Data Analytics Skills Shortage

Research conducted by Hays Ireland found that 78pc of employers experienced skills shortages in 2017. Many companies have had to hire from overseas as there are not enough skilled workers in Ireland to meet demand. This represents a significant opportunity for college students. Choosing one of the most in-demand job markets will almost guarantee a …Read More

What will future jobs in Artificial Intelligence be like?

A recent Gartner report noted that, by 2020, AI will generate 2.3 million jobs, exceeding the 1.8 million it is expected to replace. At the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon, when Sophia, a humanoid robot powered by artificial intelligence (AI), joked “We will take your jobs,” behind the nervous laughter of the 60,000 attendees was …Read More

New initiative in Blockchain for Ireland

A Government-backed platform called Blockchain Ireland has been launched in a bid to showcase Ireland’s capabilities in the blockchain ecosystem. Far away from the mainstream cryptocurrency craze where unsustainable mining and speculation are rampant, a flurry of start-ups has risen up to use the blockchain technology on which it is based to full effect. Now, …Read More

Interview with Helen Dixon, Data Commissioner

With two months until the EU’s GDPR privacy law comes into force, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon faces her busiest year yet. Adrian Weckler asks her about dealings with Facebook, fines, national identity cards and US spies Adrian Weckler [AW]: A criticism your office – and that of your predecessor Billy Hawke – has faced …Read More

Cognative Analytics Research Labs – University of Ulster

We recently visited the new Cognitive Analytics Research Lab (CARL) in Magee College Derry (University of Ulster) to discuss how the Analytics Institute can help support the University in the roll out of their fantastic new research lab. The lab will deliver world-class cognitive analytics research capability, attracting significant local and international industry engagement as …Read More

Genesys acquires the AI powerhouse that is Altocloud.

From left: Stephen Coney, SVP of engineering at Genesys, with Barry O’Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Altocloud. Image: Genesys Genesys acquires the AI powerhouse that is Altocloud. Silicon Valley software player Genesys has acquired Altocloud, the Galway- and California-based AI customer conversion platform founded by Irish man Barry O’Sullivan. The acquisition price has not been …Read More

New rules on data protection pose compliance issues for firms

Dire warnings about huge fines for businesses have been the up-in-lights feature of reporting about the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to the detriment of other aspects of it, including the responsibilities it places on organisations. This includes a significant focus on transparency and accountability, and mandatory data breach reporting unless the breach …Read More

Microsoft’s €134m campus opens in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has officially opened Microsoft’s new €134m campus in south Dublin. The 34,000 square metre purpose-built building is now home to the company’s 2,000-strong Irish workforce. Designed by RKD Architects, One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown took three years to construct. Microsoft’s Managing Director for Ireland Cathriona Hallahan said the building is the physical manifestation of the …Read More

BT bases new £28m research hub in Belfast.

BT is to base a research and development programme which could be worth up tp £28.6 million (€32.4 million) to the North over the next five years in a new multi-million pound facility in Belfast. The telecoms giant officially launched its new BT Ireland Innovation Centre on Wednesday and said the centre will focus on …Read More

Comtrade survey

56% of Irish IT experts expect intelligent robots in the workplace in the next five years. The survey reveals that over half of Irish IT decision-makers expect intelligent robots in the workplace in the next half decade. The Comtrade Digital Services survey took in 133 Irish IT leaders and their opinions on how digital transformation …Read More