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One in five Irish businesses held to ransom in past 12 months

    One in five Irish businesses held to ransom in past 12 months

One-fifth of Irish businesses were held to ransom by cybercriminals in the past 12 months, according to the results of a recent survey commissioned by information security company Ward Solutions. The survey was carried out among 170 senior IT professionals and decision makers in Ireland just prior to the recent WannaCry attacks, and highlights the […]

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25 new software and tech jobs for Drogheda

    25 new software and tech jobs for Drogheda

Fintech software company Aphix Software has announced the creation of 25 new jobs at its Drogheda base. The new positions, supported by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland are across many areas of the business to include customer success, software engineering and development. Recruitment has begun with all positions to be filled over the […]

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Irish businesses will spend average of €190K on cloud in next year

    Irish businesses will spend average of €190K on cloud in next year

Interconnection and data centre company Equinix has announced the results of an independent survey of senior IT decision-makers in Ireland, which found that the typical medium to large enterprise will spend on average €190,000 on cloud technology and services in the next 12 months. The survey shows that about 85% of businesses are currently deploying […]

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First Derivatives to hire 400 graduates

    First Derivatives to hire 400 graduates

Fintech company First Derivatives is to take on 400 graduate recruits this year and has also reported a 30% increase in revenues for the year of £151.7 million. The company also reported a profit of £12.5 million, up 20% on last year.
First Derivatives employs 1,750 people worldwide at offices in Newry, London, New York, Stockholm […]

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Ibec calls for response to cyber attacks

    Ibec calls for response to cyber attacks

Commenting on last weekend’s unprecedented international cyber attacks, Ibec’s Head of Digital Policy, Erik O’Donovan said: “While Ireland appears to have been spared so far in the wave of cyber attacks currently affecting many countries, Ibec is liaising with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to monitor the situation for Irish businesses.
“We advise […]

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Secure websites a cyber security risk for Irish businesses

    Secure websites a cyber security risk for Irish businesses

Secure websites present one of the biggest headaches for Irish companies looking to protect themselves from potentially crippling online attacks, a top cyber security expert has claimed. “Most traditional firewalls allow all traffic coming from secure websites straight into your network, presenting a huge opportunity for cyber criminals,” said cyber security expert James Canty of […]

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Leading privacy lawyer joins FP Logue

    Leading privacy lawyer joins FP Logue

FP Logue Solicitors has announced that Dr TJ McIntyre has joined the firm as a consultant. TJ is a solicitor and a lecturer in law at University College Dublin specialising in information technology and privacy issues. Recognised as one of Ireland’s leading experts in his field, TJ has advised a range of public and private […]

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New appointment at Comtrade Digital Services

    New appointment at Comtrade Digital Services

Software engineering services and solutions provider Comtrade Digital Services has announced the appointment of Žarko Kostić as business development manager. The role reflects Comtrade Digital Services’ growth plans as it looks to continue expanding its service offerings and position in the Irish and UK markets.
A certified accountant, Žarko has a passion for business growth and […]

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Novi invests €510,000 in proactive service centre

    Novi invests €510,000 in proactive service centre

Managed services provider Novi has invested €510,000 in a new Proactive Service Centre in Naas, Co, Kildare. The investment includes the fit-out of a dedicated suite to accommodate the Proactive Service Centre at Novi’s headquarters. It will also invest in new technology and tools, including advanced reporting and predictive analytics, which automate its service capability […]

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Irish IT services firm EMIT acquires Softech

    Irish IT services firm EMIT acquires Softech

IT services firm EMIT has announced it has acquired the manage services business and customer base of Irish IT service provider, Softech. The deal will enable EMIT to grow its managed services business and it is forecasting that the acquisition will add a further €2 million in revenue over the next three years.
Founded in 2003 […]

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New cloud exchange solution brings Equinix’s investment in Ireland to over €18.5m

    New cloud exchange solution brings Equinix’s investment in Ireland to over €18.5m

Equinix, Inc, the global interconnection and data centre company, has announced that its total investment in Ireland now surpasses €18.5 million with the launch of Equinix Cloud Exchange. The interconnection solution will provide customers with direct access to the biggest global cloud service providers, including Microsoft Azure and Office 365.
The service is designed for businesses […]

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365 jobs announced at Version 1

    365 jobs announced at Version 1

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced today that IT services company, Version 1, will be creating 365 IT services jobs over the next three years at its base in Dublin’s city centre. The jobs will be in the areas of ERP, systems integration, cloud and data analytics. Version 1 is aiming to fill 100 positions […]

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Nutanix Cloud improves Vhi’s IT flexibility and performance

    Nutanix Cloud improves Vhi’s IT flexibility and performance

Enterprise cloud computing firm Nutanix has announced the implementation of its enterprise cloud solution for insurance provider, Vhi Group. Currently supporting more than 100 developers and testers, the new platform is designed to increase efficiencies and reduce Vhi’s IT costs. According to Nutanix, it has already led to time savings for the company’s IT department […]

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FinTech company to create 200 jobs in Dublin

    FinTech company to create 200 jobs in Dublin

Fenergo, a provider of Client Lifecycle Management software solutions for investment, corporate and private banks, has announced the creation of 200 new jobs, bringing its total global employee base to 500.
The new positions, supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland, are across many areas of the business and will begin immediately with all […]

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Reluctance among asset management sector to adapt to technological advances

    Reluctance among asset management sector to adapt to technological advances

A new study from PwC has reported that Brexit and digital technology will reshape the asset and wealth management industry, although only 10% are investing in digital. Among global companies in Ireland, the value of the asset and wealth management industry is about to hit a high of $5 trillion. Despite this, only a few […]

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Dell is best place to work, says Irish employees

    Dell is best place to work, says Irish employees

Job site Indeed has compiled a list of 25 companies to feature in ‘Best Places to Work in the Private Sector in Ireland’, with tech giant Dell coming out on top. The list was determined from the input of thousands of employee reviews. According to Marie Moynihan, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at […]

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Plans to transform Abbeyfeale convent into business hub

    Plans to transform Abbeyfeale convent into business hub

Abbeyfeale Community Council plans to transform the convent into a hub for new businesses and job creation, a community events hall and a visitor and heritage centre. If the community council’s plans go ahead, it could create a significant number of new jobs in the town as well as boosting Abbeyfeale’s attraction for tourism.
The community […]

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Tech firms unite to create €50m IT service operation

    Tech firms unite to create €50m IT service operation

Two Irish tech companies are joining forces to create a new €50m IT service operation. PlanNet21 Communications and Agile Networks have announced their plans to provide customers with a complete end-to-end portfolio of solutions including security, networks, wireless, unified communications and server storage. The move will be accompanied by a full-service offering ranging from Solution […]

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Apple Pay mobile payment service launches in Ireland

    Apple Pay mobile payment service launches in Ireland

Apple Pay allows people using certain Apple mobile devices to pay for goods and services in thousands of retail outlets around the country where contactless payments are accepted. They will also be able to use the system to pay for purchases on participating apps and websites. The Apple Pay Irish launch comes two-and-a-half years after […]

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Windows loses ground as Android OS battles for top spot

    Windows loses ground as Android OS battles for top spot

Windows might be the leading operating system around the world thanks to its presence on desktop PCs and laptops but it is increasingly being overshadowed by Google’s mobile OS. New data from webs analytics firm StatCounter shows Android’s global market share hit 37.4% last month, just behind Windows on 38.6%.
Launched in September 2008, Android now […]

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R&D Tax Credits and the Knowledge Development Box: An insight into Ireland’s ICT Sector

    R&D Tax Credits and the Knowledge Development Box: An insight into Ireland’s ICT Sector

Post provided by Mazars.
Ireland has one of the highest concentrations of digital technology activity and employment within the OECD which is primarily due to a highly skilled workforce, high education standards, competitive corporate tax rates, political stability, geographic advantages, EU membership and a proven track record of business development. As a country, Ireland is emerging […]

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Irish Companies to Showcase at Mobile World Congress 2017

    Irish Companies to Showcase at Mobile World Congress 2017

Fourteen client companies will showcase their communications technology solutions on the Ireland Pavilion at Mobile World Congress which takes places in Barcelona from the 27 February to 2 March 2017, Enterprise Ireland announced on Thursday.
The 14 exhibitors on the Ireland Pavilion comprise of three High Potential Start-Up companies and 11 established companies showcasing in areas […]

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Ricoh Announces 110 Jobs and €6.5 Million Investment in New Irish HQ

    Ricoh Announces 110 Jobs and €6.5 Million Investment in New Irish HQ

Technology company Ricoh announced on Thursday plans to more than double Irish staff base to 190 in next three years. Ricoh currently employs 80 people in Ireland after creating 30 jobs here in the last 18 months.
Ricoh also announced the opening of its new Irish headquarters on the back of a €6.5 million investment.  The new […]

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153 Dublin Jobs Announced in Four Companies

    153 Dublin Jobs Announced in Four Companies

The creation of 153 new jobs for Dublin from four North American and European high-growth companies was announced on Wednesday by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The new jobs are being created by technology companies working in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) area across a range of activities such as software engineering, R&D, […]

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Microsoft to Hire 600 People in Dublin

    Microsoft to Hire 600 People in Dublin

Microsoft announced on Friday plans to hire 600 people, according to IDA Ireland. Following the selection of Dublin as the location for one of four global Inside Sales Centres, 500 new roles have been created with immediate effect.
The Company also announced that it is recruiting a further 100 people across its existing operations in Ireland […]

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Phase Two Extension of ‘The Mill’ Enterprise Hub Opens in Drogheda

    Phase Two Extension of ‘The Mill’ Enterprise Hub Opens in Drogheda

The Minister for Small Business, Pat Breen, officially opened the Phase two extension of The Mill in Drogheda, County Louth, on Thursday. The Enterprise Hub was named The ‘Mill’ in recognition of Drogheda’s proud commercial and industrial heritage dating back to the early 1800’s, but is now staking it’s claim as one of the leading […]

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Indeed to Hire 500 New Dublin Staff

    Indeed to Hire 500 New Dublin Staff

Job website Indeed announced on Wednesday expansion plans for its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), adding 500 new employees over the next two years.
The company has already started recruiting for sales, client services, HR, business development, marketing, finance, strategy and operations roles, which will help companies across EMEA to maximise […]

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NGINX to Establish EMEA Headquarters in Cork

    NGINX to Establish EMEA Headquarters in Cork

Web server developer NGINX, Inc. announced on Monday plans to establish a new headquarters for EMEA in Cork, creating 100 tech jobs over the next three years in specialties including sales, marketing, finance, business development, software architecture, engineering, and research and development.
“By launching our EMEA headquarters in Cork we’ll be able to better serve our customers […]

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BrowserStack to Establish International Headquarters in Dublin

    BrowserStack to Establish International Headquarters in Dublin

Mobile and web testing platform BrowserStack has operationalized its devise Mobile Data Center in Dublin, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced on Tuesday. Mitchell O’Connor also announced that BrowserStack will expand its Dublin operations and plans to employ world class talent to lead the development of the next generation of mobile and web […]

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HSA Develops Free Online Course to Help Employers Manage Workplace Bullying

    HSA Develops Free Online Course to Help Employers Manage Workplace Bullying

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has created a free short online course, aimed at assisting employers in managing workplace bullying complaints, accessible through https://hsalearning.ie. The 30-minute course is intended help employers and managers to understand the nature of bullying complaints and to deal with them appropriately.
Employers and managers need to upskill themselves in order to […]

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Shard Capital Launches Venture Capital Fund

    Shard Capital Launches Venture Capital Fund

Shard Capital Partners LLP announcesd on Thursday the launch and first closing of the Suir Valley Venture Fund of Suir Valley Funds ICAV, the first Irish focused venture capital fund in Ireland that uses a regulated fund with a fully regulated Alternative Investment Fund Manager. The Fund invests in early stage software companies in the […]

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Red Hat to Create 60 Jobs in Waterford

    Red Hat to Create 60 Jobs in Waterford

Open source software company, Red Hat, plans to invest €12.7 million in a new project, creating up to 60 jobs in Waterford over four years, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training, Skills & Innovation John Halligan announced on Monday.
Red Hat’s Waterford office was established in 2014 following […]

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MicksGarage.com Raises €1.5 Million for UK Market Growth

    MicksGarage.com Raises €1.5 Million for UK Market Growth

Irish online automotive parts retailer MicksGarage.com announced on Sunday the completion of a €1.5 million funding round to support further growth in the UK market. This latest fundraising for the Irish owned e-commerce business, which provides car parts and accessories to both do-it-yourself motoring enthusiasts and garages, was founded by brothers Ciaran and Michael Crean.
MicksGarage.com […]

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Deloitte to Open Blockchain Lab in Dublin

    Deloitte to Open Blockchain Lab in Dublin

Professional services firm Deloitte opened its EMEA blockchain lab at Whitaker Court in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks” district on Monday.
The bespoke-designed lab builds on Deloitte’s global fintech and innovation practice which involves a network of labs around the world including a major lab on Wall Street.  Blockchain is an evolving database technology which has the capacity to […]

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InsideSales to Open Ireland Offices, Creating More Than 120 Jobs

    InsideSales to Open Ireland Offices, Creating More Than 120 Jobs

Predictive sales acceleration platform InsideSales is expanding into Ireland, the company announced on Wednesday. InsideSales also announced a new growth equity round of investment that included the participation of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, and signed a new partnership with Ireland’s Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
InsideSales is also looking to grow its presence in Ireland […]

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Nostra Unveils New Facility, Announces 50 New Jobs

    Nostra Unveils New Facility, Announces 50 New Jobs

Lucan-based ICT comapny, Nostra, an independent, announced 50 new jobs on Wednesday. The company was established by Laois natives, Kevin and Barry O’Loughlin along with Gary Byrne and Senan Finucane in 2006 and has grown rapidly in the last number of years. The business has grown from just four staff in 2006 to 75 people […]

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SilverCloud Health Raises $8.1 million in Series A Funding

    SilverCloud Health Raises $8.1 million in Series A Funding

Digital company SilverCloud Health raised $8.1 million in Series A funding, the Department of Jobs announced on Thursday. Venture capital firm B Capital Group, founded by Raj Ganguly and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, led the investment round with significant participation from ACT Venture Capital and returning investors, Investec Ventures and AIB Seed Capital Fund managed by DBIC, […]

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Tech Mahindra Opens Centre in Dublin

    Tech Mahindra Opens Centre in Dublin

Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering, opened a Centre of Excellence in Dublin on Monday. The Centre, to be operational in the first quarter of 2017 will be central to Tech Mahindra’s operations in the country and will focus on emerging technologies such as Robotics and Automation, Business Analytics, Cloud […]

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Enterprise Ireland Launch €750,000 Competitive Start Fund

    Enterprise Ireland Launch €750,000 Competitive Start Fund

Enterprise Ireland announced on Thursday a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of up to €750,000 to support start up activity in all sectors. The Fund which provides €50,000 in equity funding for each successful applicant will open for submissions on Wednesday, January 8 and will close at 3pm, Wednesday, February 8.
The Competitive Start Fund provides […]

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GDPR Seminar to be Held in Dublin

    GDPR Seminar to be Held in Dublin

Following the success of their Belfast seminar ‘Will GDPR drive your security strategy in 2017?’  IBM and Ward Solutions will co-host a similar event on Friday, February 10 in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, aimed at setting Irish organisations on the right path towards compliance.
Ward Solutions recently revealed its 2017 cyber […]

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Is your head in the cloud?

    Is your head in the cloud?

Rising material costs, extended supply chains and stricter regulatory controls and food safety standards have put ever increasing demands on the food and beverage industry.
You may begin to wonder what the way forward could be for a food and beverage business looking to keep up with customer satisfaction and regulatory demands, as their business continues […]

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Is EPR Still Hot?

    Is EPR Still Hot?

Business software, accounting, workflow, process management and MRP. There was a time when we’d shout it from the rooftops, but nowadays, we’re less inclined to make that much noise. For some of us, these terms, albeit, part of our lexicon, are enough to make us dizzy, or perhaps even put us to sleep.
It was probably […]

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Pure Telecom Increases Customer Base by 25%

    Pure Telecom Increases Customer Base by 25%

Pure Telecom surpassed the 40,000 customer mark, after adding more than 10,000 new customers in 2016, the company announced on Thursday. The Irish-owned telecoms provider now has 42,500 customers and is aiming to acquire a customer base of 100,000 in the next three years.
The company’s intends to grow through acquisition of other telecommunications companies, competitive […]

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Lean Changeover in Biopharm Facilities: Using a Data Driven Paperless System

    Lean Changeover in Biopharm Facilities: Using a Data Driven Paperless System

The trend in Biopharmaceutical manufacturing is shifting away from large, single-product facilities to smaller-scale, flexible, multiproduct facilities. This in turn is leading to greater equipment changeover efforts between campaigns/batches and associated GMP documentation efforts required to manage and record that all activities have been completed successfully in compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
Manufacturers employ various […]

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Cyber Criminals Predicted to Change Tactics in 2017

    Cyber Criminals Predicted to Change Tactics in 2017

Cyber criminals will change their tactics in 2017 to exploit growing fears of brand damage and escalating fines, according to Ward Solutions, which announced its 2017 cyber security predictions on Tuesday. Criminals are expected to change their ransomware attacks to focus increasingly on acquiring customer data held by organisations and then threatening to disclose these […]

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Social Media Use by Irish Enterprises Second-Highest in the EU

    Social Media Use by Irish Enterprises Second-Highest in the EU

Ireland were recorded as the second-highest users of social media by enterprises in 2016, according to a report released by the CSO on Tuesday. 67% of Irish enterprises employing 10 or more people used some type of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube compared with an EU-28 average of 45%. The use of […]

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Most CFOs Confident About Economic Prospects – PwC

    Most CFOs Confident About Economic Prospects – PwC

Eight out of ten CFOs were confident about prospects for the economy in the year ahead, according to a survey executed in Summer 2016 by PwC. The survey report, released on Wednesday, shows that Irish financial leaders expressed concern about maintaining margins (69%), controlling costs, especially labour costs (44%) and the lack of skilled employees […]

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SIRO to Invest €150 Million in 2017, Supporting 400 Subcontractor Jobs

    SIRO to Invest €150 Million in 2017, Supporting 400 Subcontractor Jobs

SIRO officially opened new offices in Carrickmines, Co. Dublin, on Monday. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who welcomed the creation of 60 new jobs by the company over the past 12 months. The company also announced that it will invest €150 million in its network rollout […]

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LinkedIn Announces 200 New Jobs in Dublin

    LinkedIn Announces 200 New Jobs in Dublin

Career and business social network LinkedIn announced on Tuesday, November 29, that the company will create an additional 200 jobs in Dublin. The announcement coincided with the visit of the company’s CEO, Jeff Weiner, to LinkedIn’s EMEA headquarters where he met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
“At LinkedIn, we’re continuing to invest in the people and infrastructure […]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Supports EU Proposal to Prevent Geo-Blocking

    Minister Mitchell O’Connor Supports EU Proposal to Prevent Geo-Blocking

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor attended a day-long meeting of EU Single Market Ministers in Brussels on Monday, November 28, to support the proposal for an EU Regulation to prevent geo-blocking, the practice whereby consumers are charged different prices on websites based on their nationality or the location from which they […]

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‘Internet of Things’ Implementation Boosts Employee Production by Seven Hours Per Week – Survey

    ‘Internet of Things’ Implementation Boosts Employee Production by Seven Hours Per Week – Survey

A survey conducted by Equinix found that Irish companies that have utilised the “Internet of Things” (IoT) reported a boost in productivity of seven hours per week per employee. The report, released on Thursday, November 24, also found that 89% of financial services companies and 69% of government and public sector bodies do not deploy […]

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Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

    Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

Google began accepting applications from Irish entrepreneurs for its Adopt A Startup programme on Monday, November 21.  The Adopt A Startup programme sees small businesses paired up with Google support teams who will work with them from Google’s Irish headquarters to accelerate their growth. Each Startup will receive 12 weeks hands-on mentoring, access to exclusive […]

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India Trade Mission Sees Partnerships Signed

    India Trade Mission Sees Partnerships Signed

Enterprise Ireland’s Trade Mission to India, led by the Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen, concluded on Sunday, 20th November 2016, having seen multiple partnerships signed between Irish and indian companies. Thirteen Irish companies traveled on the mission to the cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi.
During the mission, Dublin company […]

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CFO Survey Says 69% are Unaware of Key Data Regulations

    CFO Survey Says 69% are Unaware of Key Data Regulations

A research survey conducted by Amárach Research on behalf of BT Ireland found that 69% of CFOs say they are unfamiliar with Privacy Shield, while 63% are oblivious to the requirements or penalties of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
This is in spite of  another finding by the same survey that 45% of CFOs say […]

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Galway Technology Campus to Create 200 IT Jobs

    Galway Technology Campus to Create 200 IT Jobs

US insurance company MetLife announced on Wednesday, November 16, that it would expand its Irish operations by opening a Global Technology Campus in Galway. The Campus, which is expected to open in the first half of 2017, will support 200 skilled IT jobs, according to IDA Ireland.
“Ireland is uniquely positioned to become a leading global […]

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Data Business Survey Says 96% View Ireland Favourably as Investment Destination

    Data Business Survey Says 96% View Ireland Favourably as Investment Destination

A report released by Irish law firm William Fry on Wednesday, 16 November, shows that 96% of survey respondents have a favorable view of Ireland as a data-related investment destination, with 45% of them describing it as excellent. The Europe for Big Data report, created in association with Forbes insights, also said that the European […]

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Dublin-based SaaS company gets snapped up for $13 million

    Dublin-based SaaS company gets snapped up for $13 million

CallidusCloud has announced that it has acquired Datahug Limited, a SaaS predictive forecasting and sales analytics company.
“There are more than 50 million companies in the world. They all want better sales forecasting. Datahug’s unique, patented technology delivers rich, predictive analysis of sales pipelines in a visually stunning way. Being able to better predict the outcomes of […]

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Interview: “Cloud architecture is where the industry is heading in the coming years”

    Interview: “Cloud architecture is where the industry is heading in the coming years”

IndustryandBusiness.ie sat down with Alexander Janssens, head of group cloud propositions at Damovo, to talk about how they’re bringing their IT solutions together in the cloud.
You’ve recently announced that all or some of your most important solutions will all be integrated into the cloud. Why have you chosen to do this?
Damovo is a very customer-centric company; […]

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