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21 Feb 2011

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

Software alliance will see BI rollout at university

A post-graduate university in the UK is set to be one of the first beneficiaries of business intelligence technology resulting from a new partnership between Irish software company Nathean and ERP giant Unit4 Agresso.

Nathean Technologies, a fast-growing Irish business intelligence software company, has announced its partnership with the UK division of UNIT4, the world’s leading provider of business software for fast-changing organisations.

This partnership marks the next step in Nathean’s plans to make its software more widely available to organisations that are seeking greater value from their underlying data.

Post-graduate university, Cranfield, has already deployed Nathean’s software to more easily extract key business intelligence from its UNIT4 Agresso data to identify cost savings and efficiencies across a number of key financial areas.

Broadway Gaming makes safe bet with online backup

Broadway Gaming, a recent arrival in Ireland’s growing online gaming sector, has awarded a contract for managed IT services and online backup to IT Force.

As part of the contract, IT Force has rolled out the KeepItSafe online backup for Broadway Gaming.

IT Force was signed up to KeepItSafe’s partner programme, whereby customers using this service have their data backed up to multiple data centres. According to KeepItSafe co-founder Eoin Blacklock, the backup is fast and available for restore if required. 

In addition to the data backup service, Broadway Gaming also avails of IT Force’s ‘virtual IT department’, where its critical system and servers are remotely monitored and supported by a team of engineers located in Dublin. IT Force scoped and deployed the system that runs a critical reporting engine for the online business. This system is based on a Microsoft SQL server platform and Windows Server 2008. 

Blueface and Panasonic join forces to target business market

Internet telephony provider Blueface has entered into a strategic alliance in the Irish market with electronics giant Panasonic to deploy HD VoIP and classic business phone services to SMEs.

Blueface and Panasonic are now offering a scalable plug-and-play product which can efficiently cater for a variety of business sizes, from a one- to two-person business right to up to a six- to eight-person organisation.

The Panasonic TGP550 SME phone range, offered exclusively in Ireland by Blueface, brings together all the advantages of modern internet HD VoIP voice calls, classic business phone functionality, and easy web-based administration, ideally suited to small office and branch office solutions.

Blueface has developed three affordable phone packages around the Panasonic hardware. The packages include a stationary reception phone and a choice of either two, four or six cordless desk phones, depending on the needs of the business.

Enclave Technologies acquires Newmarket Solutions

Enclave Technologies has acquired Irish business intelligence firm Newmarket Solutions for an undisclosed sum after months of business collaboration between the two companies.

The company will operate from offices in Dublin and will bring the number of employees to 14.

“The acquisition of Newmarket Solutions should be seen as a strategically important step in our ambition to offer our customers complete, scalable and flexible solutions”, explained Peter Hennessy, director, Enclave Technologies.

“Newmarket Solutions has excellent products, including the innovative Sage suite of products and a substantial customer base. The strategic fit with our existing business is strong. We believe that the products, solutions and resources we have acquired give us added value and broaden our product portfolio and will have a positive impact on our growth”.

Gavin Elliffe of Newmarket said customers can be assured that the solutions will continue to flourish and they can look forward to exciting improvements and increased capabilities.

Enclave will now combine the company’s networking and solutions expertise with the business software and business intelligence skills of Newmarket.

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