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Cloud Capital Forum


This year’s Cloud Capital Forum kicked off last Friday 23 November and took place at the Convention Centre, Dublin.  It was three hours spent with some of Ireland’s digital leaders on cloud computing, cover many aspects of cloud as well as big data and green IT.

Both business and political decision makers attended the event and a common view was that the cloud presents great opportunities for turning the Irish economy around.  In fact, many believe that Ireland has the opportunity to position itself as a cloud centre of excellence; a shining light for Europe and key link to the US and China.

The keynote speakers covered many views and possibilities of the Cloud evolution.  Although the cloud has been around for a number of years, in different shapes and with various names, this is still a new era and it’s not the usual companies that are leading the race.  The competition is fierce and one could compare this with war; new companies coming online, increased rates of efficiency and ability to service a global audience à improved growth circle.

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iPhone 5 is coming


In just a few days the iPhone 5 will be revealed by Apple, at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which Apple normally uses for such events.  The event will begin at 10am Pacific Time (or 1pm EST), just in case you received an invite and is planning on attending the unveiling.

So, what new wonders will the next generation iPhone deliver to the audience?

  • Photos have been circulated in recent months that the iPhone 5 will have a larger 4-inch screen
  • The dock connector is most likely changing into a smaller port, which also means you need to change some of the docking peripherals
  • New high-speed LTE connection will most likely feature too, which will put pressure on your data plan
  • It will no doubt be delivered with iOS 6, the new mobile software Apple revealed back in June

Are you getting the new iPhone 5?

What features do you think will be delivered?

Although the iPhone 5 mightn’t hit the European markets for some weeks, I’m sure the first indicators from the US will determine whether this will be another cool device released by Apple.  I’m still wondering how much more they can push the technology and whether consumers will continue to buy these awesome devices.

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Which Cloud Is right for you?


TechFire 2, the second of ComputerScope’s new focused briefings for IT professionals, was held on 19 June in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.  It was sponsored by HiberniaEvros in partnership with Interxion.

The topic of Cloud continues to gain traction in media, however the discussion increasingly moves further up the priority list of business decision makers, given the opportunity for business to save money in the long run by reducing the operational overheads.  With this in mind, the theme of this event was created to explore “Which Cloud is right for you?”

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2012 Virtual Computing Forum


Make sure to mark June 12th off in your calendar, to attend the 2012 Virtual Computing Forum in Guinness Storehouse.

This year’s event is set to be even better with some of the biggest technology vendors in the industry presenting a variety of engaging and insightful sessions, which will discuss hot technology trends for 2012 including cloud computing, consumerisation, mobile work styles and virtualisation.

“As the industry shifts from the PC Era to the Cloud Era, the role of IT is rapidly outgrowing its ability to own and manage all its own apps, infrastructure and devices.  Users have responded by bringing their own tools, including tablets & mobile devices, into the workspace. As a result the consumerisation of IT is coming to the fore in Irish IT departments.  Corporate IT is also under growing pressure to take advantage of a vast array of innovative and cost-efficient services from external cloud and hosting providers without compromising security, manageability and user experience. This forum will address these issues in detail.”

The theme this year is ‘Consumerisation and the Cloud’ and the event will cover topics such as:

  • Economic, market and business trends driving virtual computing and the Cloud
  • How you can accelerate your business through a cost-efficient virtual workforce
  • Go-in-depth with desktop virtualisation and the cloud covering the full scope of technologies and best practices.
  • Live demonstrations showing how desktops & applications can be delivered as a service to any user, on any device.
  • Real life case studies of organisations that are adopting desktop virtualisation.

Check out the highlight reel below from last years event.

We hope to see you there!

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it@cork 2012


Based on last year’s it@cork event, the feedback we’ve received, we are delighted to participate in this year’s it@cork again.

HiberniaEvros will attending the Technology in Business Conference in Cork on the 29th of May where we will be manning the official Twitter feed on the big screen. We also have a stand on the day so pop in to chat to us.

Technology in Business Conference 2012 presents a challenge to the ICT industry’s role in the region and nationally.  We showcase current success in driving employment opportunity, but we push ICT to accelerate its contribution to Ireland Inc’s recovery and growth. Our three sessions will deal with:

  1. Leadership and Talent – Leadership’s elemental role in building world-class business; What is the “Skills Gap” and what can we do about it?
  2. Collaboration – How to build strong links with regions/companies/competitors – overcome our fears and create new opportunity
  3. Important Trends in Tech – Big Data, Mobile, Security – where are the big bets?

If you haven’t signed up already, please click here to get registration details.

Hope to see you there!

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Concerning Cloud Security


With the cloud expanding rapidly, in Ireland and abroad, it starts to become interesting to see what current and potential cloud users consider as being the prohibiting factors for moving company data into a cloud or hosting environment.

For the sake of eliminating confusion, I’m for the purpose of this topic, merging cloud and hosting into one.  I will refer to it as the outsourced solution.  The considerations, or should I say, areas of contention are the same for both solutions.

CompTia recently released the latest trends in regards to moving into an outsourced environment – 58% of CIOs state that they will not put confidential company data into an outsourced solution, and 56% will not stored credit card data in the cloud.  I can certainly understand the latter, given the recent scares within banking and gaming communities, where credit card details have been compromised.

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WWDC tickets gone in two hors


U2 might be selling tickets within a few hours, but tickets to this year’s big tech event in San Francisco seems to be going even faster.

Ticket’s for Apple’s annual Developer Conference, WWDC, went on sale Wednesday morning US time, and were sold out within two hours.

What’s so special about these WWDC events?

The WWDC provides visitors an opportunity to not only get a sneak preview into the latest iOS and OS X broom-cupboards, but it also gives visitors a chance and interact with the real Apple engineers.

This year’s event is focusing on application development, which is a growing item on many organisation’s strategy and budgets.  However, given the huge interest in this year’s WWDC, I think it’s unlikely that many companies actually managed to get tickets, and they have to do like everybody else who didn’t get tickets – wait for the updates to come out on Twitter and YouTube.

Did you get tickets?

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Helping deliver solutions


Working closely with the leading technology vendors ensures we have the skills to deliver the highest levels of technical service to our clients. We continue to invest time and resources into maintaining and improving these partnerships;

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Going 360


Most technology providers offer a large range of managed services, but most times they don’t deliver a full package or solution.

HiberniaEvros are starting something new.  Well, in reality it’s something that’s already offered in the marketplace, we just go full circle.  Let me introduce our 360 service.

360 is about more than just Managed Services. We can incorporate products and services from across the entire HiberniaEvros Technology Group. These include cloud services from Digital Planet with our own in-house designed and managed cloud environment, resourcing solutions from Technical Staffing Services division, Managed Print Services from our dedicated team of print experts, and access to the widest range of product supply and procurement options.

More news are to be revealed shortly, explaining the full details of the new offerings.  Keep your eyes on our web sites, Facebook, Twitter and blog sites.  More to come.

HiberniaEvros is an IT Managed Services specialist providing a complete range of outsourcing, support and data centre services.

The HiberniaEvros Managed Services Division offers a range of services that keep your mission critical ICT infrastructures operating. 360 is our flagship service designed to deliver exactly the services you need.

To find out more, email 360@hetg.iecall 1890 911 211 or contact your nearest HiberniaEvros office

Dublin 01439 6803 salesdub@hetg.ie
Waterford 051 339900 saleswat@hetg.ie
Cork 021 4520044 salescork@hetg.ie
Kildare 045 531262 saleskil@hetg.ie

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Dilemma of training your staff


It is always an uphill battle to keep yourself and your staff up-to-date with recent technologies and new features in products/services you deliver.  On one side you need to make sure you are out making money and on the other hand you need to make sure your staff can deliver on latest changes.

It’s worthwhile noting that many of your clients are most likely fully tuned into the newest technologies and would be expecting to get these implemented or updated next time you visit or engage them.  It looks somewhat inefficient and creates poor reputation, if your staff is not fully up-to-speed on the latest HP Server hardware features or Microsoft applications.

Training is good, but it does come at a price.  Also, the level of training you provide to your staff needs to be considered.

The following topics attempts to cover some of the considerations you should make before approving training requirements or at least consider these as part of your training strategy.

Online v Classroom

The debate regarding online v classroom is still something that needs to be engaged within the organisation.  Why?  Well, often online training is significantly cheaper and can be done at the participants pace.  However, it does still require a level of self-discipline to complete these courses and you (the sponsor) still need to monitor progress of courses.

So, some of the benefits to be considered are the fact that you save money and your staff could potentially do the training when they are less busy, allowing you full access to the resource for projects / engagements.

Classroom allows the participant to network with other classroom participants, and allows for a healthy technical discussion during the various exercises.  It might even allow your staff to promote the organisation and increase some revenue, which is a free PR exercise.  On the downside, you need to accept higher cost and also that your staff can represent you positively and negatively – make sure your staff understands this responsibility.

Certification

Do you really need a certificate?

Some certificates are a simple printout and has no relevance to the actual course.   The company providing the course merely gives the participant a certificate that they attended.

On the other hand, certification can be very valuable when engaging a client on specific projects.  It gives the client a level of comfort that the consultant has the appropriate knowledge about the product, ensuring that the solution is deployed using best practice.

Certificates required an exam to be completed and passed, which tests the participants in their knowledge and comprehension.  So it will give a good indication of whether the employee engaged in the course, understood the content and actually participated in the course.

Building CV

One important aspect to consider, no matter how painful it might be, is that employees often use training courses and certificates to improve their CV.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that your staff is leaving, but it does mean that he/she might become more attractive in the market and may leave.

Training contract

Whether you allow online or classroom training, I would still suggest that you have some sort of training contract for your employee.  Why?

Well, it gives you some bargaining power if you employee decide to leave.  If you have an agreement in place that states that employees have to repay e.g. 75% of  training cost if they leave within 12 months, then employees might reconsider jumping ship.  Depending on the cost and duration of training course, you might consider extending the agreement to cover year 2 and year 3, each reducing the percentage the employee has to pay back.

Role Specific Training

One question I always ask is whether the training is relevant to the person’s role.  If it’s relevant and will enhance the team’s effectiveness, then I’ll approve it.  If this is just a training course to satisfy a personal desire to get better with e.g. programming, and has nothing to do with the person’s role, then I would reject it.

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In reality, all organisations have to consider the cost for every training is part of the budget.  Sending staff on training whenever they want is no longer an option and should be used an incentive to perform and provide the organisation with an improved skill-set to engage new and more clients.

It’s very important to keep staff up-to-date and motivated, but it all has to be done with the budget in mind.

Happy training!

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