Irish owned outsourcing firm, I.T. Alliance is to invest €750,000 in developing a new cloud computing division with support from Enterprise Ireland’s R&D fund. Already seven people have been hired to develop the new operation which will provide virtual support services to global companies using cloud computing applications.
This is the first development by I.T. Alliance into the cloud. The company, which employs approximately 400 people, increased revenues by 15% last year.
“Companies are adopting the cloud in unprecedented numbers but they need dedicated support. Our new service will provide a virtual support service,” commented Philip Maguire, CEO, I.T. Alliance.
Greg Treston, Enterprise Ireland’s Divisional Manager of Scaling added, “Ireland has the potential to be a global centre of excellence in cloud computing. I.T. Alliance’s track record and long experience in outsourcing services makes it an ideal candidate to build a global virtual support business.”
I.T. Alliance is part of Enterprise Ireland’s scaling programme designed to support indigenous firms with the potential to grow revenues in excess of €100m. The company is also participating in Enterprise Ireland’s Leadership for Growth programme, run in conjunction with Stanford University, whose primary focus is to develop the leadership skills to enable transformative growth by Irish companies.
Gartner last year reported* that world wide cloud services revenue would reach almost $150bn by 2014.
I.T. Alliance’s cloud support services will be available to those using Microsoft’s Windows in the cloud operating system, Azure. The Seattle headquartered company announced in October that its Azure subscriptions had grown by 40% over the previous quarter.