02 Jul As part of global IT trends, EMC expands in Ireland
The past few years have seen considerable growth in the IT industry. The burgeoning fields of big data and cloud computing have exploded in numerous industries and countries alike, requiring additional IT planning to meet the demand for IT professionals. Managing a company's preexisting technological infrastructure can require a sizable IT department, while keeping track of and implementing the regular innovations in the field compels a number of companies to expand their information technology staffing.
During EMC's recent celebration of 25 years of operation in Ireland, the company announced it will be building an office in Cork. Already a notable contributor to Ireland's economy, the expansion represents part of a new €100 million investment in the country. This office will employ 200 more employees, adding to the approximately 3,000 positions EMC already employs throughout the country.
"EMC's investment in Ireland is key to our global growth strategy which is focused on three of the most important drivers in IT for enterprise customers – cloud, Big Data and trusted IT," said David Goulden, EMC's president and chief operating officer. "Cork is a critical innovation hub in EMC's Centre of Excellence network, and our investment in Ireland demonstrates our long-term commitment to the country."
IT's economic contribution
Cork is but one piece of the larger trend of information technology implementation is having on worldwide economic recovery. The India Times recently described global IT services as little-known contributors to the U.S.'s economic health. The source noted that these services allow U.S. companies to readily enter emerging global markets and work more easily within international communities. By using external IT services, businesses can also avoid locally expanding an IT department that may distract from their key services.
The India Times added that these IT services also contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, through corporate taxes and the opportunities they provide to U.S. businesses. Meanwhile, countries such as Ireland and India receive the economic benefit that follows from additional jobs.
With big data and cloud-based services reaching into even more industries, or requiring organizations to expand their extant systems to handle an even greater influx of information, IT should continue to play a role in the economic upswing.