|Chaque mois nous interrogeons nos anciens sur leur parcours une fois diplômé SUPINFO.
Voici l''interview de Boon Chye, publié dans SUPINFO Inside, le magazine de la Communauté SUPINFO, du mois de mars 2013.
Ce témoigagne est en anglais car la langue maternelle de Boon Chye est le mandarin ; afin d’avoir la meilleure
transcription possible, Boon Chye a préféré avoir un entretien en anglais.
> Boon Chye LIM (SUPINFO 1984), Managing Director of EXCELLE Consulting
SUPINFO INSIDE: Hello Boon Chye, can your introduce yourself in few words please?
What was your first job after you are graduated from SUPINFO?
Boon Chye LIM: I graduated from ESI (old name for SUPINFO) in 1984 and did a year of internship at Steria Telecommunications in 1985. As I was on a Singapore/French Government Scholarship, I had to return to Singapore to complete my National Service (service militaire) and my first job was a Software Engineer with an applied research institute developing CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering) Tool. We were using Microsoft Windows 2.0 and C++ at that time. In fact, we developed the first CASE tool in Singapore and marketed it in the States in 1988. In 1991, I joined Banque Indosuez as the IT Operations Head and in 1996, I went into Consulting, first with Ernst & Young Consultants, then Cap Gemini Ernst & Young before setting up my consulting, project management and training company, EXCELLE CONSULTING in January 2003. All in all, I have more than 26 years of industry experience with the last 16 years in Management Consultancy and Training.
SI: Why did you leave for Singapore?
BCL: Singapore is at the cross-road of East and West and there are many opportunities for software, professional services company to prosper. Today, there are more than 11,000 French in Singapore and total number of French companies exceeds 400. Even Interpol has just recently moved part of its office from Lyon to Singapore. Many of my students at ESSEC, where I teach, also aspire to stay in Asia, looking for internship, employment or starting their own business.
SI: What is your job today?
BCL: I am the Managing Director of EXCELLE CONSULTING and we provide Business and IT Consulting, Project Management and Training services to MNCs, PMEs and Government agencies in Singapore and overseas. We have done projects in 20 countries worldwide, including Africa and the Middle East. As we are trilingual – English, Mandarin and French, we are able to serve European and American companies operating in Singapore and China. Our clients include DHL, Panasonic, Thales, BNP Paribas, Brocade Communications, Exel Logistics, etc..
I am teaching part-time as an Adjunct Professeur at ESSEC in Singapore, teaching Consulting Skills & Techniques, Project Management and Structured Thinking and Communication (Minto Pyramid Principle) that helps professionals sell their ideas, solutions and recommendations in a compelling and logical manner. I also provide follow-up presentation coaching to Masters students and executives. The ability to communicate convincingly and clearly is the single most critical weakness of IT and technical professionals and many are not able to get their ideas across concisely and with impact.
Other workshops which we conduct include Strategic Account Management, Change Management, Business Process Reengineering, Business and IT Strategy Planning and How to Negotiate with Chinese and Asian businesses. We are looking for partners for some of these training outside of Singapore.
Currently, I serve as the President of the French Alumni (Association of students who have gone to France for studies), Board Member of Alliance Francaise de Singapour and Trustee Board Member of the Lycee Francaise de Singapour.
SI: What were your most remarkable experiences?
BCL: I enjoyed my studies at ESI from 1981-1985 and found the training highly industry-focused and practical. My most difficult moment in France was to learn French in 9 months from scratch at the Universite de Pau and then straight into Classe Preparatoire where I did Maths Sup and Maths Spe (M) at Lycee Champollion in Grenoble. It was hellish. Though I was admitted to 2 other Ecoles, I had rightly chosen ESI and is proud to be associated with the school which, as I have seen, has gone through tremendous transformation and international expansion.
SUPINFO Inside, mars 2013