The “Smartest” building in Ireland: Site visit to Tyco Ireland, One Albert Quay, Cork
Our members and guests were welcomed to Tyco’s new, state of the art, office by Laani Pegler, PA to Donal Sullivan, VP and GM of Tyco Ireland/ Global Business Services Centre, Cork.
We were fortunate to be one of the first groups to visit the ‘smartest building in Ireland’. We networked while enjoying refreshments and beautiful views of our city from the 5th floor.
Donal began by giving us some background to the Tyco businesses. Tyco is the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company. Tyco provides more than three million customers around the globe with the latest fire protection and security products and services. A company with $10+ billion in annual revenue, Tyco has over 57,000 employees in more than 900 locations across 50 countries serving various end markets, including commercial, institutional, governmental, retail, industrial, energy, residential and small business. Donal spoke about the scale advantage and how that last mile connection to customers gives them advantage over the competition. He shared some examples of the vast types of businesses, from fire suppression in the recent delivery of naval vessels, to clothing tagging and tracking in retail environments, to security systems in government buildings, big stadiums and most of fortune 500 companies’ buildings. In an open assessment of his experiences he noted the sometimes difficult past history of the company, the difficulties encountered through various buyouts, mergers and splits. In the last separation in 2012 Tyco went from a holding company to an operating company. He then spoke about the recently announced merger with Johnston Controls, which will give them €33bn revenue, 120k employees across 50 countries. The Global HQ for the merged company, Johnston Controls International, will be Cork. He spoke about the impact of the merger in that they were moving to a massive scale advantage. The Cork site also supports the Global Business Service Centre and R&D division.
Donal shared the story of how after the closure of the old Tyco company in Ireland, he led the development of the global compliance group. Its focus was initially to just audit commercial agreements but they quickly evolved into producing contacts for thousands of new contracts to formalize existing agreements, some verbal and 30 years old. This led over time to the Global business service centre and the Global HQ in Cork thanks to the capabilities of the Cork team, some luck and Donal's perseverance. He shared how the mix of functions within the Cork site will hopefully ensures its longevity. Donal told the story of the building of One Albert Quay and how it has already become a show room for the technology Tyco produces. He shared how the building processes itself gave great visibly to the brand and how the City location has assisted in the hiring and motivation of staff. He feels the building sets the standard for future City centre developments. Donal mentioned how a cluster of like-minded companies is being created in the building which bodes well for the future.
After a lively Q&A, Donal personally led us on a tour of the building, that included the open plan state of the art workspaces, the impressive 6th floor training and meeting space, that includes the 24 seat boardroom with spectacular views over Cork city and harbour. The tour finished with two members of Donal's team, Declan Tarrent and Eamonn O'Brien demonstrating the interactive, integrated building data systems being explored and tested in the building.
Networking at Tyco
One Albert Quay
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