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Tech West 2016: Meet Tech Companies Hiring in the West of Ireland

Tech West 2016: Meet Tech Companies Hiring in the West of IrelandJoin us at Tech West 2016, Wednesday, October 26th at the Gibson Hotel, from 5pm, to hear about the many job opportunities open.  Awaken to the great job opportunities in the West and experience a quality of life only the West can offer. Find out about tech jobs in the West & Midwest Meet local start-up companies Get expert advice on moving back West Up to 100 high tech jobs to be filled before the end of the year! When: Wednesday, 26th October from 5pm                                      Where: Gibson Hotel, Dublin 5pm                                   Registration opens 6pm                                   Overview of the event – MC Samantha McCaughren Introduction – Michelle Murphy (Director, Collins McNicholas) Introduction – Ian Brannigan (CEO, Western Development Commission) 6:15 to 6:45pm Panel Discussion No.1. – Driving innovation within the West & Midwest regions Gillian Buckley – Western  Development Commission Johnny O’Dwyer – Innovation District, Galway John Magee – Head of Enterprise, LEO Mayo Niall O’Callaghan – IDA Midwest Barry Egan – Enterprise Ireland 6:45pm to 7pm Visit stands // Collins McNicholas Career & CV clinics 7pm to 7:30pm   Panel Discussion No.2. – Opportunities for key talent in the West & Midwest Joe Smyth – Alto Cloud, Galway Pat Hession – Cisco Galway Keith Moran – SL Controls Galway 7:40pm to 8.10pm Panel Discussion No.3 – Opportunities for key talent in the West & Midwest Martina Power – ACI Worldwide, Limerick Fergal O’Connor – Happy Marketing & Media Ltd Mayo 8pm   Closing comments Samantha // Further Q&A Visit stands // Career & CV clinics followed by Networking Drink tasting by Pop-Up drinks Galway Finger food with food...

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What Skills Do ICT Companies Need Most?

ICT is the fastest expanding industry in Ireland. There is a relentless demand for new employees with the right ICT skills. Demand cuts across virtually every industry. Approximately 60% of ICT professionals are employed in the broad ICT sector, while 40% are employed in other sectors of the economy. Demand for ICT professionals will grow at 5% a year until 2018 and there is expected to be 44,500 job openings in the period 2014- 2018. The European Commission estimates that Europe could face an 800,000 person ICT skills shortage by 2020. The shortage of talent in ICT is a global problem. This is due to unprecedented growth and innovation in the sector. What matters most is what the government is doing to grow the supply of tech talent for the industry in Ireland. The ICT sector is constantly transforming, this impacts the demand for certain skills, and creates new areas of expertise. Subsectors with the most vacancies include programming technologies, mobile technologies, games development, web development, cloud computing, platform administration, digital and creative media, networking, CRM, project management, data analytics, and contact centre support. Skills Shortages The greatest need within ICT in Ireland is for professionals with experience as: software engineers and programmers, with programming ability in Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, C+++, .Net, SQL, Perl, Ruby, and Python; web developers, with skills in HTML, CSS, XHHTML, Ruby, and an understanding of Web 2.0 technologies; games developers; software developers for operating platforms, especially Windows and UNIX/Linux; computer architects and administrators, with skills in big data analytics, customer relationship management applications and SQL server database administrators; cloud computing specialists, with cloud...

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The ICT Industry in Ireland 2016 – Regional Overview

Dublin Dublin is the centre of the tech industry in Ireland and the majority of ICT investment is concentrated in the city.  Dublin has many of the world’s largest ICT companies; online service companies such as Google, which has over 2,500 staff, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Hubspot, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and countless other companies all call Dublin their home. The Silicon Docks is the hub for the ICT industry in Dublin, with a thriving mix of multinationals and start-ups. Opportunities exist for the broadest range of skill sets – software development, cybersecurity, networking and infrastructure, data analytics, cloud computing, and tech support. Dublin is increasingly seen as an attractive location for globally minded tech talent. The cost and availability of housing in the Dublin area may see some investment shift to other locations despite the highly competitive packages offered by most tech companies. South Cork is the location of several major multinational operations as well as numerous smaller companies. EMC, Apple, VMWare, McAfee, CitCo, Tyco, Qualcomm, and Amazon, all have facilities in the city. EMC employs 3,000 people and has expanded its staff as recently as 2013. It is looking to continue this expansion by pushing its research agenda, focusing on cloud storage, cloud security and compliance. Apple has continued to expand its workforce and now employs over 5,000 people. South East Ciphertechs in Kilkenny, an information security firm, and Bluefin Payment Systems in Waterford, a fintech company, have both announced plans to expand their workforces in the region. Waterford operates a number of research institutes out of Waterford IT that are collaborating with tech companies. Sunlife, a fintech firm, employs...

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Trends in the ICT sector

Trends in the ICT Sector The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) identified what it termed ‘third platform’ technologies as the key technological developments that would have the biggest impact on the ICT sector in the future. These are: cloud computing, mobile devices and technologies, the internet of things (IOT), big data analytics, social technologies, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing, augmented/virtual reality, and cybersecurity. The EGFSN estimates that there will be $5 trillion in ICT spending globally by 2020. About 40% of this revenue, and most of its growth, will be from these ‘third platform’ technologies. This growth will be driven by a rapid expansion in the number of users, the number of connected devices, and the number of applications and services. Cloud Computing & Big Data Analytics Two of the fastest growing subsectors within ICT are cloud computing and big data analytics. The global cloud computing market is expected to reach $287 billion by 2018, according to research firm Gartner Inc., giving it a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.1% from 2011-18. The global market for big data analytics is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 18.45% to 2021, taking the size of the market from $28.6 billion in 2016 to $66.8 billion in 2021. Big Data is a relatively small but fast growing subsector of ICT. There will be a strong demand in business for users with the data analytical and statistical skills to utilise this resource. The Irish government has funded several academic research facilities in this space to foster the skills and technologies necessary for future growth. All of these research...

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Welcome Gillian Nicholson, New Principal Consultant in our Galway Office

Collins McNicholas are delighted to announce the appointment of Gillian Nicholson to the role of Principal Consultant in our Galway office where she will focus on the growing IT sector in the West and Midwest regions. Gillian is an experienced Account Manager having worked in the recruitment industry for over 12 years and during that time she has successfully recruited for specialist IT Project roles, Software Engineers, .Net developers, Software Testers, Technical Support Infrastructure Engineers and Java Developers for a range of clients including HP, Vodafone, IBM and Microsoft. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Gillian was based on site in Microsoft where she had responsibility for account management and recruitment across a number of divisions. A native of Athlone, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing from Limerick IT and a Higher Diploma in HR from the University of Limerick. Director of Collins McNicholas, Michelle Murphy stated ‘we are delighted to have Gillian on board and heading up a growing division for our company. Her proven track record in the IT sector will enhance the service offering to our clients in the region. With the growth of new ICT companies in Galway, exciting new developments around the new Innovation District, and the soon to open ‘Portershed’ in Galway, coupled with some recent announcements in Limerick, we feel there is a strong cluster of ICT companies now setting up home both in the West and Midwest, which is welcomed for sure. Collins McNicholas will be working hard to attract talent to these regions to ensure continued success for our client companies.’ If you wish to send your CV or discuss...

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Developers Brave the Galway Weather to Attend Google Developers Meeting

On Saturday, 14th November, ‘Google Developers Group (GDG) – Galway’ followed their successful launch, in the G Hotel, with another meeting in the Bank of Ireland Startlabs on Eyre Square. Inspiring coders starting out on their development journey and seasoned programmers alike braved the Galway weather to attend another successful GDG Galway session. Topics for the day included: an exciting Google Project Tango demo, a GitHub talk, and a Python programming workshop, along with FREE Domino’s pizza!!! First Up GDG Dublin Lead, Raphael Savina, demonstrated Googles latest high tech venture, Project Tango, a mobile device with the ability to navigate the physical world similar to how we do as humans. Project Tango brings a new kind of spatial perception to the Android device platform by adding advanced computer vision, image processing, and special vision sensors….I’m pretty sure this is the same technology used to create the T2000 in the Terminator movies. Next Up Lynda O’Leary of HP and Women in Technology Galway, gave an interesting talk about the use of GitHub and Open source within the industry. GitHub is a Web-based Git repository hosting service. It offers distributed revision control and source code management (SCM), and has become the largest host of source code in the world, ideal for budding coders who want work with a tech savvy community. Last Up To round the day off, Full Stack Developer and all round tech guru, Allen Thomas Varghese gave a Python workshop aimed at those who had previously not had any exposure to the language. This proved very popular to novice and experienced programmers alike. All in all, the second GDG in Galway turned out to be...

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