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
This is a guest post from John Caulfield, Solutions Director Oracle Ireland and member of the Irish Software Association (ISA) Executive Council. This is the latest in the series of Irish Software Association and Techbrew events that EI is proud to be associated with.
As a compliment to the work that EI and the ISA have done in helping software companies use partners to win export sales, we’re focusing the next TechBrew (Thurs 9th February @ 7.00pm) on the area. Held at 4 Dame Lane Dublin 2, TechBrew is an informal gathering of software company management and technology leaders, getting together to chat over a bite and a beer.
In between the networking and beers we’ll cover “Partnering—Is it the fastest and cheapest entry to new markets or does it ultimately cost more?”. Talk to your peers to talk about the best route to market. Find out if you are willing to sacrifice control for coverage. See how you can expand your existing markets, what models work best and identify the best partners options for different markets, and how to managing the channel. Hear practical advice, successes and pitfalls, from those who have gone before you, shared in an informal learning environment.
Confirmed to speak:
- Donagh Kiernan, Founder and CEO, Tenego Partnering, driving international sales for high growth technology companies, through partnering. Donagh helps high growth technology companies drive international sales, through partnering. He focuisses on making current partners effective and securing new partners that are ‘best-fit’ to sell products or services in identified target markets.
If you have some practical experience to offer yourself, why not take ten minutes to share your experiences on the night.
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 Edel Creely, Managing Director of Trilogy Technology, and chair of the Irish Software Associations Product Managment Working Group. Product Management is one of the things that successful exporters do ‘right’, but is too often a gap in Irsh company skillsets.
What makes Apple products from the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad so successful? Great user experience, great attention to detail, great engineering? Certainly. But without great Product Mangement focussing the 49,000 people that work at Apple on ‘Who is going to buy / use this product?’, Apple would risk going the way of HP.
Traditionally, Irish Software and Technology companies haven’t been great at Product Management. Which is a problem, given that we’re depending on their export sales to bring the Irish Economy back to growth.
To try and solve this problem, the Irish Software Association Product Management Group, working with the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Software Skillnet, have put together the Postgraduate Diploma in Product Management – Software and Technology Sectors (pdf). Even better, because of the special grant from Skillnets (under the Future Skills Needs Programme), participants will receive 50% grant aid towards the course fees.
The Diploma launches at Dublin IBEC Offices, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street tomorrow (Thursday Sept 16) at 6pm. The seminar will focus on an overview of the programme contents, as well as the programme’s primary modules, how the diploma will lead to a Masters Degree, practical assignments and assessment, entry requirements and the application process.To book a place at the information seminar email Susan[at]softwareskillnet.com or phone Susan at 086-8067200.
Applications for the Diploma close Friday 23rd September; The number of grant-aided spaces are limited so best to get your application in as soon as possible. Applications and programme brochure are available on the Software Skillnet website.