Version 1 opens Enterprise Cloud Centre of Excellence in Dublin

18 Dec 2013

Damien Smyth, Version 1 head of Infrastructure and Cloud

Irish software services company Version 1 – which harbours ambitions to become a US$1bn a year revenue company within 10 years – has opened a European Centre of Excellence for Enterprise Cloud Services.

Last month, Version 1 acquired UK Forest Business Operations for an undisclosed sum. Established in Dublin in 1996, Version 1 completed two previous acquisitions, with Prose Software and PMCentrix in 2010. The company now employs more than 400 people in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London.

The new centre will consolidate and grow Version 1’s investment in leading cloud platforms from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure and will provide advice and market-leading cloud consulting, cloud implementation and managed services to Enterprise scale customers.

The company says its investment in the Cloud Centre of Excellence has already helped Version 1 compete and win cloud deals with international customers, such as Swiss Post Solutions, a global provider of document processing solutions.

Agnostic views on cloud

“Version 1 has been providing cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service solutions since 2009 and in the last 12 months we have witnessed a surge of interest and adoption by traditional enterprise organisations who are starting to benefit from significant cost savings and organisational agility achievable with cloud computing,” explained Damien Smyth, Version 1 head of Infrastructure and Cloud.

“Accordingly, we have made the decision to establish Version 1 as the market leader in enterprise cloud services and have increased recruitment, training and certification of cloud consultants.

“Today we are launching a dedicated Cloud Centre of Excellence and our Enterprise customers will benefit from cloud-agnostic advice and an approach focused on resolving cloud adoption concerns through scalable reference architectures and safe on-boarding,” Smyth said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years