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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.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that Barclays has received regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Ireland for the bank’s enlarged Irish operation and the expansion of its licensed pan-European activity, encompassing corporate and investment banking, wealth management and card services.
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.
Move to new, larger premises in Waterford signals company’s plans to develop a flagship facility to spearhead its activities in Ireland and worldwide
New fast landing service to provide collaborative work environment
IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region.
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.
Leading Australian travel insurer, World Nomads Group (WNG), today announced the launch of its European operations and headquarters in Cork to support its international expansion strategy. The new Cork-based operation will directly manage the company’s European travel insurance business with the establishment of a Managing General Agency (MGA) in Ireland.
70 new Tech jobs to be created over next 2 years
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its facility in Millstreet, Co. Cork.
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited was founded in Millstreet Town, County Cork in 1988 as a manufacturing base of ALPS Customers in Europe. Today ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited employs over 700 people in Millstreet Town. The Facility has 56,000 square feet of world class manufacturing space and including SMT, moulding, decorative parts painting and lasering marking capabilities.
Today Minister Heather Humphreys will open the European headquarters of Entekra™ in Monaghan town. Entekra will create 100 new high-skilled jobs in the area following an investment announced earlier this year in May 2018. These jobs will be in the areas of design engineering, finance, marketing and customer support.
Agilent Technologies Ireland Ltd. today held the official opening of a new, purpose-built research and development extension to its Little Island, County Cork facility.
SentryOne has onboarded a new Software Development Engineering team out of its Dublin City Centre, Ireland, office to accommodate their rapidly-growing EMEA footprint. Since opening in May 2018, the Irish subsidiary has quickly become entrenched in the EMEA Microsoft Data Platform community.
Genesys® (www.genesys.com), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, today announced it is creating 200 new technology jobs in Ireland over the next three years. The senior and highly skilled technical roles are based at the company’s new Galway office.
Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.
Shire held an official site dedication event at its new state of-the-art biologics facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath today.
Development of the 120-acre site has been underway since November 2017. Approximately 400 people will be employed at the facility when it is at full capacity.
Facebook Expands Investment in Ireland
Facebook is expanding its investment in Ireland by acquiring a long-term lease of 14 acres for a new campus development in the heart of Ballsbridge in Dublin 4; the premises known as the Bankcentre currently occupied by AIB.
ILC Dover, a global leader in flexible containment solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry today announced it is expanding its Irish production footprint by opening a location in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland creating up to 70 jobs over two years.
The law firm confirmed earlier this year that it plans to build the Dublin office to ten partners with around 40 people in total over the next three years.
Nord Anglia International School Dublin today proudly celebrates its Official Opening with a ceremony attended by the Rt Hon. Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate Kt CBE (Chairman of the School Advisory Board) and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Representing the culmination of 18 months of planning with local and government officials, as well as construction, planning and staffing for the campus, the event also marks the notable introduction of Ireland’s first international IB through school for students ages 3-18, uniquely positioned to offer the internationally respected IB curriculum to the students of Dublin’s local, international, and globally mobile families. The school, part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, opened its doors to students for its inaugural term in September of 2018.
30 new jobs announced, on top of 150 jobs revealed last year, as part of Citrix’s expansion drive in Ireland
Mazars has officially opened its new Galway office and announced that it will create up to 30 new jobs over a three-year period, doubling the headcount of the office.
AXA XL announced that it has obtained authorisation in principle to move XL Insurance Company SE to Ireland from the UK in advance of March 29 2019 when the UK is due to leave the EU.
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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’.
Biotechnology company Regeneron had two reasons to be cheerful after the inaugural Invest in Ireland Awards in October. The company came away with the Grand Prix and also won the ‘Excellence in Regional Investment’ category. The recognition follows five years of expansion in Ireland since the company first announced its presence here in 2013.
The 29th of March next year is a critical date for U.S. biotech companies because business as usual disappears in Europe as a result of Brexit. Long a favored location for manufacturing and selling pharmaceuticals and devices across Europe, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the EU and so free trade across Europe will change. American firms with UK operations should have already devised a post-Brexit strategy and begun implementing it given the fact that the changeover is just a few months away.
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.
The Invest in Ireland Awards took place last week at a gala ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin. The inaugural event honoured some of the most prominent names in Ireland’s foreign direct investment sector.
The global investment climate is in flux right now with investors looking to locate in jurisdictions that can offer them stability across the policy and regulatory and talent worlds.
Technical recruiters are living out the famous Charles Dickens line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The United States is now nine years into the second-longest economic upswing in history and business is booming but at the same time, finding qualified tech workers has become a virtual Mount Everest achievement, leading to poaching wars, relentless job-hopping, unfilled positions and angst in executive suites. This is coupled by a mounting challenge, the H1-B lottery and slow green card processing are all discouraging candidates. A recent survey of over 3,000 technology leaders by KPMG revealed that 65 percent believe hiring challenges are hurting their business, up from 59 percent who thought so in the previous year's survey.
A dairy cow lumbering through a field seems to be the antithesis of high technology but sensors, AI, analytics, connectivity and the other elements of the Internet of Things are beginning to have a significant impact on milk production, which is none too soon. With a world population that will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 -- that's more than two billion additional humans than exist today -- global food production system will be increasingly under siege from forces like urbanization, climate change, less arable land and the ongoing difficulty of finding workers in the United States in this low-paying field.
Ireland is playing India in two T20 cricket internationals in Dublin this week; the first match takes place to-day (27 June) and the second on Friday (29 June), in Malahide.
Interest in artificial intelligence is at ‘fever pitch’, according to the technology market research company IDC. If measured in money, the heat will reach almost 20 billion this year – that’s the dollar amount IDC forecasts that companies will spend on AI and cognitive computing. But in fact, the temperature around these technologies has been rising for some time.
While the American medtech industry is thriving, it still must deal with challenges that include higher production costs, finding skilled staff and the ongoing issues innate to a highly regulated sector. Then there are global concerns such as competition, funding and the high cost of research. With Europe and the United States being the key markets, many U.S. medtech firms have located some of their operations in Ireland in order to take advantage of an established, flourishing life sciences sector, strong governmental support and easy access to the lucrative European market.
With an expected two billion more mouths to feed on the planet by 2050, it's no surprise that the Agtech industry is looking at new approaches today to achieve this goal, searching for lower-cost technology that will deliver higher yields with less environmental impact. American Agtech companies are under increased pressure as the United States recently slipped from first to fourth place in the rankings of most "food-secure" nations worldwide, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
If there’s one word that captures the aims of ambitious high-tech companies, it’s scale. It’s about hitting big numbers – whether that’s customers, ARR or valuation – fast. Scale is embedded into the DNA of founders and the VCs backing them with the financial firepower to reach their ambitious goals.
When Keeper Security set up its first European operations in late December, it chose Cork as its location – but its decision wasn’t out of the ordinary. The password management company joined a growing roster of cybersecurity companies operating in the greater Cork area, including AlienVault, Cylance, eSentire, FireEye, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Sophos, Trend Micro and Trustev/TransUnion. You could say that Ireland’s second city is a hidden gem for cybersecurity.
When Jaguar Land Rover announced 150 jobs in Shannon back in January, the engineering work at this this site turned out not to involve pistons and carburettors but devops and code. The news is a signpost of change happening right across the auto industry. Cars increasingly rely on software and connectivity, and in doing so, they’re fulfilling a forecast from a 2016 Harvard Business Review article: “every business will be a software business”. Last year, Marc Rogers of the security company CloudFlare, went further, telling the New York Times: “These are no longer cars… they are data centres on wheels”.
Gavin Prendergast had already been thinking about going into business for himself with an enterprise that would tap into his love for food. Then the multinationals came calling.
Dublin may be a natural business hub, but the country’s FDI story doesn’t end in the capital. Silicon Docks is synonymous with thriving tech companies, but cities like Galway and Cork attract their share of multinationals too. Galway alone has close to 23,000 people whose jobs come from IDA-supported FDI projects, while Cork has a thriving community of companies in both pharmaceuticals and cybersecurity sectors.
Foreign direct investment doesn’t happen in a bubble. From the moment multinational companies decide to set up operations in Ireland, they will need to interact with local service providers. Their needs may run the gamut from office fit-out, catering and construction, through to professional services such as recruitment, IT, legal and accounting services or public relations.
Just as nature abhors a vacuum, uncertainty provokes similar feelings for business. As this white paper makes clear, a growing nationalist and protectionist mindset around the world is creating a fresh set of challenges for global businesses.
Engineering leaders shared their advice for CTOs, leaders of engineering teams and international operation decision makers at recent IDA Ireland meetup
Building great tech companies starts with hiring great people. That’s easy to say but harder to do. Competition for the best talent is so tight, while pressure to scale fast can also hinder good HR practices. That challenge is exacerbated when the company is expanding globally.
Europe is a vast, lucrative market and having a local tech operation in place to support it makes sense. But there are also solid economic reasons for a company to expand its engineering program to Europe. Europe offers a marketplace of 550 million people and is seen by many US tech companies as the gateway to EMEA region.
It’s an altogether tougher challenge to scale the organisation that develops, sells and supports the product - especially as the business goes international. It was a theme heard again and again during SaaStock 2017 in Dublin.
Our round up from SaaStock 2017 In companies founded by engineers - as many SaaS providers are - sales is sometimes a dirty word. But getting to healthy recurring revenue is the goal to building a sustainable software-as-a-service business, which explains why sales featured prominently on the agenda at the SaaStock conference in Dublin.
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