IIA and Enterprise Ireland to hit the road with series of Cloud Adoption events

7 May 2013

Claire Dillon, Microsoft Ireland; Lavinia Morris, Friends First; Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland; and Joan Mulvihill, Irish Internet Association. Photo by Mel Maclaine/The Photo Project

The Irish Internet Associaion (IIA) has teamed up with Enterprise Ireland on a Cloud Adoption Event Series – a cloud roadshow sponsored by Microsoft Ireland that intends to spread cloud awareness and adoption to businesses throughout Ireland this summer.

The first Cloud Adoption Event will take place in Galway on Thursday, 30 May, with further events planned for Dublin and Cork early this summer.

The announcement comes during National Cloud Week, a week of cloud awareness and adoption events hosted by Microsoft Ireland. “There is enormous potential for the cloud to play a central role in driving economic growth and job creation but for its potential to be fulfilled it is critical that small businesses understand how they can tap into the benefits of cloud to help them scale for growth,” said Clare Dillon, developer and platform group lead with Microsoft Ireland.

The IIA and Enterprise Ireland cloud roadshow targets Irish SMEs and will help them to assess the potential benefits of adopting cloud-based business models to support export growth. Attendees will hear from other SMEs on how and why they moved to the cloud, as well as security and service contract experts who will outline the process.

“This is an important move to help increase the number of Irish businesses, small and large, who successfully adopt cloud computing, and is an important element of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs,” said Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland. “A central part of this plan is targeting key sectors where Ireland has competitive advantage and the potential to foster growth. One such sector is cloud computing, and a number of studies have reported that Ireland has potential to create high levels of growth and jobs in this sector if we move early.”

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.