February Technology News Roundup

Here at Code Institute, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the tech industry and think it’s important that you do too!

February was a very busy time in the Irish tech industry. We opened the month with a terrible blow to HP’s Leixlip operations, as 500 layoffs were confirmed by HP Inc.
This was somewhat offset by the creation of an estimated 1,100 Irish jobs by giants Microsoft & Indeed. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as a whole smattering of tech jobs were announced across the country.
We’ll kick off with the tech industry’s huge Irish expansion plans and follow up with a bit of world news.
Grab a coffee and get up to date with all of February’s tech developments. Click the links provided to get the full stories!

The Big News!

Irish Mirror | 500 Redundancies for Leixlip-based HP IncWe thought it best to start with the bad news.
Hewlett-Packard opened the month by announcing 500 job-losses for their Leixlip-based global printing business.
The cuts are expected to occur over the next year for the hardware division of Hewlett Packard.
In light of this story, the CEO of the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) suggested that Ireland should be less dependent on direct-foreign investment.

Then Microsoft & Indeed announced their plans.Irish Times | Tech Colossus Microsoft Announce 600 Dublin JobsMicrosoft announced plans to create 600 new jobs for Dublin this month. With 500 EMEA Inside Sales jobs becoming available and 100 more roles across other operations – they’re doubling-down on their Irish investment.
Currently Microsoft has 1,200 full-time employees with 700 contractors – that number to climb over to 2,500 total over the next year.

“Microsoft’s dynamic Irish workforce has facilitated the delivery of the firm’s global strategy. Microsoft’s expanding presence in Dublin further strengthens the capital city’s international reputation as a leading technology hub,” added IDA Chief, Martin Shanahan.RTE | Recruitment Firm Indeed Announce 500 Jobs!International careers-site, Indeed announced mid-February that they were doubling their staff, adding 500 new employees to their Stephen’s Green site.
“Today’s announcement is a particularly important one for Indeed. Deciding where to recruit and hire the right people ultimately helps us to fulfil Indeed’s mission, to help people get jobs.” said Indeed President Chris Hyams on the investment.

Indeed has already started recruiting for sales, client services, HR, business development, marketing, finance, strategy and operations roles. Where better to apply than their website?

Irish Times | Accenture Announce 300 Jobs for DublinClient solutions firm, Accenture are all set to hire 300 people at new Dublin-based intelligence building. This includes 100 new jobs at Accenture’s “Dock” Research Centre.
For this round of hiring, they are focused on inclusion, diversity, and gender equality.Silicon Republic | 250+ New Jobs for WaterfordIt’s good news for Waterford jobs as open source specialists, Red Hat announced 60 new jobs for Waterford over 4 years.

“The opening of this new office, and the announcement of the investment, is the result of significant work by all of the staff here in Waterford, most of whom are working on challenging new mobile technologies,” said Ó Foghlú.
This announcement comes after Mercury-Cartoon Studio announced 200 jobs for Waterford. The company behind the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells are expanding their operations.Irish Examiner | 100+ Software Jobs for the RebelsSoftware-firm Nginx announce 100 new jobs for Cork City. The San-Francisco based company provide valuable services to AirBnB, Netflix and more!

“Beyond this geographical fit, Cork is strongly aligned in culture and attitude with the values carried over from our global headquarters in San Francisco, and we look forward to bringing in the best and brightest talent in the area.” added NGINX CEO Gus Robertson.

I’d be inclined to agree. They do have a great cup of coffee down in Cork City.

Irish Times | 150+ Jobs at new Tech Mahindra Centre of ExcellenceTech firm, Tech Mahindra are opening their centre of excellence in Dublin!

Experts in robotics, automation, business analytics, cloud infrastructure and digital services, they’ll be adding over 150 engineers over the next three years.Irish Examiner | Technology Firm Ricoh Announce 110 New Jobs in Swords, North Co Dublin.Technology firm Ricoh announced 110 new jobs and an investment of €6.5 million investment in their Swords, North Dublin, based Irish HQ.

“The workforce is rapidly changing and Irish businesses must ensure they cater for the younger generations that are currently scaling up the career ladder.” beamed Minister for Jobs,  Mary Mitchell O’ConnorSilicon Republic | 30 New Sports Science Jobs for GalwaySports and data science company, Orreco have revealed plans to expand their operations in Ireland. Orreco work with Olympians and NBA stars to mitigate injuries and enhance performance.

The LA and Galway-based company intends to create 30 new roles to mitigate injuries experienced by sportspeople
“The investment will allow us to grow our US presence, further develop our product suite and support ongoing investment in research and development.

We will actively recruit additional world-class data and sports scientists, and software engineers.” said Dr Brian Moore, co-founder and CEO of Orreco.

Business World | Fundraising Roundup
Huge boost for B2B software developers as Dublin and London based VCs, Frontline Ventures close Fund II at €60m. Having already funded CurrencyFair and QStream, it’s expected that Irish business will benefit from the Fund.
Irish Tech News | Dublin Tech Summit Inclusion
Dublin Tech Summit attracted over 10,000 tech aficionados and industry-leaders. Sold as an all-inclusive conference, diversity was the key for this 2017’s DTS.
School Days.ie | SciFest 10 Officially Launched
February saw launch of SciFest 10 – an event that allows second-level students to express their STEM abilities.
“As always, our aim is to develop a passion for STEM, and to promote inquiry-based learning, creativity and innovation among second level students.” said Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO.[“24748” Fast Company | The Chinese Shakeup
The Chinese Shakeup: Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, BBK Electronics, Huawei, and Dalian Wanda are changing the products and services you use, whether or not you know it.
TechCrunch | Tech v Trump
Twitter, AirBnB and more to oppose POTUS Donald Trump’s ‘immigration travel ban’.
Meanwhile, companies like Shopify and Uber have felt the brunt of protest after alignment with Breitbart and Donald Trump respectively.
Forbes | How Bots Are Changing The World
An interesting feature piece from Adelyn Zhou on the impact of bots and AI on our society. From eliminating bureaucracy to fighting pollution – the world is changing very quickly.
TNI | Google Beats Apple for Most Valuable Brand
TNI covers the dissolution of Apple’s brand loyalty. The news network posited that Apple had exhausted its good reputation with a string of unimaginative “innovations.”

The Drum | Procter & Gamble Marketing Director Slams AdTech Quality
“Craft or crap? That’s really the big question. And technology enables both. And all too often, the outcome has been crappy advertising accompanied by even crappier viewing experiences.” Slammed Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at P&G

Speaking on everything from fraud to funding terrorism, Pritchard’s speech is being called a game-changer for digital media and advertising tech as a whole.

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