Irish companies, public sector organisations and foreign multinationals are embracing technology to drive efficiencies and gain a competitive edge
Insight, one of the world’s leading technology companies, is taking over the Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) business of Fujitsu Services in the Republic of Ireland. In a move that bucks the economic trend, Insight will immediately increase its business in that market by more than 50%, and has invested in new offices in Dublin. Specialising in hardware, software, service solutions and the latest boom technology, cloud computing, the company is clearly focused on putting Ireland ahead of the technology curve again.
With the latest trend in IT, cloud computing, now providing the fastest growth in the high tech sector, the dynamics of the IT industry have changed. Insight, which recently celebrated installing its millionth cloud computing client, is one of the recognised leaders in this new business model.
Analysts say that new industries including high tech will lead economic recovery and stimulate growth in other sectors. The fact that Insight sees Dublin as a strategically important European office indicates that inward investment from the UK and the US is returning as the world turns to Irish expertise.
According to its newly recruited Dublin team, Insight is planning to expand in Ireland with the support of substantial partners, such as Microsoft, VMWare and Symantec.
While Insight has traditionally supported Irish clients from its UK offices in London, Sheffield and Manchester, this is another sign of increasing confidence among foreign multinationals in the Irish economy and its growth prospects.
"Irish companies, public sector organisations and foreign multinationals are embracing technology to drive efficiencies and gain a competitive edge – we want to support that effort,” says Patrick McNally, VP, Global Sales, Insight EMEA.
Continues McNally, "Insight's global reach, with offices in over 22 countries, means that we can provide best in class pricing and support for all IT hardware, software and services requirements for Irish companies, both at home and internationally."
According to industry analysts such as IDC, Gartner and Forrester, cloud computing will provide the next phase of fast growth in IT, a sector which will outstrip the rest of the economy and create the momentum for general economic growth.
Says McNally, “The cloud is a more efficient model of computing which enables companies to enjoy the benefits of IT without having to maintain expensive IT infrastructure. In essence, cloud computing is a pay per use model that could save industry millions and rapidly reduce the need for costly IT support.”
Forrester Research says $40 billion is spent worldwide on cloud computing, a figure that is predicted to rise to $241 billion in the next decade. Insight, with its partners such as Microsoft, HP and Symantec is leading the charge.
Insight EMEA is a division of Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of brand-name information technology ("IT") hardware, software and services to large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and public sector institutions in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The company has approximately 5,100 teammates worldwide and generated sales of $4.8 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended December 31, 2010. Insight is ranked number 471 on Fortune Magazine's 2011 'Fortune 500' list.
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