Deals done this past week

21 Mar 2011

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector.

YouTube buys Irish firm Green Parrot Pictures

Google-owned online video service YouTube has acquired Dublin-based video technology company Green Parrot Pictures for an undisclosed sum.

Green Parrot Pictures specialises in delivering intellectual licensing and high quality picture manipulation technology.

YouTube uploads 35 hours of video every minute. As many of the videos are shot by amateurs, video quality is not always perfect. Green Parrot can sharpen images, reduce visual noise and make video quality better while the video is being uploaded.

TerminalFour in €110k CMS deal with New York college

TerminalFour has delivered a €110,000 web content management solution to New York-based Teachers College, Columbia University.

The software will become the underlying web technology for the college’s approximately 300 academic, administrative, faculty and research websites.

As the college’s web presence continued to grow and greater functionality was demanded online, it was decided to overhaul its entire web content management strategy. 

TerminalFour is providing Teachers College, Columbia University with its flagship WCM software – TerminalFour Site Manager.

It will streamline the entire publishing process for all of the college’s websites and enable the creation of personalised academic catalogues which extends to the management of the entire paper-based catalogue publishing process.

TerminalFour’s solution will also underpin the online marketing efforts of Teachers College, Columbia University’s recruitment and student engagement efforts.

JUST Mobile in OTA mobile software deal with Tweakker

Up-and-coming Irish MVNO JUST Mobile has signed a strategic deal with mobile internet connectivity specialist Tweakker to provide seamless over-the-air configuration from JUST Mobile’s website.

The agreement was struck in early March. Tweakker has since designed and delivered a customised white-label version of its configuration service to the customer as a simple bolt-on website gateway with the look and feel of its brand. The gateway links with Tweakker’s MVNO over-the-air (OTA) provisioning servers.

JUST Mobile began trading in October 2010. As the only Irish-owned independent network provider, the Tweakker deal gives JUST’s customers online configuration care from the operator’s website at any time, from any location. The service greatly reduces the burden on JUST’s call centre, thus enhancing its overall customer care service.

Datalex secures deal with Air China

Air China has selected the award-winning Datalex Travel Distribution Platform (TDP) for all domestic and international shopping and reservations online and in call centres.

Dublin-based Datalex provides travel distribution software and solutions that enable innovative multi-channel distribution strategies of global airline suppliers and travel distributors.

Air China will leverage the comprehensive TDP application portfolio to tailor and optimise its air and ancillary product offerings to customers.

Datapac in €170k deal with Sam McCauley Chemists

ICT provider Datapac has secured a five-year contract worth €170,000 to provide a managed print solution for all Sam McCauley Chemists across Ireland.

The Datapac solution will centralise the management of printing across the entire group in an effort to reduce costs, improve productivity and customer service.

Sam McCauley’s has been in operation since 1953 and since then has extended its presence with 24 locations around Ireland. The group employs more than 550 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of €85m.

Schrader chooses BT Ireland for £500,000 virtualisation project

Schrader Electronics has invested €575,000 on a technology refresh project that includes what’s said to be one of the largest Microsoft Hyper-V virtualisation projects on the island of Ireland.

The company, which has its headquarters in Antrim and another site in Carrickfergus, has had a period of sustained growth and needed to refresh its IT infrastructure ahead of planned further growth in the years ahead.

Schrader makes tyre pressure sensors and demand for its products increased in 2007 when sensors became compulsory in new US cars. A similar law is due to come into force in Europe in 2014 and the company anticipates a similar spike in production as a result.

Schrader awarded the lucrative contract to BT Ireland, which is using Microsoft Hyper-V to virtualise the data centre located on Schrader’s Antrim site. This involves consolidating 100 servers down to eight physical machines, supported by HP storage. The deal also encompasses a Cisco network upgrade, new web-based security solutions and the supply of 65 PCs.

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