Deals done this past week

8 Jun 2010

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector, including Colleges Northern Ireland’s €3.5m four-year contract with Calyx to provide managed services and a technology refresh across 47 college campuses.

Calyx wins €3.5m IT contract with 47 NI colleges

Colleges Northern Ireland (CNI) has signed a €3.5m four-year contract with Calyx to provide managed services and a technology refresh across 47 college campuses.

The IT specialist was selected by CNI, the representative body of the six regional colleges, to be the single provider to educational facilities with wide-ranging and complex requirements.

Services range from centrally hosted applications to on-site systems, all wrapped in a fully managed service. Part of the contract was a hardware refresh and a move to a virtualised server platform in a centralised data centre.

ERP giant Infor buys Bridgelogix

Business software player Infor has acquired Bridgelogix, an Infor solution partner and leader in bar-code data collection solutions.

The acquisition will allow for closer alignment of Bridgelogix complementary solutions with many Infor products, which may provide greater flexibility, simplicity, speed and accuracy to manufacturers.

The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

Chip giants in Linux consumer electronics pact

Chip manufacturers IBM, ARM, Samsung and Texas Instruments have established a new software engineering foundation aimed at improving Linux distribution, such as Android, Ubuntu and MeeGo in new consumer devices, like smartphones, tablet computers and digital TVs.

The consortium, called Linaro, consists of ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments.

The not-for-profit open-source software engineering company will be dedicated to enhancing open-source innovation for the next wave of always-connected, always-on computing. Linaro’s work will help developers and manufacturers provide consumers with more choice, more responsive devices and more diverse applications on Linux-based systems.

NDRC collaborates with Sentry Wireless for mobile security

A collaborative project involving DIT and Sentry Wireless will be joining the NRDC (National Digital Research Centre) Catalyser Programme to work on ‘Sentinel’ software for mobile security.

This new project will see Sentinel providing a unique firewall application for SIM cards used in mobile devices by combining Sentry Wireless’ unique IP as well as expertise and research from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The Sentinel firewall will block dangerous phishing messages that may come through SMS to mobile devices.

Users of SMS for business or private users can feel “safe”, with no threat of SPAM attack to their personal mobile device.