Deals done this past week

22 Mar 2010

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector, including Dublin content management software player pTools’ deployment of a new social media system that allows Lincolnshire police to communicate with their community online.

pTools enables Lincolnshire police talk to public via social media

Dublin content management software player pTools has deployed a new social media system that allows Lincolnshire police to communicate directly with their community online via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With the newly developed social networking feature of pTools CMS software, the police force can easily and efficiently update all their online presences in one session, without the need to log in and update each account separately. pTools CMS is already used to deliver content to the Lincolnshire police website with the new feature distributing content via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Aer Lingus invests in web content management system

TerminalFour has landed a major contract with Aer Lingus to deploy the web content management system for the airliner’s new website. TerminalFour’s content management solution – Site Manager – will be used to help increase international website traffic and deliver personalised customer searches. TerminalFour was chosen based on its competitive pricing model, easy-to-use software and high-profile customer base.

Buy4Now secures Pamela Scott e-commerce deal

High-end e-commerce solutions vendor Buy4now Technology Group has secured a contract to design, develop and host an e-commerce solution for Pamela Scott, the Irish-owned ladies fashion retailer. The online store will be available to the public in early autumn.

Twitter spreads further with @anywhere

Twitter has taken its already open technology a big step further with @anywhere, a new framework that will allow the microblogging service to be embedded anywhere on the web. First stop, YouTube. Already known for opening up its API (application programming interface) to third-party apps, Twitter has now collaborated with several popular web destinations, including Amazon, Bing, Digg, eBay, The Huffington Post,, The New York Times,, Yahoo! and YouTube to bring the service right into these sites. YouTube visitors will soon be able to tweet about a video they’ve seen without leaving the video site or follow a writer straight from their byline.

XML inventor joins Google

Acclaimed software developer and entrepreneur Tim Bray, who until recently was Sun Microsystems’ web chief, has become “developer advocate” at Google. Bray said in his blog the reason he is working with Google is primarily Android. He admires its APIs, the fact it’s open source, the exciting nature of the smart-phone market and its impact on emerging economies.

Photo: David Miller, COO of TerminalFour and Ronan Fitzpatrick, head of e-commerce, Aer Lingus