An interview with Leo Clancy, Head of Technology, Consumer and Business Services at IDA Ireland
IDA Ireland has been encouraging foreign direct investment into the country for more than 70 years. Leo Clancy oversees 40% of its investor portfolio, including the likes of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Prepaid card provider Soldo, discusses how IDA Ireland supports multinational investment throughout the country and the knock-on benefits for the local business ecosystem
The potential business benefits of Remote Working have been acknowledged for some time – enhancing the ability to attract and retain top talent, contributing to a more contented and productive team, and lowering the cost base. Remote working can contribute to regional development through sustainable rural communities, while also addressing inclusion and diversity in workforces by removing some barriers to work. It also offers companies and employees the opportunity to focus on output rather than attendance, while building resilience and business continuity.
The enticement of a relatively wealthy market of 500 million consumers often makes opening a European office one of the earlier expansion steps for American technology companies. However, there are right and wrong ways to establish a European operation, with fostering the right culture a key aspect that will significantly impact the hoped-for financial contributions.
IDA Ireland has reached 100,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Initially set up in 2010, the first month of 2020 has seen the page reach the milestone of 100,000 followers. Thanks to all our followers for engaging with us.
Companies across a diverse range of industries are using artificial intelligence to streamline data management and analytics, gain a competitive edge and find new ways to drive growth. As more companies look to capitalize on AI technologies for their data-driven decision making, there’s a demand by businesses to find ways to avail themselves of AI quickly and cost effectively. AI is starting to emerge as a service, and I see 2020 being the year that AI as a Service (AIaaS) explodes onto the market.
In a recent report published by Accenture, entitled Does Digital leadership in Banking really matter?, links were established between the digital maturity of a bank and its market valuation. The essence of the argument is that banks who successfully digitalise their data enjoy greater efficiencies that lead to lower costs as a percentage of revenue, which leads to a higher market valuation. Increasingly, banks and other financial services firms are turning to blockchain technology as a means of storing and transferring data in order to increase transparency, lower costs and accelerate the speed at which it is transferred.
As Brexit approaches, uncertainty continues to surround the potential exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. While there are far reaching implications, taxes and trading systems are just two considerations that will impact American chip and system engineers and their employers. The situation is complex and becomes more challenging as each day passes. Strong trade bonds tie Europe and the US - data from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative shows that the EU/US bilateral trade flow is the biggest in the world, far bigger than that between the US and China. In 2018, the U.S. imported $683.9 billion of EU goods compared with $557.9 imported from China. U.S. exports reached $574.5 billion to Europe while only $179.2 billion was imported to China. Trade with the UK is significant, the U.S. accounted for 19% of U.K. exports and 11% of imports.
For two and a half days, between May 24-26, Girls in Tech Dublin put together the first women in tech hackathon in Ireland! Hacking for Humanity was a monumental and historic moment for women.
Entries for the 2019 Invest in Ireland Awards are now open
In the restaurant business, technology is fast becoming key to delivering superior service for customers, and this has propelled Boston-based Toast to revenue growth of 148 per cent during 2018.
Every company that wants to grow will reach a point where it needs to expand into new markets. Doing it right means setting up operations closer to those customers.
It’s a big step, but it’s one that many others have taken before. For this blog, we spoke to senior leaders at leading tech companies that expanded into Ireland. They shared their advice on getting a fast and frictionless start, with five practical tips for others planning to grow their business internationally.
Many American biopharma companies already have operations in Europe and this region with its population of 550 million people can provide some advantages over exclusively domestic CGT programs for various reasons.
How can U.S. enterprise security professionals learn from their Irish colleagues to fill cybersecurity roles?
In late May, Ireland will become a hive of blockchain activity. Over seven days, events will bring together entrepreneurs, developers, corporate leaders, regulators and government services for a series of talks, workshops, networking opportunities, a hackathon, culminating in a meeting of the ISO TC307 group that will discuss standards around the emerging technology.
Trust is a bedrock attribute when it comes to the food supply. Consumers want to know that the provenance and safety of their food can be assured, which has opened the door in the agricultural world to the heralded, 21st-century technology of blockchain. Initially created to enable cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, this distributed ledger software technology has been embraced by the financial services industry as well as in other safety-conscious arenas such as healthcare, insurance and more.
Even by the hyper-growth standards of the technology industry, Park Place Technologies stands out for its rapid recent rise. Last year, the company had its sixth successive ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of the USA’s fastest-growing private companies. In the past 18 months, it closed 10 acquisitions spanning Latin America, Asia and Europe.
The U.S. healthcare industry, while expanding rapidly, is also saddled with challenges including spiraling patient care costs, growing R&D expenditure, the ongoing struggle of finding well-trained workers and – the bane of the massive healthcare IT sector – the increasing demand for privacy given all the information now being gathered electronically. Underpinning this situation is the expanding role that technology is playing in improving patient outcomes and overall efficiency, which means rapid demand for not just innovative solutions but the tech-savvy personnel needed to create and operate them.
The mission of IDA Ireland has been constant, since its foundation by the government of the day in 1949—to promote the growth and development of industry in Ireland. In the early years of the Irish Republic, the economy was inward-looking, with high tariffs on imported goods, a strategic focus on indigenous industry and limited export trade.
What’s happening in Sligo right now proves that it’s possible to achieve work-life balance without compromising on a career. That’s what more than 320 people discovered on the journey there by train from Connolly Station Dublin to a careers fair dubbed ‘Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way’.
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