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

Big Data is talking. Is anyone Listening?

Everyone is talking about ‘big data’ and how tech behemoths like Google are going to use it to change the world. But what does it mean for the rest of us – companies and organisations who do not have ninja-coders sitting on beanbags developing artificial intelligence apps during their company-subsidised gourmet lunch breaks? In this …Read More

Few Marketers Capitalize on Data Analytics to Optimize CX

For all the talk of data analytics, organizations are still struggling to use it effectively. That’s the picture painted by two recent studies, which confirm data alone doesn’t create a data-driven organization. Organizations today remain data rich and insight poor. More Data Than Insights The studies — one by Forbes Insights and Dun & Bradstreet …Read More

Irish Digital skills are less well developed than Global Peers.

Nearly half of Irish digital initiatives for business are not delivering, according to findings in PwC’s 2017 Irish Digital IQ survey published today. The survey finds that less than two-thirds (64%) of Irish organisations have the digital skills required for an evolving digital economy and is similar to global peers (65%). At the same time, …Read More