Colgate-Palmolive to locate €4.6-million IT operation in Dublin

8 Oct 2009

Some €4.6 million is to be invested in west Dublin by Colgate-Palmolive, which is locating a major IT support operation in the city.

“This investment demonstrates the merits of Colgate’s decision to establish its SSO (Support Services Organisation) in Ireland 10 years ago,” Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan TD, said.

“It chose Dublin because of the availability of highly skilled people, especially business analysts with IT/SAP skills, and the city’s proven ability to support such activities.

“The additional investment will involve complex technical, process design and engineering work, developing leading-edge IT solutions, and will extend the mandate of the Dublin SSO into services innovation and leading-edge technology.”

The investment, which is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland, will be used to develop information technology for the company’s global finance operations at its CityWest Business Campus.

Colgate’s SSO employs more than 90 people in Dublin and is a key part of Colgate’s global IT strategy. The SSO in Dublin is responsible for IT services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It was established 10 years ago to assist in the worldwide roll out and implementation of SAP across the business.

“We are confident that our investment in Dublin will continue to support our business goals and that we will be able to meet the expectations for this global project,” Ed Toben, senior vice-president, Global Information Technology and Business Services, said.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan TD.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years