Dublin-based IT solutions provider Qualcom has just created 10 new jobs and projects another 15 in the next 12 months. The company, with the backing of Invest NI, is spearheading an expansion into the UK market.
The 18-year-old company has just opened a Belfast office, from where it is leading its Northern Ireland and GB-focused operations.
Qualcom is investing €1.75m in this expansion, backed by Invest Northern Ireland and existing shareholders.
The new positions are in the areas of engineering, professional services, IT consulting, and sales and marketing. Thirteen of the roles are Dublin based and 12 are in Belfast.
Qualcom provides IT infrastructure services to more than 200 enterprise customers in the public and private sectors.
Partnering with enterprise technology companies such as VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, EMC, IBM and HP, it provides managed and professional IT services, including managed security, virtualisation, disaster recovery, communications, and data storage and back-up.
Keeping pace with change
“While local market conditions have been somewhat challenging in recent times, we have had good growth in our managed services business in the last three years,” explained managing director Ken Breen.
“This has been driven by enterprises looking to benefit from the more cost competitive shared IT managed service support of an outsourced partner, rather than staff in-house.
“Customers like the way we deliver greater visibility and control over IT spending, leading to greater efficiencies and profitability for them.
“Furthermore, with businesses continuing to be challenged with hiring qualified IT people, we help them grow at their own pace, unconstrained by IT infrastructure and in-house expertise,” Breen said.
“Our international expansion is led by the more buoyant market in the UK and our need to continue to ensure we can provide the most competitive service possible to all customers by maximising the utilisation of our Dublin-based network operations centre.”