By @SimonCocking. Preview of European Tech Summit Ronan Murphy CEO Smarttech / Chairman [email protected] . Buy tickets here.

Brief background about you?

I am Chairman of the European Technology Cluster / [email protected] and also the CEO of Smarttech.ie one of the leading 24×7 Managed CyberSecurity companies servicing Ireland and the UK. From a Smarttech perspective my days are spent working with my superb team in Smarttech at our Security Operation Centre in Cork and also meeting companies in the UK and Ireland. I also speak at a lot of conferences throughout Europe on the changing cybersecurity landscape.

As chairman of the Board of the European Technology Cluster I am actively involved in the building of the tech cluster in the south west region. This involves working within the triple helix of public, private and academia in order to help drive collaboration and innovation in the sector. Even though the organisation is a non profit with no state funding [email protected] has over doubled the number of strategic events in 2015 / 2016. We are lucky to have a very hands on board of directors who all contribute a tremendous amount of time and energy to the organisation.

How has the event evolved from last year?

We have not changed the main essence of Tech Summit we are just building year on year. Obviously speakers and the topics have changed to offer new valuable content to the participants. The underlying theme remains the same which is a deep dive into the most exciting trends in technology coupled with great opportunities to network with senior decision makers. We do have a new chair this year in Dervla Mannion VP European Operations Centre, Trend Micro, Director of [email protected] European Technology Cluster. Dervla has put her own unique stamp on the event with a good technology meets business focus.

Why it will be helpful for people to attend. What will they get out of it?

The event is genuinely a world class conference bringing together entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, and influencers for a sneak peek into the future of technology . If you’re looking to get up to speed on the latest developments in technology, hear inspiring keynotes from thought leaders, or rub elbows with other professionals, Tech Summit is the place to be.

Why is the Cork Tech sector doing so well?

Cork is ideally situated as an alternative development location to the capital with a good blend of multi nationals, SME’s and start ups in the the tech sector. The sector is a hive of activity with the very best of international technology businesses including Trend Micro, VMWare, Intel, IBM, Dell, EMC and Apple to name but a few. We have the talent, the infrastructure, the business culture, the connectivity, accessibility and innovation to support this. Significantly, Cork has also become a hub of home grown businesses with companies like Trustev, Barricade, Voxpro, Abtran, Xanadu, Teamwork and more, are all pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating significant employment in the process.

What should Irish companies do to continue to be successful?

I feel that sometimes Irish companies don’t fully exploit the opportunity to scale on the international markets. I see companies getting stuck on a narrow spectrum with too much focus for just the Irish Market. As Liam Casey from PCH famously said “Geography is History”

Who has inspired you?

I take inspiration from a lot of people. The obvious answer is my own mother who has been self employed running her own business sucessful since she was 15 years old and still works harder than almost anyone I know. But in the Tech Sector there is people who are pushing the boundaries in innovation like Pat Phelan (Trustev) & Mark Brosanan (Xanadu). I also have to mention the chair of Tech Summit Dervla Mannion who is simply a power house and who certainly inspires with her leadership of the conference attention to detail and relentless pursuit of quality in all aspects of the event.

Where can you order tickets for Tech Summit ?

www.itcork.ie 🙂 I’d strongly recommend that people make the effort to attend the
conference this year and also consider joining up to the European Technology Cluster.

Where can people see / listen / read more about you?

Always on twitter @smarttech01 or www.Smarttech.ie and and www.itcork.ie


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