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My first week at Cetus Solutions


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I’m Missy, the new Digital Marketing Executive, and I’ve been a part of the Cetus Solutions family for just over a week now. And what a week it has been!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind; the first couple of days were just back-to-back inductions on who we are, what we do, and the values that we’ve set as a company. As much as I ‘love all things digital’, IT solutions had never even been on my radar. In fact, I wasn’t very aware that they were a thing. So I walked into the Cetus building on Monday morning with only minimal knowledge of what the company does. Being wilfully ignorant of IT solutions didn’t last long, I can tell you!

We’re all sick of hearing companies going on and on about ‘transparency’, with regards to both their employees and their customers. I know I am, and I know that I fall for the false promise of honesty and integrity in a new job time and time again. There’s a lot to be said about working in a company that values its employees just as much as its clients. And Cetus is exactly the kind of place you want to spend quite a chunk of your life working for. Paul Kiveal, our Strategic Business Development Director (I’m still not quite sure what that is, but apparently he’s fantastic at it) explained that at Cetus, we live by the words ‘inspire’, transform’ and ‘together’. And I really do think that those are the best three words to sum up Cetus Solutions.

Inspire
I’m a creative; I draw, I scrapbook, I DIY. So sitting in front of a desk all day every day has always been my idea of Hell. Yes, I can spend hours designing a website, messing around with graphic design software Canva and keeping up with all three of my Twitter accounts (incidentally, three is too much, and they’re a full time job in and of themselves). But I didn’t think that my method of working; which is basically lots of index cards flying about, notebooks of all sizes open and scribbled in and all kinds of lists scattered all over the desk; would fit in an office environment. And sitting? I’ve never had a sit-down job, ever. I hate sitting still, and I hate desks. As it is, I’d rather walk for 45 minutes than wait in the cold for a bus.

Surprisingly, I needn’t have worried. The whole team couldn’t be more accommodating if they tried. I’m encouraged to book out our ‘inspire room’, with its beanbag and comfy sofa, to scribble my thoughts onto the purple whiteboard. I was handed the office supplies catalogue and told to go nuts; I have my own corkboard on its way to help me organise all the bits of paper, notes and reminders that I have flying about. And I couldn’t be happier; sitting at my cosy desk with a cup of coffee, my laptop running quietly while I try and organise myself and next week’s content. I even have a second screen that I use primarily to keep an eye on what’s trending on Tweetdeck. No one stares when I stand up at my desk to get a different perspective on what I’m working on. It’s fantastic.

Transform
With my brand new Journalism and New Media degree, I have a bit of a background in PR and digital marketing. I think it’s fun, and I’ve looked into it for the craic. But I haven’t had much experience at all. So you can imagine my surprise when I actually got The Dream Job at The Dream Company (I’m convinced that I just dazzled them with my Irish accent). But in all seriousness, I walked in last Monday morning worried that I would be thrown into the deep end and be expected to increase engagement and drive leads within five minutes of my arriving. These weren’t ‘first day new job’ nerves, these were ‘I am nowhere near qualified for this and I have no idea what I’m doing’ nerves. A bit like going in to an exam without having had studied for it (not that I would know what that feels like!). Again, I had nothing to worry about. The Marketing Department has doubled in size, and we’re basically going to grow the Cetus marketing into a beast to be reckoned with. Claire Gibson is the Head of Marketing and Strategic Vendor Alliances, and she’s kind of like Wonder Woman. I started with Leanne, our new Campaign Manager, and Claire is carefully directing both of us, as well as getting on with whatever Strategic Vendor Alliances involves. So, while there is a lot to do, there’s no pressure to stress about. We’re not alone in our mission to improve the marketing at Cetus, we’re all in it together. So watch this space, we’re going to get big!

I love working here, I really do. I come in in the morning, with loads of ideas and things to be doing. I never have to ask what needs to be done; I already know what does. I’m constantly planning, organising and creating content for our social media (make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our shiny new Instagram!). The days are short at Cetus; I often don’t get to complete all the tasks that I’ve set myself for the day. But there’s always tomorrow, and the deadlines that have been set are always attainable. My job is definitely an exciting one. There are so many things that need to be done, and I have so much creative freedom, it really is a dream come true!

Together
I’ve settled in quite well already in Cetus. I’ve been so lucky in the past to work with fantastic teams, full of young, ambitious people. And thankfully, it is much the same here at Cetus. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere- you get on with what you need to do, but there’s always time for a chat and a laugh. On Fridays at 2pm, it’s beer o’clock; time for a quick chat with a refreshing drink which we then bring back to our workstations and continue with what we were doing.

Tea and coffee; that is such a luxury. I’m not going to lie, my first day I made the mistake of asking all the ladies on the floor if they wanted teas or coffees and I got bombarded with requests. Trying to remember them all and get them back up the stairs again was a bit tricky, but as with most things, I’m starting to learn everyone’s orders. Typically British, tea is always most popular!

So that was my first week at Cetus; busy, inspiring and fun. I’m happy where I am, with a fantastic group of people with a vision and drive that have made me feel so welcome already. Cetus Solutions isn’t really a job, it’s the beginning of a career, and I know that I’m going to be pottering about the sales floor dropping index cards full of ideas behind me for many years to come.

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Directors-9619Missy Beaudelot – Digital Marketing Executive
With a background in journalism and an interest in all things tech, Missy keeps our social media in check while monitoring our websites and developing our digital presence.

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Raison D’être


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I recently joined Cetus Solutions, after knowing them for a number of years and in the throes of business against each other I decided to sign up. I have often been frustrated with their customer base being almost fortress-like, it is difficult to see or know why when you are on the outside.

Now I have joined as a Sales Manager for Cetus I have been enlightened on the reasons why and more interestingly how their ability to work on such large scale customers and projects is a reality.

Working in the industry we do, it is no secret that a lot of money is spent on technology. A number of people see this (normally finance ;-)) as a cost, but actually I feel there is a different way to explain the spending on technology.

If we look at the world today, a car, a Blu-ray player, checking in at a hotel, a new build home. None of these would be considered a suitable purchase or process without modern technology of today. Some people won’t buy a TV without Wi-Fi capability, most people certainly won’t buy a new car if you cannot connect your phone via Bluetooth.

So, why is it acceptable for a business not to do the same? We look at the companies we know and revere in this modern day, we look at how they use IT as a business enabler and these companies all have one thing in common. Huge growth patterns, both financially and also in size. Companies are worth $1b in less than two years, the only way this can happen is investment in technology. Yes we can argue that people are the biggest asset but these people won’t be working at a company that give them a 7kg laptop and a mobile phone they can’t speak to family on.

I shall also bring in my favourite quote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”.

But, not all businesses can hire a huge team of technology experts who can advise or consult on the best technology to meet the requirements of an ever changing and more demanding world. So it becomes a struggle to just keep the lights on, let alone let Margaret in Marketing use her personal iPad to access corporate marketing information on a public Wi-Fi in Shanghai whilst on holiday. This also isn’t saying, that technology is everything. But it is the most effective and reliable enabler a business can invest in, enable the idea, the people, the product to do more and this can only mean positive results.

Let’s get to my point… raison d’être. Translated from French this means “the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence”

This isn’t Cetus’ tag line obviously, but after my first couple of weeks that phrase is entirely apt. Cetus’ whole ethos and mantra is about understanding how, when and where a business requires their assistance. The genuine focus is on what is best for the customer, I have seen and heard more about other businesses than I have Cetus in my few weeks here which shows that they truly pull together for one aim. Their raison d’être.

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Why is an Elephant?


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Why is an Elephant? A question I once posed to my English teacher as he boasted he was well educated and stating (unlike his students) he could answer anything we threw at him.  The relevance and purpose of the question was nonsense of course, but hidden here in plain sight is the real question, Why?

Why do we do what we do?  (What is our purpose?) The question Why? Must be the ultimate question of all.

The now infamous line from The Matrix “Why why why Mr Anderson” shouts agent Smith! (I just like that film!).  And the all too common question for any extreme athlete; Why do you do what you do; Why put your life at risk?  Why do people buy electric cars from a non-profitable company (Elon Musk – Tesla) a chap who also designs reusable rockets, is building a mission to Mars and manufactures solar roof tiles? Why indeed?

A question applicable to one and all and not many can answer immediately without thought. A very defining question indeed.  We all have choices and many have an inbuilt desire to achieve and succeed in what we choose to do as humans, a competitive instinct is a great thing so how can we as employers and commercial organisations harness this to benefit their productivity and competitive edge? A question from a question and the subject matter goes on. But this doesn’t answer the Why question…

“Because I love what we do here, I love the people and I can make a difference” is often heard here at Cetus and we are ever so proud to hear that too!  A more personal and popular response.

From our inception in 2001, Cetus openly published our values, our core ethos to: Think differently, Deliver better, Forge bonding relationships (partnerships), be the best at what we do, be thought leaders.  This is where the Why? of Cetus began.

We set out to compete with System-Integrators by design and be different in our approach; it was (and still is) all about our customers, listening and understanding are key.  “Vendor neutrality and a commercial approach with a technical toolkit’ was also early messaging as it’s all about the customers need and desires, not just what stuff we thought we could sell for a profit.

Jump to the present day, much grey hair and indeed more wrinkly, I sit as part of a team who have amassed an unparalleled wealth of experience and knowledge which underpins our Why?

Encapsulated more recently in our updated messaging ‘Inspire. Transform. Together’ is the Why? of Cetus.  Deep within the DNA of Cetus is a core set of values attributing to the Why?

Think differently
Challenge thinking
Designing value
Create innovative solutions
Challenge the status quo
Challenge the boundaries of IT

This is why we do what we do.

Here at Cetus, for over 15 years we’ve been enjoying challenging thinking.   We inspire IT professionals to think differently, not just about the here and now, but by delivering strategic empowerment to effect change to improve business outcomes.  Competitive advantage and driving productivity are outputs and products of what Cetus do, but working with individuals to grow and enhance an organisation’s abilities is a core part of our enjoyment, we simply love working with people!

I have an inbuilt desire to solve problems at work and in my private life. Since I could use a screwdriver I have always taken things apart and reassembled them.  But I love working with people, I love asking questions and understanding people and their drivers and the fact I can influence change and the development of others.

At Cetus, we have built this into our platform from day one, it is something I have passionately worked on all my career and for me, success comes in many guises but the most satisfying is the development of people, giving people a chance to improve and better themselves. Naturally in turn, this promotes success within any individual too. “You can go fast alone, but can go faster together”!

Another Why question this time from the film IRobot:
“Why is it that when Robots are stored in an empty space they will group together rather than stand alone?” This one is intriguing and who knows, with the anticipated growth of AI and Machine Learning, perhaps we’ll find out in our lifetime one day.

Cetus are always looking for energetic, inspiring and thought provoking people to join our Team.  If you think you know your Why?, then simply give us a shout as you have most likely found a great place to be… Cetus Solutions.

Mike.pngMike English – Managing Director
Since forming Cetus in 2001, Mike drives change and development to ensure Cetus empower and deliver real value to our customers, enabling successful business outcomes.