New tech start-up invests €250k to break into UK market

4 Mar 2010

A dynamic new business software company led by former Microsoft Ireland employees is to invest €250,000 in the coming year to break into the UK market.

Inspired Software and Services’ BizPortal, which is based on Microsoft’s SharePoint technology, enables SMEs to save money on their IT costs and streamline business processes.

The company was founded in September 2008 by Eamon Breen and William Connor, both former Microsoft employees with a combined 40 years of experience in the IT industry in Ireland and a passion to supply the SME market with a suite of products that would help them run their businesses more efficiently.

The company specialises in the delivery of business productivity solutions based on the Microsoft suite of applications and in particular SharePoint.

What BizPortal covers

Its flagship product BizPortal covers a multitude of areas within an organisation, including document management, HR, sales, operations and finance. Inspired have experienced a strong demand for BizPortal, particularly their document management and HR management applications.

The document management plug-in increases standard SharePoint functionality by adding document scanning and OCR. While their HR application enables a HR department keep track of and manage the approval process for holidays and expenses, timesheet recording, sick leave, training certifications and health and safety monitoring.

“We have been working since 2008 to build a portfolio of partners throughout Ireland and to date we have over 10 partners reselling BizPortal,” Breen explained.

“Due to the success we are having here we plan to replicate this in the UK. We have a UK team in place and have already signed up four partners in our first four months. Our expansion into the UK is part of a €250,000 investment plan,” Breen added

By John Kennedy

Photo: Eamon Breen and William Connor, directors of Inspired Software and Services

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