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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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.
MathWorks today announced accelerated growth in its Ireland office, as it looks to fill over 20 current job openings. Established in Galway in late 2016, MathWorks Ireland also expects to fill 65 additional jobs in 2019.
ReliaQuest, today announced the grand opening of their 1st office location outside of the United States in Leopardstown, Dublin. Founded in 2007, ReliaQuest today employs over 300 staff across its 3 office locations in Tampa, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Dublin, Ireland. ReliaQuest plans to create 100 new jobs in their Dublin office over the next 3 years. These jobs will mainly be within their Security Operations Centre, consisting of security engineers, analysts and content developers.
Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity solutions for government, announced today the opening of its Dublin office and plans to double the company’s current Ireland workforce.
INIT, a world-leading supplier of intelligent transport systems, celebrated the opening of its new software development centre in Maynooth, Co. Kildare today. Currently, a team of eight employees is working on the software for INIT’s ticketing systems as well as for field devices. Future plans include the provision of up to 20 additional high-skilled jobs in the areas of software development, in C++ and C#. The celebration marks the company’s first operations centre outside Germany.
The impending exit of the UK from the European Union has set off deep ripples that are being felt in many directions. With less than 6 months to go until Brexit; it’s looking like it could mean potential disruption for US Tech companies doing business in the EU in 2019. Despite the current Brexit anxiety and changing political situation, US firms still need to craft a game plan for whatever the relationship between the EU and UK will look like in 2019 and beyond. With that in mind, here are some key issues to consider for U.S. companies that are worried about their European business in 2019.
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Microsoft today announced that it is increasing its presence in Ireland through the creation of 200 highly skilled jobs across the company’s business units at its campus at One Microsoft Place. 100 of the roles are on the innovative engineering team which is working to support the development of new and emerging technology solutions, such as AI, for customers across the globe. Once this new wave of recruitment is complete, it will bring the total numbers employed by the company in Ireland to 2,200.
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering high-quality assets, tools and services through its creative platform, today announced the launch of its Dublin office with the intent to initially hire 40 professionals including engineering roles, and to potentially grow the team further over the coming years. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence, officially opened its new offices at Riverstone House, Henry Street, in Limerick city centre yesterday, Monday 11th of June. Originally announced in October of 2017, STATS aims to employ more than 150 full and part-time staff in Limerick by 2020, making it the largest sports technology business in Ireland.
Dublin, Tuesday 13th February 2017 – Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD joined CEO of Autodesk Andrew Anagnost today to announce the opening of a major new site for the company in Dublin. Autodesk, the global leader in design software, will initially hire 200 people in finance, operations, localisation and sales operations by the end of this year to support its EMEA business.
Autodesk is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
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