In the last year, over 300 companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland have benefited from business and development support from the Microsoft BizSpark program.
WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new program to help small web design and development shops by providing them with three things essential to their success at no upfront cost:
- Visibility through a marketplace and well as connections through marketing and business networking programs
- Support of all kinds, from tech support and training to a network of other development shops, hosting partners, developers and designers, and
- Tools to build products for your customers: Windows Server and IIS, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Expression and more.
If your company’s primary business is providing web development and design services and it has 10 or fewer people including owners and employees, it’s eligible for WebsiteSpark ! You’ll save money on tools and technology, benefit from support and training and gain an advantage through opportunities to meet new customers and technology partners. It’s visibility, support and tools — what a small web shop needs — all in a nice little package.
The IIA is a Network Partner on WebSiteSpark so please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
This initiative was launched at the last TechLudd Social Networking event where Microsoft celebrated the success and growth of the organizations involved in Bizspark and the plans for WebSiteSpark.
When? October 20th, 7pm.
Where? The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin 8
A working group established by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is at present examining if changes in data protection law are necessary to deal with such data breaches.
In the public sector, recent guidance from the Department of Finance on data security advises departments and agencies to report data breaches immediately to this Office. The guidance issued today by the Commissioner recommends that the same approach be followed by all organisations.
Commenting on the Guidelines, the Commissioner said: "we have seen a welcome trend towards organisations seeking our advice when they suffer a data breach. Our main focus is on preventing such loss of personal data and the distress it can cause to individuals. But we recognise that mistakes do happen and it is vital that organisations are ready to react. That means having plans in place to trace and secure the data that has been compromised, to prevent further security breaches and to warn those affected by the data security breach. It means allocating responsibility for the key decisions that have to be made in such circumstances. By these means organisations will prevent a bad situation from deteriorating further."
On November 6th at an event in the Four Seasons in Dublin Microsoft launched an innovative new program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential Startups.
The Irish Internet Association is delighted to have been chosen as one of the Network Partners in the Bizspark Program. As a Bizspark Network Partner we can help provide Startups fast access to valuable technology-based benefits. So if you are a member of the IIA and your company
- Is in the business of software development,
- Is privately held,
- Has been in business for less than 3 years, and
- Has less than US $1 million in annual revenue.*
you could be eligible for inclusion in this program. Interested? Contact Roseanne Smith, Membership Manager at email@example.com.
* Please visit the Microsoft Bizspark website to read all the terms and conditions of eligibilty.
A big IIA welcome to Patchcom Services who joined the IIA recently. Patchcom Services, established in 2002 provides IT Services to growing businesses throughout Ireland. Their experience spans a broad range of technologies with a focus on IT to support work and home life. I also had the pleasure of meeting the main man in Patchcom recently, Patrick O’Connor, at the last OpenCoffeeClub in the Digital Depot. It was clear from chatting to him and listening to him answering other OpenCoffeeClubbers’ questions about hardware and systems that he knows what he’s talking about. Also, interestingly and because I know my fellow countryfolk love the whole connections thing, Patrick has recently taken a city centre desk in the new co-working space set up in Dublin’s South William St. I have written about this before because one of our other members, Eamon Leonard of EchoLibre set up this space. It seems to me to be perfect synergy: all your technology needs in the one space!
Are you always on the move? Do you miss important phonecalls while in meetings? Would you love an assistant but can’t afford to take on a full-time employee? Or do you just need someone to handle your admin while you are on holidays? Well then our newest member Secretarial & Complete Management Solutions is the answer to your prayers. They do it all: from day to day administration like meeting scheduling, accounts, correspondence; right up to preparing proposals, quotations and estimates and event management. And they joined the IIA while we were on the phone so they are smart cookies too! Welcome!
Joanne Byrne of Secretarial & Complete Management Solutions is out of the starting blocks like Zola Budd on Sunny D with an opening offer to IIA members. Read all about it on the IIA website.