The “data cloud” spells enormous opportunity for Ireland. “Innovation Ireland” (the three Irish agencies responsible for developing Ireland’s capability in this area – Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Science Foundation Ireland) have teamed together with the Dublin Web Summit to host a major international event in Dublin entitled “Beyond The Cloud” taking place in the RDS on 27th October.
The cloud computing market is projected to grow to $150bn by 2013 (Gartner). It is estimated that over €7bn is spent on designing and building datacentres across Europe per annum (DCD). Demand for data storage is growing at over 40% per annum. A recent report from Goodbody Economic consultants notes that cloud computing sales by Irish based companies could reach €9.5bn per annum by 2014 and provide up to 8,600 jobs.
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Cloud computing is a key strategic focus for the Irish Government, and is a priority area for development and support. The IDA has ensured that Ireland is leading the way in global cloud computing investment as evident by recent investments by global leaders, who are making Ireland the centre for their cloud computing strategies (Amazon, IBM, Dell, Microsoft, Google, HP).
Irish companies have been behind the design, build and fit-out of these centres and other major international datacentres. 34 of these and other Enterprise Ireland client companies providing innovative solutions to help in the efficient and secure operation of these centres will meet over 100 international buyers invited by Enterprise Ireland to attend the event. These include global heads of Innovation and Technology at both Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bank, and senior decision makers from Telefonica, BT France, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, H&M and Mail.RU (Russia’s largest Internet Provider).
Key to the development of new cloud computing technologies is the presence of a supportive R&D collaborative environment and the development of innovative technologies underpinning the sector driven by Science Foundation Ireland researchers.
This unique ecosystem of multinational and indigenous expertise combined with significant research spend is helping to position Ireland as a leader in cloud and datacentre capability. “Beyond The Cloud” enables Ireland to further extend international recognition and position Ireland as a centre of excellence in this area: details of topics and speakers are available at http://www.dublinwebsummit.com/schedule#5. For more updates, keep an eye on #beyondthecloud on Twitter.
This is a guest post from Karl Flannery, current chair of the Irish Software Association, and MD of Storm Technologies.
Having successfully launched the Post-graduate diploma in Product Management with DIT & Software Skillnet, the ISA team is now busily preparing for the Software Industry Awards 2011. This for me has to be one of the key industry events of the year. I find it is a great time to catch up with fellow colleagues in the industry who I don’t get a chance to meet from end one of the year to the next. This industry changes so fast, there is always a lot to talk about!
Tickets are limited, Get them here.
Irish Software Association Industry Awards 2011
Celebrate this year’s best technology companies, people, products and services at the ISA Annual Awards ceremony and gala dinner. Previous winners who have gone on to enjoy great success include Changing Worlds, Havok & Openet.
This is an unparalleled networking event for the digital technology & software sector and the place to showcase your companies achievements with an anticipated audience of over 400 senior industry executives as well as leading investors and analysts.
The Award categories will include:
- Company of the Year
- Emerging Software Business of the Year
- Technology Software Start up of the Year
- Sales Achievement of the Year
- Technical Innovation of the Year
- Collaboration of the Year
- Corporate Social Responsibility Software Business of the Year
- Student Award for the Most Commercially Viable Software.
I look forward to seeing you there.
This is a guest post from Dave Feenan who is a key promoter of the CloudArena Group. Find out more on the CloudArena LinkedIn group.
We are all used to the saying “Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink”. Change the word “Water to Data” and do we now have “Data Data everywhere but not a byte makes sense”.
The explosion in the increase of data is becoming one of the top challenges for organisations. Historically this increase was viewed as a requirement for additional storage and backup infrastructure. Today thanks to the availability of web-enabled devices, Business Intelligence and Analytics are now a defacto requirement. Gone are the days of yesterday’s spreadsheets and reports to be replaced by modern Dashboard and Real-Time Data access. Business owners and line managers need access to accurate Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Metrics to enable appropriate decision making. It is not just businesses that are availing of BI. Smart meters will soon arrive into our homes and look at the level of information now provided when you watch live sport on TV.
On Wednesday 19th October, CloudArena will host a free to attend BI and Analytics seminar to discuss this topic. IBM, one of the many organisations taking part, will talk about how they deployed technology to enhance the audience’s real-time engagement at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Microsoft, Fujitsu, Cloud Consulting, Staff Balance and Enterprise Ireland backed companies, Jlizard and Treemetrics will all elaborate on how BI is a game changing advantage for us all.
What can BI do for your organisation? You do not want you to get left behind and to be told “Game, Set and Match” to your competitors by your customers.
This event is part of the Innovation Dublin 2011 Festival.To register www.cloud-arena.com
This is a guest post from Conor Cahill who uses Drupal to make people friendly and search engine friendly websites.
What do the White House, Oxfam International and Bob Dylan have in common?
All have noteworthy websites built with Drupal – an open source content management platform which powers millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
DrupalCamp Derry is geared to both beginners and those experienced in using and developing Drupal – with a view to learning about and sharing knowledge of Drupal.
Experienced developers will enjoy lightning talks on topics including responsive design and development best practice, as well as practical problem solving discussions. Beginners will enjoy a 3 hour training session in getting started with Drupal.
The conference is free.
Register your place at DrupalCamp Derry at www.drupalcampireland.org.
Graduates for International Growth applications (for companies) close in less than one week, so get your application in now. Here’s a reminder of what G4IG is about for companies;
Graduates 4 International Growth assists companies with ambitious growth plans in key markets to acquire a graduate market research resource and possible future business development capability.
Companies create one or more entry level graduate market researcher position(s). Graduate market researchers will work overseas for 12 months to complete a project related to companies’ growth plans. Prior to the overseas placement, Graduates will spend 6 months in Ireland. During this initial induction period Graduates will attend 18 days of skills modules while working with companies.
This is the 3rd time we’ve opened G4IG up to companies, and there a two questions that I’m often asked;
- Graduates often have several years experience before , after and during their degree. I’m always impressed by the quality and volume of CV’s that we recieve. We help with screening, and will shortlist candidates (you choose how many, and skills required).
- As a company, the projects getting the best results are ones where you already have an intrastructure in the target market. This can be your own office, of using a partner to ‘host’ the graduate.
If you don’t believe the good things we’re saying about G4IG, check out what the companies and graduates say about G4IG in this video.
Information and Application Details for Companies
If you are a company interested in learning more about Graduates 4 International Growth, go to Graduates 4 International Growth (G4IG) Company Information.
Information and Application Details for Graduates
If you are a graduate interested in opportunities available through Graduates 4 International Growth, go to G4IG Information and Application Details for Graduates
Over the last 2 years 29 companies, 58 promoters have completed iGAP. We in Enterprise Ireland believe that IGAP is a brilliant and innovative internet start up programme. More importantly so do the participants…..
In an Internet based startup? You should apply for iGAP.
Ronan Skehill co-founder of Cauwill. www.cauwill.com
“I know many such management training and incubation programmes exist, we were on LEAP which was good for us at the time, but iGAP is different because it focuses specifically on the needs of internet businesses. Over a period of seven months, six modules were led by international lean start-up and customer development experts such as Eric Ries, Scott Rafer, Paul O’Dea , Justin Knecth, Sean Ellis and Oren Michels .Over the programme they addressed issues such as lean startup theory, product market fit, monetisation strategies, internet customer acquisition, business development using APIs, etc. Here is a quick synopsis of the content covered by the speakers………http://www.ronanskehill.com/2011/02/05/in-a-startup-you-should-apply-for-igap/#comments
In a Games based startup? You should apply for iGAP.
Steven Collins, Swrve, www.swrve.com
“The iGAP program is an excellent opportunity to both network with a peer group of companies all experiencing many of the same challenges as you, and to hear from some of the world’s leading speakers on building companies and products. The speaker lineup was second to none, with lots of opportunities for interaction and feedback and to build connections. The program itself is very well structured, with lectures, group sessions and mentors and a great curriculum. It presented me with the perfect opportunity to reflect on my own startup and to put the spotlight on our processes for customer discovery, product design and business strategy. I can’t recommend the IGAP program highly enough to anybody building an internet or games industry company and lucky enough to be offered a place.
In a Business 2 Business internet startup? You should apply for iGAP.
Connor Murphy, Datahug, www.datahug.com
“iGAP is one word…. ‘mandatory’. If you want to accelerate your web business and compete globally then you NEED to be on iGAP. If you want to learn from Silicon Valley insiders and world class thought leaders then you NEED to be on iGAP. If you want to collaborate and learn from a brilliant peer group then you NEED to be on iGAP.”
Ronan Perceval http: www.phorest.com
“The really great benefit for me has been the other companies taking part. We were a bit concerned because our company has been in business for longer, but actually the start-up companies on iGap has given us a new lease of life. We’ve started thinking more like a start up again and that’s given us a real focus. That alone has been great.
Hopefully we’ve been able to share some stuff back with other people on the programme as well.
One of the big benefits of iGap has shown in our marketing. I think it’s much more focused now. It’s the first year we have a proper marketing plan, and we’re analyzing the metrics so we’ll actually know for sure what’s working and what’s not.
All in all I think iGap is the best programme Enterprise Ireland has done. Why? Because it’s all practical. They seminar leaders are all guys who have done it.”
Brian Caulfield was the Programme Lead for the iGAP1/2.
“I have spent the last eight years as a venture capital and angel investor in technology companies. Prior to that, I was a technology entrepreneur for ten years. In those 18 years working in and with start-up companies I have become convinced that many entrepreneurs fail simply because they don’t have a clear vision of what their business really is…who their customers are; what their proposition for those customers is; how they are going to reach those customers; how they will make money from those customers. In a nutshell, they don’t have a clear strategy.
Getting to that clarity is essential for every business. That clarity enables you to prioritise tasks amidst the chaos of a start-up. It enables you to focus the team on what’s important. It enables you to articulate a clear and, hopefully, compelling investment opportunity to potential funders of the business.
Get your application in today! Online applications close on Friday 9th of September
This is a guest post from Amy Neale, Programme Manager at National Digital Research Centre (NDRC).
The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) team is seeking companies with a passion for innovation to work together on joint venture projects with research partners, through our Catalyser investment programme.
Do you know of companies with a great idea for innovative digital products? The NDRC team is looking to support and invest in strong research-led ideas to create digital products and services.
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Through Catalyser, NDRC invests in good ideas, provides neutral spaces, and commits commercial expertise to create value from research. For details of what we offer, who we look for, what the program feels like, and how companies and researchers can join us, visit the website www.ndrc.ie/catalyser or email email@example.com to make contact with one of the team.
An example of an NDRC Catalyser joint venture:
Sean O’Sullivan, CEO Rococo Software Ltd, worked with NDRC and UCD to develop the LocalSocial platform. Sean said “With NDRC’s investment and expertise we were able to combine our deep market knowledge with an R&D concept to create an original export-driven product. We are now marketing the LocalSocial proximity platform, and have been able to target this at an international market based on a unique approach that NDRC enabled us to develop”
LocalSocial is a Proximity Service that enables developers to quickly and easily add proximity functionality to their applications and services. LocalSocial also gives end users of applications a simple way to manage and control how they interact with proximity-enabled applications, and to control and share information about themselves when they come in to contact with other people and businesses.
For more information on LocalSocial visit www.mylocalsocial.com
This is a guest post by Brendan Binchy of ROCG, who spoke on corporate structure and strategy at two recent EI events. Here , Brendan talks about the impact of the recent Irish budget will have on the structure of your business.
The last budget heralded in a new business environment that will evolve and crystallise over the next few years. Like most significant change events many will only become aware of the changes when their own enterprise is impacted (or even compromised!) in some way by what has become a new or different business norm.
In my view a real point of strategic inflection occurred when the gap between personal taxes and corporate taxes widened, in that budget, to such a significant extent that when married to the more punitive restrictions imposed on corporate cash extraction through pension funding, it has heralded in an era where the incorporated entity has become ‘king’. Putting the low corporate taxation rate to one side, the Ireland of the past was dominated by tax breaks and reliefs which were largely focused on benefitting the individual rather than the incorporated entities right across the continuum that ranged from pensions to property reliefs.
In a period when credit was freely available this often meant that many investments and arrangement were made personally by individuals but were interwoven in some way with the incorporated business. Just fine when the economy and business is booming but not so good when both constrict – many a corporate nest is now looking for some of the golden eggs to be returned to the laying hen only to find they are too tarnished to be of any use!
So how will the new era of Corporate emphasis manifest ? Well watch out for some of the following indicators:
As Michael Caine might say – not many people know this! According to a recent TechCocktail report Ireland has three of the top eight start-up accelerators in Europe – despite having less than one per cent of the European population.I reckon this is an important piece of news that needs to be put out there, particularly in the context of private sector funding sources for start-ups and early stage companies.
Another snippet of information I picked up recently is that in the past few years over 35 overseas VCs have invested in Irish start-ups and/or early stage companies. Apparently, these VCs find the quality of the start-ups, the advantages of the country’s business and tax environment and our proximity to the main European VC centres extremely appealing. As you know by this stage, Enterprise Ireland has goodrelationships with many of these VCs and is, therefore, in a good position to to arrange introductions.
I think this is one of the many good news stories about Ireland that we really need to tell people about, especially people looking for a good start up location.
Any ideas on how best to do that? Thoughts and feedback welcome