Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Finance are hosting the World Bank / IFC in Dublin next Tuesday 19 June for a Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets seminar. The focus of this event is investment and procurement opportunities within the World Bank group of organisations.
The event will be held on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 08.30h to 17.30h in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2 and will be opened by the Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan TD.
This seminar will be of interest to companies who are interested to learn more about:
- Emerging market trends and opportunities
- The World Bank Group
- Introduction to the IFC – its role, objectives, value proposition, financial products and services
- The role of MIGA
- How Enterprise Ireland, IFC and MIGA can support Irish companies in the emerging markets
- Procurement opportunities at the World Bank Group
There is no charge for this event; registration is on-line at https://www.eventsforce.net/enterpriseireland/493/register
ICT is the focus of one of the parallel sessions at 13.30. Jennifer Condon (Divisional Manager, International Traded Services & Software) is facilitating and presenting sector profile & EI supports at this session.
08:15 Registration and Coffee
08:50 Opening Remarks, Department of Finance
09:00 Key Note Address: Opportunities for Investment and Growth in Global Markets, Mr Michael Noonan, TD, Minister for Finance
09:15 Welcoming remarks, World Bank
09:30 Trends and opportunities in Emerging Markets, IFC
10:15 Introducing the IFC
11:30 The Role of MIGA
12:15 Enterprise Ireland
13:30 Parallel Break-out Sessions (Opportunities in the ICT sector/Agri-business sector/Energy sector)
15:00 Parallel Break-out Sessions (Procurement Opportunities with the World Bank Group / Opportunities in Africa / Opportunities inAsia
For further information, please contact Evelyn Smith (01) 727 2717
We’ve covered Open Data Development before, but with the next ISA workshop, Open Data is moving into the mainstream . It has the potential to spur the development of mobile apps, software products and services – not just for the Ireland, but designed for the European and global markets. It has the potential to drive efficiencies and cost-savings for central and local Government.
The Irish Software Association’s Public Procurement working group will hold its second workshop on Open Data on Feb 28th in IBEC 84/86 Lower Baggot st, Dublin11am – 2pm. If you are interested in attending, please register via www.software.ie/events or contact Patricia.Keogh@ibec.ie , 01-6051582 .
Open Data is the second of six workshops set to take place over the coming months. The ISA Public Procurement working group has met with senior technology specialists at CMOD, Revenue, Agriculture, Social Protection and LMS (formerly LGCSB) to identify the key ICT requirements within the public sector and to investigate ways of improving pre-market engagement with local suppliers. The specialists identified 6 areas of technology, which are of particular interest to them, which form the basis of the ISA’s planned Public Procurement workshop series taking place in Dublin over the coming months.
||Opening Address & Introductions
Chairman of the ISA Public Procurement Working Group
|11:10 – 11:35am
||Dublin Region’s DUBlinked initiative
How businesses can benefit from Dublinked’s
Open Data initiative.
Assistant Head of IT,
Fingal County Council
|11:40 – 12:00am
||Case Study: Nathean Technologies
||Case Study: Placr, UK
|12:30 – 1:15pm
Chaired by: Tim Willoughby, LGMA
Panellist: Jonathan Raper, Placr
Panellist: Ciaran Gilsenan, Mypp Media
Panellist: Maurice Lynch, Nathean Technologies
Panellist: Ronan Farrell, NUI Maynooth
Panellist: Dominic Byrne, Fingal County Council
||Networking & Tea/Coffee
The GTEC Conference attracts the key IT decision makers from all the Canadian Federal, Regional and local governments. The 2011 Conference stretches over 4 days, alongside a major exhibition of technology products and services.
For the first time, Enterprise Ireland is at GTEC. Along with the rest of the EI Toronto office, I’m looking forward to hosting six leading Irish technology companies at an ‘Innovation Ireland’ stand. As well as the stand, PR activities and setting up key one to one meetings, The Irish Ambassador to Canada, Ray Basset will also host a networking event on the evening of the 18th, inviting influencers within the government and public sector to meet with the Irish companies.
- pTools delivers powerful enterprise web content management solutions that enable their customers to generate and grow rich online websites, intranets and extranets. pTools software solutions are currently deployed across Government Departments (Ireland & UK), Local Council Authorities, Government & Health Service Providers. pTools have a local North American manager in Toronto.
- NetFort’s LANGuardian product is software that analyzes your network traffic. LANGuardian gives a unique level of visibility into everything that is happening on your network, including user activity, file and database monitoring, intrusion detection, bandwidth usage, and Internet access. Netfort has a North American manager based in Canada. They have sold their products into the public sector in Ireland, UK and Australia.
- Daonprovide an open software platform that enables governments and large service providers manage the biometric and biographic identities of its citizens, visitors, employees and criminals. Applications include areas such as immigration, border management, critical infrastructure protection, background checking and citizen identity schemes. 4 of the top 6 border management systems in the world have deployed or are in the process of employing Daon’s platform (Japan, UK e-Borders, US-VISIT, European Union Biometric Matching System – Visa Information System).
- iQuate has developed iQSonar; a powerful discovery platform built to handle highly complex infrastructure. Deployed agentlessly across the largest and most challenging of networks with multiple platforms, protocols, devices and applications, it delivers visibility of all physical, virtual and cloud-based assets, thanks to its extensive technical breadth and depth. They are a certified Oracle partner. In Canada they work with Softchoice and OnX.
- Spanish Point Technologies is an innovative software company working with Microsoft technologies to provide business systems which remove complexity, increase productivity and connect users to critical business information. They employ technologies such as SharePoint, Microsoft Office, BizTalk, SQL Server and LookupPoint™ to build great solutions.
- FlexTime is an Irish company that designs and implements software solutions for all types of issues related to time in the workplace and in the classroom. Flextime has clients across healthcare, financial services, education and construction in Ireland, UK and Holland. Clients incluye Irish government departments and local authorities in the UK.
This is a guest post from Michael O’Brien, Head of Marketing at EI client Celtrino.
What I love most about working in Celtrino, and the software sector in general, is that nothing stands still. We’re only back from exhibiting at Microsoft’s World Partner Conference in LA, and already we’re announcing our next step; an investment of close to €1million to develop our next generation of Smart Admin eInvoicing services on Microsoft’s Azure platform.
Our development, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is driven in part by the natural evolution of the technology as Celtrino has been a provider of SaaS based solutions in the cloud since the turn of 2000, but this announcement also heralds our overseas expansion and will enable a broader international customer base to access services such as e-invoicing and e-payments at a fraction of the cost in the today’s market.
This pure software-as-a-service play will position Celtrino for rapid global growth and is key to our overseas plan; it will enable a broader international customer base to reduce their trading costs by leveraging Celtrino’s supply chain information management and business process automation expertise.
I warmly recognise the role Enterprise Ireland have played in assisting Celtrino transition through the various stages of planning to executing an overseas marketing and sales strategy. Enterprise Ireland’s marketing intelligence and unique personal and industry relationships are invaluable in forging strong relationships with potential customers.
The Forum on Public Procurement in Ireland (FPP) is hosting its annual conference in Dublin on Wednesday May 25th. The conference, which will be chaired by Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will gather key players in public procurement along with private sector expertise. The aim of the conference is to maximise the value for money achieved for expenditure on public procurement at national level, while also accommodating the requirement of Irish suppliers in an open and competitive market.
The one-day conference takes place at the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin 2. Registration commences at 9am; included in the morning session are the conference’s Keynote Address by Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, a talk (Growth through Procurement) by Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland, and a Q&A segment. After lunch, there will be a series of Breakout Sessions, followed by the Chairman’s Summary at 5pm.
Those interested in attending should contact Breda Byrne, Forum on Public Procurement in Ireland, 01-4020810 or by email at email@example.com. You can also register to attend directly by visiting the FPP website.
Just a short note this morning: the date and venue for the Public Sector Sales Enablement Programme have been changed. The training session will now take place on the 19th/20th of April 2011, in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin 4.
Aimed at assisting Irish software SME’s access the lucrative public contracts market, which is worth in the region of €16 billion per annum, the training programme costs just €475 for the two days. Full details are available on the Irish Software Association website.
This is a guest post by Roy Scannell, formerly of EI’s Public Procurement Team, now working for the Go-2-Tender Programme.
What is Go-2-Tender?
Go-2-Tender is a programme that is essential for anyone who is currently or is interested in selling to the Public Sector in the future. It encompasses a two day training course with up to 3 days of free mentoring sessions post the course which really has a very strong positive impact on their tendering success rates.
For example last year’s graduates have posted an achievement of €7m of contracts won since the programme series ran with the most recent happening in November. Go-2-Tender is Ireland’s most developed and preeminent ‘doing business with the public sector’ up-skilling programme.
For the full programme of events including our next programme in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on the 13th and 27th of April click here.
This time around we have a few more strings to our ‘tendering’ bow with the roll out of our ramped up online offering which is complimentary to the training programme and mentoring. It includes:
- A free iPhone App with a live stream of cross border opportunities and a bid / no bid decision maker; which you can access if you click here
- A partner finding service
- Web forum
- Course materials
- A public sector directory
- Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook networking groups (These are only open to Go-2-Tender graduates)
Cost and Booking (more…)
The Irish Software Association (ISA), in association with the ISA Software Skillnet, recently launched a new two day training programme entitled ‘Public Sector Sales Enablement’. The programme is aimed at assisting software SME’s access the lucrative public contracts market, which is worth in the region of €16 billion per annum.
Revolving around a series of training courses and themed workshops, the programme will help participants gain knowledge of public sector contract bidding. The primary elements of the programme include imparting a proven sales process that presents insight on the intricacies of public sector selling, providing access to key technical architects in the public sector, and featuring a case study by a winner, a loser and a decision maker of a recent public sector tender.
The ISA has worked with a number of Government departments to assess which technologies they may be utilising within the next five years. The information gained from these meetings will only be provided at the training programme. These themed workshops thereafter will aim to introduce companies to the key architects in the departments. This information can then be utilised by software companies, who can begin to put the resources in place for future tenders.
The two day course will be held in the IBEC offices, Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, March 9th/10th. The first day of the training is aimed at assisting software companies develop their own sales process for those that are not particularly sales aware. The second day adapts the process and focuses specifically on Government selling.
The cost of the course is €475 per participant for the two days for private enterprises. Non members of the ISA can also avail of this price. For more detailed information on the course please click here. To book a place, please contact Susan Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org.