business. His broad business experience and innovative methodology ensured we got to the optimal solution quickly and cost-effectively
Managing Director, Top Industrial Ltd
Sector: Business Services
Noel took the time to understand our culture, our clients and the ways that we did things. He worked directly with our support team to create requirements and rapidly moved into delivery. At every stage along the way has been conscious to transfer capability and knowledge while also innovating to meet our sometimes quirky requests. The analysis and diagnosis of our needs, and what was available to meet them, has meant that the build phase has been executed quickly without fuss. Implementation has been characterised by a strong focus on social process ensuring that change management has been attended to. We now have a technology platform that can grow with us, is cost effective and provides all the functions we need. We can see the status of our colleagues, the pipeline, work in progress and have a coherent and secure document platform. As a bonus we have saved on the multiple subscriptions to various other APPs that we used.
Managing Director, Cultivating Leadership
Sector: Government Agency
Noel Dillane of “ ITdirector.ie “ recently completed a report for BIM, SMART NET , which explored the capacity and readiness of the key stakeholders, involved in net management, for the upcoming directives. The topic area is challenging and complex due to a number of overarching new directives and the various and often unconnected stakeholders. Noel’s experience and expertise in critically assessing the barriers and opportunities from the stakeholders perspective and his own capacity to conduct thorough research in this emerging area was a significant asset to BIM in building a comprehensive picture on the challenges facing the sector. Noels piece of work was completed as part of a multi interdisciplinary team with BIM staff, industry practioners and other consultants. Noel was extremely generous with his time, professional knowledge from other sectors and practical application which benefited the other related phases of research and studies.
Officer, Board Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board)
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Digital Transformation Service
Digital Transformation can bring a variety of benefits to businesses and organisations, including:Improved efficiency:
Digital tools and technologies can help automate and streamline business processes, reducing the time and resources required to complete tasks.Enhanced customer experience:
Digital Transformation can enable businesses to provide more personalised and convenient services to their customers, leading to higher satisfaction and loyalty.Increased agility and innovation:
Digital technologies can enable businesses to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and customer needs, and to quickly develop and launch new products and services.Greater data insights:
Digital tools can help businesses gather and analyse large amounts of data, providing valuable insights into customer behaviour, market trends, and business performance.Competitive advantage:
Digital Transformation can help businesses differentiate themselves from competitors by providing unique services or experiences that are difficult to replicate.
Actions & Deliverables at each stage:
Prepare for the Journey
(Setup for Success)
Agree scope, objectives, deliverables & budget.
Identify Steering team (for sign-offs).
Provide prep info (org charts,, business process, strategy, IT org, ICT, budgets & service providers)
Project plan, project team and resource input requirements
Present/align with steering team
Both parties understand the resourcing required and expected deliverables
Project set up for success to “hit the ground running”
Leadership buy-in to support
Where are we today?
(Assess current Capabilities)
Comms to interviewees
IT data gathering and assessment
Survey users . Interview business process owners
Interview key executives (SWOT)
Identify Key Business Objectives
Present/align with steering team
Key employees lined up to support the assessment
Detailed report highlighting key challenges, issues, gaps, opportunities with current ICT
Prioritised plan on ICT challenges and opportunities
Where do we need to be?
(Envision the Future)
Trends (e.g.PESTLE, Market, IT). Value Proposition tech levers
Synthesise Step #2 Inputs Envision future state
Gap analysis (people, process, tech, data, governance)
Scenarios and strategic options (Est. value, Est. cost, complexity),
Roadmap (+ budgets & resources)
An articulated strategy for your business which leverages tech to improve internal ops & support growth
A practical 3~5 year IT roadmap to deliver business benefits
Leadership support for resourcing & budget
How do we get there?
(Plan benefits & delivery)
Develop program plans ( & POC/MVP)
Develop individual project plans
Prioritise solution requirements ( step #3+)
Signoff from steering team
Program Project Plan
Solution selection/ confirmation
Budget/resourcing sign off
Navigate the Route
(Deliver the benefits)
Integrated Program/project management
Secure ext/Internal resources
Stakeholder engagement Plans
Risks and Issues Tracking
Scheduling and task mgmt.
Budget and benefits tracking.
Program and Project Mgmt.
Stakeholder Mgmt. Plans
Risks and Issues Tracker
Budget /benefits tracker
Project Management Service
My project management services provide clients with access to expertise, flexibility, cost savings, improved project outcomes, reduced risk, and the ability to focus on their core business activities.There are several benefits to my project management services, including:
Access to Expertise:
I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table. I have experience in managing projects across various industries and can bring new ideas and approaches to project management.Flexibility:
My PM services are flexible, allow clients to engage on an as-needed basis. Clients can engage me for a specific project or for a longer-term arrangement, depending on their needs.Cost-Effective:
My PM services are often more cost-effective than hiring a full-time project manager. Clients only pay for the services they need, and they don't have to provide benefits or other employment-related costs.Improved Project Outcomes:
I bring a structured and disciplined approach to project management. I can help to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards.Reduced Risk:
I can help to mitigate project risks by identifying potential issues early and implementing appropriate risk management strategies.Focus on Core Business:
Clients can focus on their core business activities and leave project management to the experts.
Technology Selection Service
I can help you make the right technology decisions for your business, saving you time, money, and resources in the long run.This will provide a number of benefits, including:Expertise and Experience:
I have the expertise and experience needed to evaluate different software solutions and make recommendations based on your specific needs. I can provide insights and recommendations that you may not have considered on your own.Time Savings:
Selecting the right software for your business can be a time-consuming process. I can help streamline the process by doing the research, evaluating the options, and providing recommendations. This can save your team time and resources, allowing them to focus on other priorities.Cost Savings:
Making the wrong software choice can be expensive. I can help you avoid costly mistakes by ensuring that you choose software that is the best fit for your business needs. This can help you save money in the long run by avoiding the need to switch to a new system or invest in additional software to fill gaps.Increased Efficiency:
The right software can streamline your business processes and increase efficiency. I can help you identify the software that will have the greatest impact on your business, and help you implement it in a way that maximises the benefits.Objective Perspective:
I can provide an objective perspective on your business software needs. I am not biased towards any particular software solution and can help you evaluate the pros and cons of different options without being swayed by marketing hype or vendor bias.
Technology Strategy Service
I can help you align your technology investments with your business goals and achieve greater efficiency, flexibility, and competitiveness.Benefits of my Technology Selection Service include:Expertise and Experience:
I have the expertise and experience to help you develop a comprehensive IT strategy that aligns with your business objectives. I can provide insights on the latest technologies and best practices, and help you identify the most effective ways to leverage technology to support your business goals.Objective Perspective:
I can provide an objective perspective on your IT needs, helping you identify opportunities for improvement and areas where you may be overspending or underinvesting. I can also help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your current IT systems and provide recommendations for improvement.Cost Savings:
An IT strategy developed with me can help you optimise your IT investments and reduce unnecessary spending. I can help you identify cost-effective solutions that meet your business needs and reduce waste.Increased Efficiency:
A well-designed IT strategy can help you streamline your business processes and increase efficiency. I can help you identify the most effective IT solutions for your business and help you implement them in a way that maximises their benefits.Scalability:
I can help you develop an IT strategy that is flexible and scalable, allowing you to adapt to changing business needs and technology trends. This can help you stay competitive and ensure that your IT investments continue to provide value over time.Focus on Core Business:
By partnering with me to develop your IT strategy, you can free up internal resources to focus on core business activities. This can help you avoid the distractions and complexities of IT management and ensure that your business is operating at peak efficiency.Please see here for further details on:
My Digital Transformation Process
IT Director Service
IT Director as a Service (ITDaaS) is a model where businesses outsource their IT leadership to ITdirector.ie.IT Director as a Service can provide businesses with access to high-level IT expertise, cost savings, scalability, strategic alignment, risk management, and the ability to focus on core business activities.This model can provide a number of benefits, including:Access to Expertise:
Businesses get access to an experienced IT leader who can provide guidance and direction on a range of IT issues. This can be especially beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources to hire a full-time IT director.Cost Savings:
Outsourcing IT leadership can be a cost-effective way to access high-level IT expertise without the cost of hiring a full-time IT director. It also provides businesses with flexibility, as they can adjust their level of service as their needs change.Scalability:
I offer scalability, allowing businesses to ramp up or down IT leadership as needed. This is especially important for growing businesses that may not know what their future IT needs will be.Strategic Alignment:
I help ensure that a business's IT strategy aligns with their overall business strategy. This will help to maximise the value of IT investments and improve the overall performance of the business.Risk Management:
I help businesses manage IT risks, including security, compliance, and data protection. This will help to protect the business and its customers from the negative impacts of a cyber attack or data breach.Focus on Core Business:
By outsourcing IT leadership businesses can free up internal resources to focus on core business activities. This can help to improve productivity and profitability, as well as enhance the customer experience.