the challenges of digital transformation

[CONTENU PARTENAIRE] Alltech Consulting is an ESN created in June 2015. Technology-oriented, it supports key accounts in their digital transformation. Located across the west coast of France, it now has 200 employees. Guillaume Martin, member of the strategy committee at Alltech Consulting, comes back to us about the challenges in his field.

What is your company’s mission?

Alltech Consulting is an IT and engineering services company. We meet the needs of our customers and their consumers through web application and software developmentπŸ‡§πŸ‡· The expertise of our consultants (developers, designers, testers, system managers, etc.) Skill body updated regularly. Therefore, they have the most innovative technologies on the market. Alltech Consulting is aimed at banks, insurance companies, mutual societies, industrial, aeronautical and e-commerce sectors. Agile expert support and train these sectors throughout their digital transformation.

Our industry is booming! Alltech Consulting even recorded double-digit growth last year. We still expect to hire 70 new talents by 2023, whether juniors or seniors.

How do you manage recruitment?

As in many other fields of activity, this stage represents our main difficulty today. However, we are trying to innovate in our recruitment process. This requires our presence and involvement in technical communities and social media. Recently, Alltech Consulting interested many applicants by being the sponsor of a gaming event. We follow technical and digital trends, vector for increase employability of our consultants and important lever to attract new talentπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

Our recruitment actions are conducted through a HR strategy based on methods borrowed from marketingπŸ‡§πŸ‡· This is an innovation that reverses traditional recruiting practices to respond to observed difficulties. Concretely, come promote a targeted and streamlined candidate experience through our employer brand contentπŸ‡§πŸ‡· This can result in events, more than half of which are reported to us by our employees. A discussion follows and, if interest is proven, a budget to carry out this recruitment plan. Of course, we also recruit in a more conventional way. Within our teams, some of our employees have recruitment experienceπŸ‡§πŸ‡· We also go through the usual recruitment channels: job advertisements, job offers, etc.

Can you tell us more about this support for your customers?

Above all, we support you in defining your project. This preparation stage involves, among other things, discussions, to co-construct certain strategiesπŸ‡§πŸ‡· They can be technological (performance issues, issues related to a certain structure, etc.) or involve the implementation of new types of contracts. These are specific to Alltech Consulting’s operation.

Typically, working on a digital transformation project involves a fixed price, i.e. a commitment to quality, time and cost. However, it is quite complicated to contract commitments working in agile mode. Needs evolve and work is constant. Therefore, it is difficult to commit to a single perimeter.

Faced with this finding, Alltech Consulting signed innovative contracts to continue to work in agile mode, keeping commitmentsπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Agile Skills and Expertise Centers offer minimal compromise to reassure our customers while preserving the flexibility of agility.

Did you make a specific change to your way of working?

Alltech Consulting adopted a new working model with your employeesπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Covid has accelerated your desire to move almost exclusively to telework, and this is a choice that we are applying. For candidates, this criterion is decisive even in the job interview. This new reality leads us to deeply review our management methods, so that our employees maintain the feeling of belonging to the company.

And with your customers?

Some of our customers are still very attached to the face-to-face experience, but others have really changed their habits. Telecommuting has become the norm, in particular for banks, insurance companies and mutual societies. In addition to the issue of operational transformation, there is also the issue of ecological transformation. This is even more true for mutuals.πŸ‡§πŸ‡· These companies make this one of their priorities, because they carry a social vocation within themselves.

Consequently, these major changes also pose organizational problems. You have to juggle everyone’s schedules and sometimes even contractors and employees to know who comes to the company and what day of the week. However, more and more of our customers accept that service providers no longer come to the site, or at least only from time to time. Of course, this system only works if the work or collaboration model has already undergone digital transformation.

Remote work, video conferencing, and this new work-life balance are coming into play. along the same lines as agile project managementπŸ‡§πŸ‡· To reach maturity, agility really needs the same collaborative tools.

Finally, how do you envision the future of Alltech Consulting?

It all depends on the sector of activity supported. There are sectors whose digital transformation is ahead and others that are just in their infancy. Our accompaniment is not the same according to the particularities of each one. However, Alltech Consulting is betting on a growing sectorπŸ‡§πŸ‡· We are also budgeting for 20% growth for next year, either organic or external.

As we said above, the main issue remains recruitment. For now, French engineers are short of tomorrow’s transformation challengesπŸ‡§πŸ‡· However, schools seem to be filling their ranks, which makes us optimistic for the future.

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