The availability of highly skilled software developers who can marry distributed systems with database knowledge is the primary reason NuoDB has moved to Dublin, claims its CEO.
One of a raft of job announcements made yesterday – NuoDB was one of six businesses announcing openings, with a combined 185 positions to be filled – Barry Morris’ US-based company has set up its European software development centre in the Irish capital.
Morris is keen to continue the impressive growth of NuoDB for the foreseeable future, and sees Dublin’s Dogpatch Labs as the best place to do that, with his company seeking to fill 50 roles over the next few years.
“We’ve got some big customers in Europe and they really care about having technical people nearby, so it’s a natural place be,” explains the man whose experience in Ireland dates back to his days as CEO of Iona Technologies.
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There are two really exciting places to be if you’re a software developer, according to Morris – distributed systems and database. “We’re the guys doing both of those things at the same time.”
I asked what research his company had done into the Irish labour market scene, and whether he and his team would need to hire from abroad. Not a worry, it seems.
“Trinity has its distributed systems group. One of the leading, if not the first, distributed systems computer science groups around. So it’s a natural fit from that perspective. We’re looking for people who have these skills to take on some of the hardest challenges of distributed computing.
“We spent months looking at it. I was at Iona Technology years back so I already know a bit about Dublin. We’re very confident that we can find the right sort of people here.”
NuoDB has doubled its workforce in the past year, with hopes of that growth continuing apace in a US$35bn industry that Morris considers “infinite”.
“Because of the trend towards cloud computing, that’s our strength. That’s the driver behind our growth.”
Of course it’s not just the availability of skilled staff that is key to a new operation’s success in Ireland. There’s also the problem of getting them in the door. The next step for NuoDB will be trying to do just that.
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