Project Description

Eugene O’Connell

Project Manager

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Project Management


  • Bachelor of Science (Biology and Psychology), Graceland University
  • Prince2 (Foundation & Practitioner)

About Eugene O’Connell

Eugene joined Seven Consulting’s Melbourne team in October 2021. He is a detailed-oriented and self-motivated Project Manager with three years’ experience working for a major not-for-profit transforming the digital space.

What Eugene brings

  • Proven track record in managing complex relationships.
  • Effective communication, and transparency with technical and business stakeholders.
  • Ability to think analytically and independently.
  • Good understanding of IT infrastructure, core systems and their integrations which is effective in working with teams to find creative solutions to complex environments.
  • Strong ability to communicate technical concepts, risks and needs to business teams to understand impact to operations and estimate project deliverables.

Key Clients:

  • Seven Consulting
  • The Salvation Army

Key Achievements:

As Project Manager (Fast track) at Seven Consulting, Eugene completed the fast-track program which is designed to enhance the core Project Management skills amongst the people who are experienced in their individual professional fields. During the Fast Track program, he has gained theoretical and practical knowledge on different aspects of project management by going through different sessions and exercises with domain experts. This program utilised his previous skills and knowledge whilst developing his skills and confidence level in using PM tools (like MS Project, JIRA etc), techniques and soft skills. Eugene also had the opportunity to work as shadow senior consultants in actual project environments where he has been exposed to risk, issues, and constraints on a project and better ways to manage them.

As Project Manager at The Salvation Army, Eugene managed the migration of the infrastructure and “on-prem” application services currently running across two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne to Equinix Melbourne. He worked with vendor and technical teams to deliver disaster recovery capability for the organisation’s data centres in Melbourne and Sydney. He successfully achieved cost avoidance of maintenance and support costs for legacy data centres and integrated multiple vendor schedules per application migration into the overall timeline. He managed the roll out of change and communications for relevant stakeholders impacted by upgrades, migrations and testing to the on-prem data centre. Eugene was responsible for developing the migration and testing strategy plans for stretched VLANs and VMs, financial management of the project budget ($350K) including reporting and forecasting, and tracking, treatment planning and management of risks, issues, and quality. He oversaw the procurement and management of HCI hardware and software upgrades, network configuration and testing between legacy data centres and Equinix and the development and creation of application test plans required for post migration verification to the data centres to uncover, identify and document software problems and their causes.

As Project Manager at The Salvation Army, Eugene managed the consolidation of three legacy domains and the migration of application databases, server infrastructure and active directory services into a newly built domain. He successfully consolidated three domains into one national domain migrating +10,000 users, 65 applications, 230 infrastructure servers, 40 databases and decommissioned 330 servers 3 months ahead of deadline. Decommissioned legacy environments within planned down time and without disruption and worked closely with various vendors and technology teams to deliver national platforms for PKI/NPS and SQL database management from three disparate domains. He enabled SSO functionality to be implemented in future for applications. Successfully achieved $126K per annum in operational savings for the organisation with the removal of Citrix, consolidation of SQL databases and Quest licensing. Eugene achieved high customer satisfaction from end users and application owners following migration activities and delivered the project under budget and utilised savings to re-baseline and deliver additional scope ahead of schedule.

As Project Management Analyst at The Salvation Army, Eugene Supported the PMO manager to monitor progress and prepare management information. This included financial forecasts, scheduling, dependency mapping, risk and issue management in line with the department framework and stage gate processes across multiple portfolios. He assisted with project scheduling and business case development for large and complex projects including resource planning, facilitated regular review meetings and supported program / project managers in closing out actions. He was responsible for management of the governance and reporting tools, office registers and program / project repositories and artefacts in SharePoint. Eugene also assisted with planning for the mail migration to Outlook for the National Collaboration Project and active Directory Consolidation project (Phase 1) for user / machine migrations, supported remediation and stabilisation of project from red to green status and delivered releases against re-baselined schedule for NCP Pilot project. 

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