IT services and consulting firm Origina is to create 60 new jobs over the next two years as part of a €3m investment, it emerged this morning.
The company, formerly known as Unitech, aims to become a credible alternative to traditional global consulting firms, particularly in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe.
The majority of the new jobs will be based in Dublin, bringing the total number employed by the company to 120 people.
This investment will enable Origina to provide consulting, managed services and related IT services to leading companies and government bodies across Europe, from its operations in Dublin.
The company’s current customers include the Department of Education & Science, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Friends First, AIB and Eagle Star.
“There is a great opportunity for Ireland to become a hub for IT managed services and consulting for companies across Europe,” said Tomas O’Leary, managing director, Origina.
“There are further opportunities to be tapped, especially as more IT functions are outsourced and services like remote support, virtualisation and strategic data storage become more and more essential for both governments and companies.
“Many companies want an alternative to the traditional large consulting houses and we believe there is a significant niche in the market in which we can compete across Europe,” he added.
The company is investing €100,000 in a re-branding strategy, adopting the new business name ‘Origina’ so that both its Irish and UK offices can compete across Europe under one consistent brand name.
Originally established in 1998 to manage the data storage requirements of some of Ireland’s biggest companies, Origina has since expanded its offering to include IT consolidation, infrastructure and project management. It has partnerships with providers including IBM, VMware, PlateSpin, Oracle, Commvault and Red Hat.
The company has also signed a new partnership with Compellent, a world leader in network storage solutions, to support its offering across Europe.
By John Kennedy