Empresas Melon S.A. (Lafarge Group)
“During my tenure as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Empresas Melon S.A. in Chile, a locally listed subsidiary of the Blue Circle/Lafarge Group, I contracted Raymond O’Hanlon to carry out a review of the Group IT Function which included Head Office, and the five group companies: Cemento Melon, Premix, Hasbun, Megaridos and Presec. Raymond came highly recommended to me following on projects which he had undertaken at our Mine and Cement Plant (Cemento Melon S.A.) and with our Readymix operation(Premix).
The objectives of the assignment were to:
- Analyse the current status of the individual IT Functions & recommend improvements
- Assess the potential benefits of recommended improvements
- Identify short-term cost reduction opportunities
- Provide an estimate of time-frames and costs for the implementation of changes
Raymond undertook a rigorous analysis of each of the constituent components of the IT Function for the group, including Systems, Infrastructure, Hardware and Organisation Structure. I particularly liked the use of questionnaires to solicit and measure User satisfaction.
Through the astute use of such Questionnaires Raymond created as groundswell of support for a suite of radical changes which included the absorption of each of the 6 individual IT Departments into a single Group IT Department with very substantial cost savings in Line Rental, Licences, Hardware, Headcount, IT Contractor Services, among other items.
I was very happy with the process followed and with the results obtained as a result of Raymond’s work. He ticked all ofthe boxes which I feel are important in a Consultant: Professionalism, Out-of-the-Box thinking, technical ability, practical solutions and above all an ability to bring people along with him.
I would have no hesitation in hiring Raymond again in the future should the occasion arise or in recommending him to others.
Shatish Dasani (Group CFO).
Currently Group Finance Director of TT Electronics Plc, Surrey, England