As the world’s second largest software exporter, Ireland is recognised internationally as a leading location for companies in the Software sector. Sixteen out of the top 20 global technology firms have strategic operations in Ireland, including Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook.
Ireland’s reputation as a centre of Software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to over 900 Software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms, employing 24,000 people and generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sector’s wide-ranging activities include Software Development, R&D, Business Services and EMEA/International headquarters.
Ireland’s young, highly skilled, flexible workforce has fuelled the rapid growth of the country’s Software sector. This has been underwritten by extensive investment by the State in education and research. Ireland now proudly boasts the third highest proportion of maths, science and computer graduates in the 20-29 age group in the EU.
Increased investment by the Irish government in R&D in both industry and third-level institutions has seen the establishment of world-class software research centres to offer state-of-the-art capability and resources.
Ireland’s geographic location, membership of the EU and the fact it is the only English-speaking member of the Eurozone provides a highly attractive proposition for multinational firms. It also enjoys incredibly close ties with the US thanks to the strong influence of the Irish Diaspora throughout America.
Almost every globally recognised Software company has a base in Ireland. This has not only catapulted Ireland to being one of the major global players in the Software sector, but has created a deep pool of talent that has turned Ireland into a hotbed for indigenous firms.
The activities of Software companies located in Ireland vary greatly from Development to Business Services (multilingual customer/technical support, financial shared services and supply chain management). Many larger organisations also locate their EMEA/International headquarters in Ireland. Sales, marketing, localisation, data hosting and IP management are also important activities.
Even though the activities of firms located in Ireland are wide-ranging, the sector has developed high levels of expertise in an array of specialist areas, such as Telecommunications, Digital Media and E-Learning. This expertise is harnessed and focused through skill-based networks where companies exchange knowledge and know-how, and have access to cutting-edge university-based R&D.
Corporate R&D activity is supported by world-class software research centres, established by Science Foundation Ireland and supported by the Irish Government.
Based at University of Limerick, The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (LERO) focuses on developing new techniques to allow software to enhance itself automatically, without risk to its performance, reliability or security. Its industry partners include IBM, HP, Toyota, Oracle, Boston Scientific, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens and Motorola.
The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. It is ranked among the top institutions in Europe with regards to Future Internet Research (seen as being on a par with the research centres of Nokia, Ericsson, FhG FOKUS). Industry partners actively engaged with TSSG include Nokia, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent – as well as a range of Tier 1 operators.
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Toast, the fastest-growing restaurant manager platform in the U.S., today launched the opening of its new office in Dublin and officially announced plans to grow its headcount by adding 120 new roles focused on new product development for the company. The Irish site is the company’s first International Technology and Product development centre globally and was first established in 2017. Since then, the team has grown to over 40 staff members across engineering, development and support roles.
Deem, a leading mobile and cloud software technology provider, today announced that it will create 50 highly skilled jobs at a new European Innovation Centre in Dublin. Deem’s expansion into Europe is part of a bold growth strategy that will see the company doubling its workforce around the world, including at its headquarters in San Francisco.
Today marks the official launch of the Irish Cyber Security Cluster, Cyber Ireland, which took place at Cork County Hall and was officiated by Minister David Stanton. The Cyber Security cluster organisation, which is backed by IDA Ireland, brings together industry, academia and government to represent the needs of the sector and aims to enhance the innovation, growth and competitiveness of the companies and organisations in this nationwide cluster.
EcoOnline today announced the official opening of a new 7,000 square ft office in Limerick, doubling its office space in an ongoing commitment to innovation and growth in the Irish and UK market.
LogMeIn Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based connectivity and recognized as one of the world’s 10 largest public Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, today announced that the company has officially opened its new international headquarters in the Reflector Building, Grand Canal Dock. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Markforged, a leading manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, today announced the opening of its first official European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, part of the company’s planned global expansion for 2019. Markforged is opening its new European headquarters with the support of the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Dassault Systèmes opened their new office in Phoenix House, Monahan Road, Cork today. The French Ambassador H.E. Stéphane Crouzat presided over the opening ceremony with Simon Coveney, Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork City Council, with many members of the French and Irish business communities in attendance.
Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today moved to its permanent office for its Center of Excellence in Cork, Ireland. The investment, supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, continues to focus on new product development in the cloud and endpoint cybersecurity technology space.
Assystem Technologies and its affiliates relaunch under a new brand. 18 months after taking over the operations of Assystem SA’s Global Product Solutions division, and following a series of acquisitions in 2018 including SQS - an industry leading quality partner for digital business with a 500 people-strong presence in Ireland, the organisation becomes Expleo.
Salesforce announced that it is to add 1,500 jobs over five years and expand its investment in Ireland into Dublin city centre. The company will establish ‘Salesforce Tower’ an urban campus of four interconnected buildings located on North Wall Quay within Dublin’s vibrant Silicon Docks.
ThousandEyes, the network intelligence company that provides visibility into the Internet, cloud and every network that companies run on, announced the company’s expansion into Ireland with the opening of a sales and services office in Dublin.
An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland.
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