I’m Billy Dardis and I joined BearingPoint’s People and Strategy team in June as part of a summer internship for my Master’s in Management Consultancy from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. As a part-time student, I was due to complete this module of my studies in the summer of 2021, however, the global pandemic presented me with an opportunity to gain experience in the consulting space and expose myself to some new challenges.
I am also currently the captain of the Irish Rugby Sevens team competing on the Sevens World Series and before the global pandemic, my team and I were preparing to compete in an Olympic Qualifier to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in August 2020. The postponement of the Olympics to summer 2021 opened a window for me to get a lot of work done for my masters and afforded me the time to complete this internship with BearingPoint.
BearingPoint was fantastic to accommodate me on such short notice. The company immediately demonstrated its technology and HR capabilities with a very efficient onboarding process. I got the chance to meet my new team, the People & Strategy team, and learn about what they did and the projects they were working on. My first project entailed the re-development of a skills matrix that highlighted the necessary skills to succeed at different levels within the firm and the relevant training courses required. It was the perfect opportunity for me to meet everyone, learn of the many skills required to succeed in consulting and create something of value for BearingPoint’s learning and development program.
Throughout the summer, I had the opportunity to work on a project that was more in line with my sporting background. As BearingPoint is the Official Innovation Partner of Leinster Rugby, I was fortunate to be part of a team facilitating the ‘Fans on Screens’ initiative for Leinster’s opening games behind closed doors. We created a virtual stand for supporters using Microsoft Teams which was aired on the big screens in the Aviva Stadium and on Eir Sport. I also had the pleasure of doing some half-time punditry each weekend for the games, posing as experts to give our analysis of the games. It was great to be a part of the return of sport in Ireland and bring some excitement and joy to Leinster supporters, both young and old, during times of real uncertainty.
The focus of my work over the summer was mainly geared towards BearingPoint’s Digital Leaders Study. The study assesses the digital maturity of over fifty Irish companies across four dimensions: digital marketing, digital product experience, E-CRM and E-Commerce. The annual report is the foundation for a lot of work that BearingPoint do and so it was brilliant for me to be able to contribute to the firm in a way that will hopefully add value in the future.
Considering the current climate, digitalisation and digital transformation has become a key area for businesses as they look to broaden their digital capabilities to meet the growing demands of the consumer. A large amount of time was spent collecting the data before we analysed it and began writing the report. During this analysis phase, I had the chance to learn about some newer platforms such as Power BI and see the capabilities that it provides using large data sets. Interestingly, this year’s report will include an international comparison and global frontrunner section, which will allow us to compare companies to those across Europe and gain insight into some digitally innovative companies and industries.
I was due to finish my internship with BearingPoint at the end of August, but they have kindly allowed me to continue my involvement on a part-time basis. I was keen to finish what I started regarding the Digital Leaders Study. I was delighted to be able to stay involved with BearingPoint as I look to balance my commitments to training, study and work over the coming months. I look forward to continually learning from all the great people in this firm and enjoying the challenges and excitement of working in such a brilliant organisation.
As one of the best supported professional rugby clubs in the world, Leinster Rugby’s goals for continued success on the pitch are mirrored by its ambitions to increase its fan base both in Ireland and overseas and provide a best-in-class experience for rugby supporters. As Leinster Rugby’s Official Innovation Partner, BearingPoint supports the achievement of these goals by providing digital transformation, technology implementation and consulting services.