Irish Enterprise IT Company announces 50 new jobs

Aspira, the wholly Irish-owned enterprise IT project specialists, today announced the creation of 50 new high-level jobs. The award-winning company experienced accelerated growth of 65% in 2015, due to a number of new project wins. In addition, Aspira announced the acquisition of an IT services and support firm, B-TEC Solutions, which will expand the company’s range of offerings and provide a complete, end-to-end enterprise IT solutions service.

The 50 new jobs, which will be based primarily at the Cork headquarters with some in Aspira’s Dublin office, will be rolled out over 18 months and will include project management, business analysis and software development roles. The Dublin office was opened in 2015 in response to the rapidly expanding client base in the region.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has officially opened Aspira’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in Little Island, Cork today.

Speaking about the job announcement, An Taoiseach said “This announcement of 50 new jobs is very welcome news for Cork. The Government wants to keep the recovery going by ensuring strong job creation in every region of the country. These pro-business policies need to be maintained in order to continue to allow companies like Aspira to grow and create jobs.”

“These pro-business policies need to be maintained in order to continue to allow companies like Aspira to grow” An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny

Aspira CEO, Pat Lucey said: “The new roles we are announced today will strengthen our delivery capability and our management team at a time when we are bolstering our service offerings, and preparing for expansion to international markets. We forecast overall sales to more than double over the next three years, with international sales growing faster again.”

Aspira, which has refreshed its brand from AspiraCon, was established in 2007 and currently employs 28 people. Prior to its accelerated growth in 2015, Aspira was averaging consistent annual growth of 50% – earning it a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award for the past two consecutive years.

Mr Lucey continued “For nine years we have consistently provided best-in-class enterprise IT solutions for our clients, designing and building several highly innovative database applications. We will continue to offer a world-class service that will address our clients’ growing needs for deep database knowledge, data analytics and a mix of Hybrid and Cloud based systems.”

Aspira has also committed over €1.5 million to acquire the IT services and support firm, B-TEC Solutions, and invest in Enterprise IT Services over the next two years. The new IT service will include supply and installation of IT hardware and software licensing and support, in addition to Aspira’s current package of expert consultancy, design and implementation of bespoke IT solutions, project management and enterprise IT services support.

“We will continue to offer a world-class service that will address our clients’ growing needs ” Pat Lucey, Aspira CEO

Aspira caters for a diverse, international client base, including leading players in the IT, financial services, pharma/med devices, healthcare and energy sectors.

Aspira is supported by Enterprise Ireland, the state agency for developing Irish business globally, which has provided the company with export and international market entry assistance and will work closely with the company to accelerate its position in global markets over the next phase of its growth.

Aspira is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and the only company in Ireland whose training services have been endorsed by both the PMI® (Project Management Institute) and IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis). Employees are multiple-certified, with each member of the tech team having on average over 16 years’ industry experience.

Avoid Project Pot-Holes

Have you ever wondered why so many new roads get dug up within a few months for new pipes or cables to be laid? Then the nice new road becomes a patchwork quilt, covered with a lump of tarmac punctuated by pot-holes. Why can’t they just get their planning right and do all that work at the same time – surely it would save them money?

Of course you are right – and you are describing one of the biggest challenges for Project Managers worldwide – how can we get a full set of requirements and then build a coordinated plan to deliver those requirements in an efficient manner. In the real world we find that people “forget” requirements or discover requirements later on, so we have to do the equivalent of digging up the road and re-doing some of the work that has already been done.

At Aspira, we have developed an approach called Project Kick-Start, where in two weeks we complete a detailed initial analysis of a project, identifying all the assumptions, dependencies, risks and constraints that apply to the project. It’s our way of avoiding project pit-falls and pot-holes.

Aspira wins again at Deloitte Fast 50

It’s a welcome double for the Aspira Consulting and IT Services team, featuring in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for the second year in a row and achieving accelerated growth in 2015. AspiraCon was established in Cork in 2007 and opened its new Dublin office in the past 12 months to cater for the rapidly expanding client base in the region. The company is now rebranding its range of services as Aspira and will be moving to a new state-of-the-art Headquarters in Cork before the end of 2015.

Announcing the winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, Joan O’Connor, Partner, Deloitte said: “The awards showcase the agility, innovation and strength of the industry. The winners epitomise these characteristics.”

“It is an exciting time for the Aspira team and we are delighted to be recognised again by the Deloitte award for our sustained growth in a competitive environment”, says Pat Lucey, co-founder and CEO, “As an Irish company that delivers Project Management Consultancy, Software Solution Development, Project Resourcing and IT Services to enterprise clients, we are competing with major international organisations and we need our team to continue to out-perform those competitors and form strong partnerships with our clients.”

The company is regarded as an industry leader in provision of these services, being the only company in Ireland certified by both the PMI®and the IIBA® International Professional Bodies. Emma Daly, Director of Project Services, emphasises “Aspira Consulting provide the IT solutions and People that businesses need to deliver their projects. As our clients have enjoyed their own success and growth, they’ve required us to expand and scale up our range of services on offer. This has created its own momentum, bringing a lot more clients on board and driving our strategy to invest in future growth.”

“It is an exciting time for the Aspira team and we are delighted to be recognised again by the Deloitte award for our sustained growth in a competitive environment” Pat Lucey, CEO Aspira

One noteworthy aspect of Aspira’s growth is their impressive list of clients across different industry sectors, Pat Lucey explains, “A huge advantage of Project Management expertise is that it allows us to deliver value to different sectors that face similar project challenges Whether it is IT, Utilities, Financial Services, Medical Devices or Pharma, the challenges of managing resources and risk and being efficient and organized are all Project management challenges. We use those skills to manage our deliveries to clients – we have to practice what we preach.”

Lucey elaborates “In this way we have helped a wide selection of enterprise clients, from indigenous companies, Fortune 100 Multinationals to major Governmental and Semi-State organisations. By meeting their IT and Project Resourcing needs in a professional, flexible manner, clients quickly become comfortable dealing with us. A guiding principle since 2007 has been that if we commit to doing something – it gets done. This makes a refreshing change for organisations who just don’t have the time to micro-manage their suppliers”

It’s a principle that is working for Aspira Consulting and IT Services.

AspiraCon win at the Deloitte Fast 50

AspiraCon are proud to announce that it ranked number 11 in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its fifteenth year in Ireland, ranks the fastest growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year, there are 13 companies from Northern Ireland in the ranking. The average growth rate of the Fast 50 companies named in this year’s ranking is 276%.

AspiraCon’s CEO, Pat Lucey, credits innovative services and unwavering customer focus with the company’s growth over the past five years. He said, “I am delighted with this recognition of our team’s success over the past five years. As our first time in the Deloitte Fast 50, coming in at number 11 is a great achievement, and we are accelerating our growth with the opening of our expanded Dublin office and expansion of our range of service offerings.”

Announcing the winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, Richard Howard, Partner with Deloitte, Dublin said: “I am continually enthused by the hunger, drive and capacity to innovate that the winning companies, as demonstrated by the close competition in this year’s ranking. The Fast 50 awards really do demonstrate the very best of this important sector, and we are delighted to be able to recognise them with these awards.”

The Deloitte Technology Industry Awards took place in Dublin on 7 November 2014. Keynote speakers on the night included Eric Openshaw, Deloitte Global Sector Leader for Technology and Chris Watt, Partner, ECI VC. Media sponsors included the Sunday Business Post and Ulster Business.