Three software giants ponder Irish move


Three major global software players are currently in talks to locate in Ireland, according to the Irish Independent.

A "well-placed industry source" told the newspaper that Intuit, Infor and CA Technologies are optimistic that agreements to develop Irish operations can be reached.

While formal agreements are some way off, talks have been "progressing well".

Intuit is a company based in Mountain View, California, that makes financial, accounting and tax preparation software and generated €4.4bn in revenue last year. With 8,000 employees worldwide, its current eurozone presence consists of operations in Paris.

The New York-based Infor develops cloud software for large companies and multinationals. It works with roughly 90,000 organisations in 200 countries worldwide and earned €2.5bn last year.

Infor already has a staff of 14 in Sandyford and it is believed that the company is keen to considerably ramp up these operations.

Finally, CA Technologies is another New York business which offers financial solutions. Its revenues were in excess of €3.75bn last year and it has set aside between $300m and $500m for strategic investments.

Speaking to Microsoft Ireland staff last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny teased a major new tech arrival on Irish shores very soon, saying:

"We have nine of the top 10 software companies here. We're about to land the 10th one I think."

Microsoft is set to create 500 jobs at its newly-established EMEA Inside Sales Centre.

A further 100 positions will also open across Microsoft’s existing operations, including opportunities in finance, operations, engineering and sales. 

Craig Fitzpatrick, 

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