He has asked public sector organisations to build stronger relationships with the Government’s job creation agency, Enterprise Ireland, to improve their procurement practices and get a better grasp of the indigenous enterprise landscape.
Enterprise Ireland is now working closely with targeted public contracting authorities nationally and at local government level where the agency has secured executive buy-in from procurement managers in boosting the participation of small businesses in tender opportunities.
The agency has already connected over 70 of its client firms with public bodies developing a number of programmes that will improve service delivery.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), for example, is developing a number of technology-led solutions which will help improve passenger experiences as they transit through terminals.
The DAA is engaging with a number of Enterprise Ireland high-potential technology firms as part of that process.
Meanwhile, a cluster of Enterprise Ireland clients are engaged around opportunities for the design, build and management of infrastructure supporting the ESB’s rollout of electric cars.
Minister O’Keeffe said it was vital that small Irish businesses were fully aware of public sector procurement opportunities.
‘It is important that public sector organisations develop relationships with Enterprise Ireland so that they have a strong knowledge of the indigenous enterprise landscape.
‘Public sector organisations should be aware of the economic impact their procurement spend can have on small Irish businesses and, in particular, the implications for job creation in local communities.
‘Irish firms themselves should be given every help to fully engage with the public procurement process so that they can pitch successfully for business opportunities,’ said Minister O’Keeffe.
The chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, Frank Ryan, said many of the agency’s client companies have innovative solutions that can bring value and efficiencies to public sector bodies.
‘We are delighted to work with contracting authorities that are taking positive actions in engaging with Irish small and medium-sized enterprises for increased tender participation.
‘Winning reference sites in Ireland is of great importance to our client companies, both in terms of the value of the contracts won and as they seek to internationalise their solutions for export growth.
‘We welcome the opportunities which these current engagements are giving and look forward to their conversion into business wins’, he said.
I met Romans and Gita of Agile Technologies at the Innovate Media Event organised by the Digital Media Forum and Media Cube in Dun Laoghaire last December. Since then I’m delighted to say that they joined the IIA and they are very interested in meeting you and helping you to streamline your business processes through the use of technology. (Yep all to do with my magnetic personality nothing to do with the boring old benefits of being a member of the IIA :)) Agile Technologies have been in web 2.0 since 2003. They offer a unique mix of software development services to help companies achieve better sales and operational efficiency by leveraging their eBusiness capabilities.
They also have a number of existing software components which they distribute as open source.
Managing Director, Romans Malinovskis, told me about the new service they have launched in 2009. It is “business process optimisation” using IT and is directed towards small and medium enterprises. All the software they write is based on MVC framework (Agile Toolkit) and is deployed as web 2.0 application – even if it’s internal company software.
Welcome to the IIA’s newest member company, Omniserve. Omniserve provides starter websites for small businesses. Using their unique “Rapid Creation Process” they claim that they can get a small business live on the net with a 5 page website and appearing in Google for searches for their company name in just 60 minutes.
But’s it getting much easier all the time with technology to help us. Our newest member 1TimeTracking is going to make resource tracking a whole lot easier for all of us. It will free up managers to concentrate on the bigger picture, rather than wasting precious time emailing their team for timesheets. It allows the self-employed to track time and expenses for specific clients and projects ensuring cost-effectiveness for all. As its charged per employee it is itself a cost effective solution for the microtrader trying to juggle a number of clients. For those with employees it’s an easy way to ensure compliance to the Working Time Act as well. There’s a free trial for the first month so go on, give it a whirl and tell us what you think.