CLONMEL HOTSPOT -- When searching for “information technology excellence” using using Google, only one page shows up from Ireland. And that concerns a 1999 Eircom award for Ennis.
Excellence Ireland and Tipperary Institute intend to change this picture during their jointly sponsored seminar in Thurles on November 6 when they present a series of hard-hitting speakers who discuss getting value for money through excellent uses of IT.
Called “Information Technology: A Key to Promoting Excellence,” the day-long event draws attention to initiatives that may serve as models for others. The full running order of events is online at http://ict.tippinst.ie/eievent.
The schedule features success stories drawn from projects that have identified and solved significant problems with ingenuity, resourcefulness and effectiveness worthy of emulation in IT. Topics include discussions of connecting remote offices to always-on broadband links, protecting internal networks from damaging attacks, and leveraging the Internet for competitive advantage.
More than 200 IT managers, quality managers, and operations managers have indicated their interest in attending the day-long conference where they will examine successful deployments of information technology. As expected, the event has attracted strongest interest from companies based in the Midlands, South and Southeast. Speakers represent a “Who’s Who in IT” and include managers from Accenture, Dell, Glanbia, Microsoft and Superquinn.
Sean Conlan, chief executive of Excellence Ireland, sees the event “as a wonderful opportunity for our members to gain access to best practise and the latest thinking” both in the conference centre and during informal break-out sessions throughout the day.
The seminar opens in Tipperary Institute’s state of the art Thurles conference centre. Sessions on the timetable examine how to effectively deploy IT to reduce costs, improve contact with customers, build teamwork, and increase productivity.
James Greenslade, director of ICT at Tipperary Institute, points to the strategic role played by IT. “It’s important to fully exploit information technology and to use it to enable sound business processes.”
Tipperary Institute has evangelised the role of best practise in IT throughout the Southeast since the formal establishment of its outreach mission four years ago. Tipperary Institute enjoys a strong level of credibility in the field, based on the credentials of its third level IT programme along with staff members who have years of experience from across the Irish IT industry. The Institute’s staff have transferred skills, information and technology that have helped developed the knowledge economy in the Southeast.
Chairmen from three of Excellence Ireland’s regions have also contributed to the organisation of this key event, offering their networks of industry contacts towards documenting practical solutions to IT problems—a vital step towards ensuring Ireland’s success in the 21st century.
Bonus Link: Tom Murphy chances his arm inside Superquinn.