The Irish Tech 100 (Part Three)

Powered by Cpl Recruitment: Business & Finance Magazine recently published their definitive guide to the top 100 performing tech companies across the island of Ireland. We’re delighted to republish the list in full.

You can read the first installment HERE, and the second one HERE.

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ICONIC
Employees in Ireland: c.25
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: John Tinsley, Co-Founder/CEO

Iconic Translation Machines is a leading Irish translation software company that recently announced it was creating 15 new jobs at its headquarters in Glasnevin, Dublin. Iconic provides cloud-based translation solutions to language service and translation companies and targets a language industry that is worth in excess of €37bn annually. Its flagship product automates the translation of intellectual property documents. Founded in 2013 by Dr John Tinsley and Dr P‡raic Sheridan, Iconic’s advanced proprietary technology was born from almost a decade of research and development at the CNGL Centre at Dublin City University, developing a unique approach to machine translation for highly specialist and technical domains. @iconictrans

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INTERCOM
Employees in Ireland: 30+
Established in Ireland: 2011
Head of Irish operations: Ciaran Lee, Co-Founder and CTO

Founded by four Irishmen in 2011 (Eoghan McCabe, Des Traynor, Ciaran Lee and David Barrett), Intercom is a customer communication company that offers simple, personal messaging services for online businesses and their customers. With offices in Dublin and San Francisco, Intercom provides a single, integrated platform for support, marketing, product, sales and communications. In August, the company announced it would more than double its size over the next 12 months after it raised $35m in funding. The company, which currently employs 140 people, will increase its research and development operation in Dublin by 70 people, with the remainder of the jobs at its San Francisco headquarters. @intercom

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INTEL
Employees in Ireland: 4,500
Established in Ireland: 1989
Head of Irish operations: Eamonn Sinnott, VP Intel Corporation and General Manager, Ireland

Since locating its technology campus in Ireland in 1989 and beginning hardware production the following year, Intel has invested over $12.5bn in its 360-acre former stud farm in Leixlip, turning it into the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe. The campus is one of Intel’s highest-volume manufacturing sites in the world. Last year, Intel Ireland general manager Eamonn Sinnott hosted the Taoiseach; Tanaiste; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; and Intel president Renee James as they witnessed the progress of Intel’s $5bn campus upgrade, the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State. @Intel_IRL

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KAINOS
Employees in Ireland: 728
Established in Ireland: 1986
Head of Irish operations: Dr Brendan Mooney, CEO

Kainos was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Belfast. It provides digital technology solutions to more than 140 clients in the healthcare, government and financial services sectors in Europe and the US, with clients including Netflix and the UK National Health Service (NHS). In July, Kainos announced it would float on the London Stock Exchange in an initial public offering worth £161m. In the financial year ended March 2015, the group reported revenue of £60.8m, giving a profit before tax of £11.8m. @KainosSoftware

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KEMP TECHNOLOGIES
Employees in Ireland: 80
Established in Ireland: 2011
Head of Irish operations: Marguerite O’Grady, General Manager, EMEA

Headquartered in New York with significant operations in Limerick, Munich and Singapore, KEMP Technologies is a leading provider of load balancers and application delivery controllers, enabling clients to optimise their e-commerce and online traffic capabilities such as online banking, email, web and cloud-based applications. Established in 2000, KEMP has had a presence in Ireland since 2011 when it opened its EMEA headquarters in Limerick. The Limerick office is now exporting into emerging markets such as Japan, Russia, India, China and South Africa and works with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to SMEs and public sector clients. In April 2014, KEMP announced plans to create a further 50 high-end tech jobs in Limerick, bringing its total workforce there to 80. @KEMPtech

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KINGSTON TECHNOLOGY
Employees in Ireland: 40
Employees worldwide: 4,000
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish operations: Nick Palmer, Planning, Logistics and HR

Kingston Technology is one the world’s largest independent manufacturers of memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers and flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras and MP3 players. Kingston is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, with key operation centres in Europe and Asia. To meet growing demand in Europe and the Middle East, Kingston established its European headquarters in London in 1996. In 1997 Kingston established a strategic turnkey logistics hub in Dublin to support the company’s OEM customers in Europe, and established its Far East facility in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. @kingstontech

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LINKEDIN
Employees in Ireland: 450+
Employees worldwide: 5,400
Established in Ireland: 2010
Head of Irish operations: Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, EMEA

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the internet, with more than 300 million registered users Ð including executives from every Fortune 500 company Ð in over 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn opened an international headquarters in Dublin in 2010 to support the growth of the company’s EMEA operations through a range of activities including marketing, sales, finance and customer service. Some 450 people now work at LinkedIn in Dublin, representing around a tenth of the company’s global full-time employees, with the company moving to a larger premises to accommodate employee growth in Ireland. @LinkedIn

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LOGENTRIES
Established in Ireland: 2010
Head of Irish operations: Trevor Parsons, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder

Logentries was founded in Dublin in 2010 by Viliam Holub and Trevor Parsons. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. Logentries aims to eliminate the complexity of managing applications and systems in today’s distributed environments, delivering valuable log data insight; Logentries’ DataHub is offering the first cloud-based service for log management real-time analytics designed to enable security, privacy and sensitive data protection. By automatically detecting and tracking specific patterns, numbers or fields within log files and offering one-way hash coding, the DataHub provides an additional layer of security and protection and ensures that no sensitive log data leaves the network. Earlier this month, they were aquired by security analytics giant Rapid7 Inc in a deal worth US$68m. @logentries

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MAGNET
Established in Ireland: 2004
Head of Irish operations: Mark Kellett, CEO

Established in Ireland in 2004, Magnet Networks is a telecoms company providing phone and broadband services to both residential and business customers. Magnet has invested over €120m in Ireland creating its own advanced network, and its next-generation service is delivered through an extensive fibre optic network. Magnet Networks is owned by Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC), which itself is owned by Irish-American entrepreneur Ken Peterson. The CVC companies include Hibernia Atlantic, which owns the only transatlantic fibre optic cable directly connecting Ireland to North America. Hibernia also built and operates the Project Kelvin fibre optic cable ring around Northern Ireland. Other sister companies, PocketiNet and Pac-West Telecom, handle a billion minutes of monthly phone calls in the United States, and the group includes Pivotel, a mobile and satellite phone company in Australia. @MagnetNetworks

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MCOR TECHNOLOGIES
Established in Ireland: 2005
Head of Irish operations: Conor MacCormack, Co-founder and CEO

Mcor Technologies is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable full-colour, safe and eco-friendly 3D printers. They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business A4/letter paper as they build material. Mcor was formed by brothers Dr Conor MacCormack and Fintan MacCormack. They wanted to create a set of accessible tools based on selective deposition lamination (SDL) technology that would provide the freedom to innovate in an unlimited way. Their journey started in 2005 with the vision of a future in which everyone can easily turn their ideas into low-cost, full-colour, safe and eco-friendly 3D objects. Providing accessibility to a once-niche technology is the driving force behind the company, with the Matrix and IRIS range of 3D printers the result of this vision. Mcor has doubled its revenue and employees year-on-year over the last four years, raising over $16m from private and venture capital sources and building up a patent portfolio of over 40 patents. @Mcor3DPrinting

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MICROSOFT
Employees in Ireland: 1,200
Established in Ireland: 1985
Head of Irish operations: Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Ireland

Microsoft marked its 30th anniversary in Ireland this year by announcing details of a new €134m campus-style building that will be located at the South County Business Park in Leopardstown. The new campus will bring Microsoft’s 1,200-strong team all together under one roof for the first time in the company’s recent history in Ireland. The campus investment is the latest in a series of large infrastructural commitments that Microsoft has made in Ireland over its 30-year history here. The total amount invested by the company to date is in the region of €1bn, a figure that includes significant data centre investments in west Dublin.

Speaking at the announcement, Cathriona Hallahan, MD, Microsoft Ireland said: “Having grown from a small manufacturing facility with less than 100 people in 1985 to what we are today, we have a strong track record of continual investment in Ireland. Dublin is now home to a number of European and global teams and groups as well as to the first data centre located outside the US, a facility that has grown rapidly over the past five years. The €134m investment in a modern home for our team underpins our long-term commitment to Ireland.” @Microsoftirl

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MONEYMATE
Established in Ireland: 1991
Head of Irish operations: Paul Fawsitt, CEO

MoneyMate is a specialist provider of investment product information management services to global asset managers. Headquartered in Dublin, MoneyMate also operates offices in London, New York, Boston, Milan and Stockholm. Since 1991, Moneymate has been working with industry leaders to deliver a range of value-added research and investment data services. The business began in the research area, when it developed quantitative fund data, analysis and reporting tools for the funds industry in Ireland, Italy, Sweden and South Africa. It then went on to develop a range of data management applications to source and validate the data required for the analytics software. @MoneyMateGroup

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MOVIDIUS
Established in Ireland: 2005
Head of Irish operations: David Moloney, Founder and CTO

Movidius, a mobile vision processor, develops hardware and software for virtual reality headsets, drones, home automation and other technology. Established in 2005, the company is headquartered in San Mateo, California and operates development centres in Dublin and Timisoara, in Romania. Movidius is a venture backed with investors including the AIB Seed Capital Fund, Atlantic Bridge, Capital-E, DFJ Esprit and Robert Bosch Venture Capital. Earlier this year, Movidius announced it was raising $40m to make visual sensors for the internet of things. The funding raised is one of the largest ever in Ireland for a technology company, and the largest for a semiconductor company in the past two years globally. The company also announced it was creating up to 100 new jobs in Dublin this year. @movidius

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MICRO FOCUS
Established in Ireland: 1995

The past few years have seen big changes at business software firm Novell, which was itself acquired by the Attachmate Group in 2010. Last year Attachmate itself began a merger with FTSE 250-listed Micro Focus, forming one single company that drew in brands such as Novell, NetIQ and Borland. “Our strategy is not changing,” Stephen Murdoch, Chief Operating Officer of Micro Focus said in a statement. “We enable customers to exploit trends such as the cloud, mobility and virtualisation, whilst also leveraging prior investments and established IT assets; we describe this as bridging the old and the new. The merger creates a leading technology company allowing us to execute this strategy more completely and effectively.” Novell began operating in Ireland in 1995 and based its Dublin Financial Shared Services Centre, supporting all Novell businesses in the EMEA region, in Sandyford. @microfocus

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OPENET
Established in Ireland: 1999
Head of Irish Operations: Niall Norton, CEO

With its headquarters in Dublin, Openet provides high-performance transaction management software and business support systems (BSS) to telecom and media giants such as Meteor, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Bell, Verizon, AT&T and Orange. Its technology underpinned eir’s entry into pre-pay 4G data late last year, in time for the Christmas rush, and the operator has been using Openet BSS since 2009. Over 600m mobile users around the world ultimately depend on the company’s solutions. It recently announced 45 high-skilled jobs: 30 at its Dublin global HQ, with another 15 in its Kuala Lumpur Asian hub. Niall Norton has been CEO since 2006, previously having been CFO of Telef—nica Ireland, and the company has landed plaudits such as European Entrepreneur of the Year at the Tech Growth Summit in Berlin and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. @OpenetGlobal

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ORACLE
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish Operations: Paul O’Riordan, Country Leader, Ireland

One of the world’s largest enterprise IT companies, the US giant employs over 1,000 people in Ireland across several key departments and established here in 1997. Its EMEA headquarters at East Point in Dublin serves countries from Ireland to Saudi Arabia, around one-third of Oracle’s total revenue, and it also operates a Belfast office. Its Irish setup is led by Paul O’Riordan, who joined Oracle’s consulting business in 2002 following stints at Accenture, Horizon Technology Group and Irish Distillers. O’Riordan recently commented on the Global Information Technology Report, which assessed Ireland’s education system. ‘While steady progress is being made, we need to urgently continue the investment in our IT infrastructure in order to provide business and individuals with the high-speed connectivity required in today’s digital world,’ he wrote in the Irish Examiner. @Oracle

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PAYPAL
Employees in Ireland: 2,000+
Established in Ireland: 2003
Head of Irish Operations: Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations, EMEA

Among the largest multinational employers in Ireland, PayPal and Louise Phelan are leading voices on Ireland’s FDI scene. Long a part of the eBay group, this July saw the payments company, which processed $235bn in payments last year, separate from the auction site and trade on Nasdaq under its own ticker symbol. Its EMEA Centre of Excellence in Blanchardstown and European Operations Centre in Dundalk employ over 2,000, and last year the company announced a further 400 Dundalk jobs to be filled by 2018 Ð bringing the Irish workforce up to 2,900, with Phelan predicting almost 1,000 indirect ‘spin-off’ jobs as a result of PayPal’s presence in Dundalk. @PayPal

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PAYPOINT NETWORK
Established in Ireland: 2003
Head of Irish operations: Dominic Taylor, CEO

Offering a convenient way to pay bills and top up the credit on various utilities, PayPoint is a global name when it comes to energy, telecoms, housing, waste, media, financial services, transport, retail and e-commerce. It has over 28,700 retail sites in the UK and Ireland, and its Irish business took off with the signing of a 2003 deal with the ESB, whereby electricity customers could pay their bills or buy tokens at PayPoint outlets, and the company rolled out a new network of agents. It recently announced a 6% increase in transactions (up to £201.6m) and a 1% increase in net revenues (to £29m) for Q1, with growth slowed by a decline in mobile and online, mobile top-ups, bills and the industry in general. @PayPoint

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PCH INTERNATIONAL
Established in Ireland: 1996
Head of Irish operations: Liam Casey, Founder and CEO

Founded by Corkman Liam Casey, PCH is a major player in Silicon Valley and offers hardware product development and supply chain management systems to clients from multinational giants to startups and even Neil Young, with his super high-quality Pono music player. In addition to its Cork corporate headquarters, operational headquarters are in the giant manufacturing Shenzen centre in China, along with innovation hubs there and in San Francisco and offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. The company supplies accessories to Apple, Sony and Samsung, and recently bought e-commerce site fab.com. Casey is regarded as a leader in global technology, and has been profiled by business tech bible Wired, with IrishCentral describing him as ‘Silicon Valley’s most amazing Irishman’. @PCH_Intl

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PRAMERICA SYSTEMS IRELAND
Employees worldwide: 1,100+
Established in Ireland: 2000
Head of Irish operations: Caroline Faulkner, Senior Managing Director and CIO

The biggest employer in the north-west of Ireland, Letterkenny-based Pramerica is the business and technology arm of $1tn US giant Prudential Financial, for which it provides software and contact centre functions. The company recently announced further good news in the form of 330 jobs over the next three years, as it builds a vast, state-of-the-art new campus with a potential capacity of 1,800 staff, bringing together employees currently based in four buildings. “Pramerica is delighted that we have reached this historic milestone just 15 short years since we launched our business in Letterkenny with eight employees. With Ireland’s rich pipeline of talent and favourable work environment, now is the ideal time for us to make an investment in a new campus facility,” said senior managing director/CIO Caroline Faulkner.

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QUALTRICS
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: Dermot Costello, Head Of Sales, EMEA

It’s a big year for software-as-a-service insight platform provider Qualtrics, with the official opening of its European HQ in Dublin this May. The development will bring the Utah company’s workforce to 250 by the end of the next year, 100 larger than its original target. CEO Ryan Smith was glowing in his praise as the premises was opened: “Our experience of doing business in Europe from our Irish base has been phenomenal. The market response to our technology has been hugely positive and our sales teams are now working with customers in 16 languages across European markets including Ireland and the UK.” The fast-growing company’s software helps users to collect and analyse customer data and employee engagement, and Ireland became its first international office in 2013. @Qualtrics

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QUANTCAST
Employees worldwide: 600+
Established in Ireland: 2013
Head of Irish operations: John Lamphiere, Director EMEA, Corporate Sales and Operations

Pioneering digital advertising company Quantcast measures audiences and real-time advertising, and has locations across the US and Europe. Acknowledged as one of the top five big data processing organisations in the world, the company collects over a trillion new data records every month, processing 30 petabytes every day for advertisers and media agencies. It established its EMEA operations centre in Dublin in 2013, with 100 jobs to be created over two years in fields such as account management, product operations, marketing and finance. This year has seen the company on the move once again, with a number of acquisitions and new offices. @Quantcast

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REALEX PAYMENTS
Employees worldwide: 200
Established in Ireland: 2000
Head of Irish operations: Gary Conway, CEO

With the announcement of a reported €115m buyout from Global Payments, founder Colm Lyon has made the move to Non-Executive Director as the Irish payments company’s success story begins another chapter. Established in 2000 and headquartered in Dublin’s docklands, it has worked with major brands such as Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus, handling e-commerce and payment processing to the tune of €24bn per annum on behalf of 12,500 retailers in Europe. Its new owner is a NYSE-listed Fortune 1000 company active in 28 countries and serving over 1.5m merchants, and is headquartered in Atlanta. @RealexPayments

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SAP
Employees in Ireland: 1,200+
Employees worldwide: 74,500
Established in Ireland: 1997
Head of Irish operations: Liam Ryan, Managing Director

A worldwide leader in business software, German multinational SAP has almost 300,000 customers in 190 countries, with an annual revenue of over €17bn. Its Irish operations are an important cog in the machine, with three sites in Dublin and Galway. Dublin handles global support, inside sales and IT shared services, and is home to SAP Business Objects’ Research and Development Centre, which develops business analytics software for the company’s AppHaus system. Galway, meanwhile, functions as a multilingual service and support centre for SME and multinational customers, covering 29 languages and a staff drawn from 50 nationalities. All in all, SAP operates 41 lines of business in Ireland, and seven of the top 10 Irish PLC companies use SAP solutions. @SAP

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SAS
Employees worldwide: 13,697
Established in Ireland: 1998
Head of Irish operations: John Farrelly, General Manager

Used at over 75,000 sites in 138 countries, and 93 of the top 100 Fortune Global 500 companies, data and statistics software company SAS has an annual revenue of over $3bn, making it a leader in business analytics software and services and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. John Farrelly is head of Ballsbridge-based SAS Ireland. Farrelly has over 25 years’ experience in the technology sector in market-leading companies and start-ups locally and internationally. He brings a wealth of experience to the analytics industry: prior to joining SAS he was head of public sector with BT Ireland, having previously held senior positions with NaviSite Inc, Computer Associates, Fujitsu/ICL and IBM. @SASsoftware

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TO BE CONCLUDED…

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Originally published in Business & Finance Magazine.

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