Cloud computing strategy 'could create 16,000 jobs' in NI
Category: Northern Ireland
Published: 28th Jun 2012 18:44:05
Northern Ireland could create an extra 16,000 jobs if it adopted a new technology strategy based on cloud computing, a new report has claimed.
Cloud computing is a method of storing data and applications on the internet as opposed to traditional methods of saving material on computer hardware.
Thursday's report was prepared by Oxford Economics and professional services firm Goldblatt McGuigan.
It claimed a cloud computing strategy could boost the NI economy by £1.2bn.
The report, issued by Whisple Cloud Services, was released during a business conference hosted in the new Titanic building in east Belfast.
Whisple Cloud Services is an organisation based in Northern Ireland which is comprised of local companies and is managed by their leading IT executives.
Thursday's conference, titled "Is NI speaking Cloud and Clear?", was attended by over 200 delegates and was addressed by senior staff from a number of cloud computing firms.
They included keynote speaker, Sarah Friar, vice president of strategy and finance of Salesforce.com.
The company opened an office in Dublin 12 years ago.
Last year, Salesforce.com achieved £2bn in annual revenue, the first cloud computing firm to do so.
On Thursday it annouced it was creating 100 new jobs in sales, marketing, IT and customer support functions at its base in the Republic of Ireland.
In her speech in Belfast, Ms Friar explained the rise of cloud computing and said the opportunities it offered to Northern Ireland were immense.
Dermot Walsh, chief executive of Whisple Cloud Services said Northern Ireland had made "significant investment in its underlying communications infrastructure, creating one of the world's best digital platforms, which in a global cloud computing market is an invaluable asset".
"Not only is our talent second to no other region, but also the calibre of local IT companies and the research and development facilities in our universities, creates a fantastic environment for economic growth and job creation," Mr Walsh added.
At 06:59:04 in WalesCash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales has learned.
At 06:42:02 in WorldAt least 14 children were killed along with their driver when a school bus was hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say.
At 06:41:23 in HeadlinesThe circumstances surrounding the death of Peaches Geldof are splashed across several front pages.
At 06:31:03 in SportSir Bradley Wiggins says there have been times when he wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012 that brought him national fame.
At 06:25:55 in SportNew Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made a winning start as Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 7-0 defeat of LA Galaxy in front of a crowd of 86,432 at the Rose Bowl in California.
At 06:25:47 in EnglandAs spectacular as the Giants show in Liverpool promises to be, organisers say it would be nothing without its army of "Lilliputians", the people who animate the huge marionettes.
At 06:23:02 in ScotlandIt had been seven years in the planning.
At 06:16:29 in EnglandA masterplan for Oxford station, which includes a new bus station and upgrades to the area, is to be launched later.
At 05:52:57 in WorldA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle sensors made for the US military to China.
At 05:39:49 in HeadlinesThe US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Cloud computing strategy 'could create 16,000 jobs' in NI [Online] (Updated 28th Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1437507/Cloud-computing-strategy-could-create-16-000-jobs-in-NI [Accessed 24th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
Sir Bradley Wiggins says there have been times when he wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012 that brought him national fame.
New camera technology is allowing wildlife film-makers to get ever more stunning shots. But can we believe everything we see on natural history programmes? And why do hyenas keep eating the cameras?
As spectacular as the Giants show in Liverpool promises to be, organisers say it would be nothing without its army of "Lilliputians", the people who animate the huge marionettes.
Eighteen websites have been suspended and arrests made during a campaign, being revamped on Thursday, against pensions cash "predators".
A betting levy to help fund community facilities and treat gambling addiction is among proposals by Labour in a "long-term innovative plan for sport".
The US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.