• Sun

    UK & Ireland SAP User Group Annual Conference


    ICC Birmingham

    The UK & Ireland SAP User Group, an independent voice that represents the SAP user community, is holding its annual conference at the ICC Birmingham, between 23rd and 25th November 2014. The conference and exhibition brings together hundreds of SAP professionals and business users from across the UK & Ireland to share their experiences and best practice every year. The theme of the conference this year is: “The Formula for Success”, and will be focusing on how organisations can get the most out of their current or planned SAP investments. 

    This year’s conference begins on Sunday 23rd November with a full programme of interactive workshops, where delegates will be able to exchange experiences and pose questions to SAP and industry experts on a variety of IT topics. This will be followed by a networking reception, with further opportunities for delegates to meet the exhibitors and their industry peers. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from Andreas Hauser, SAP’s global head of design and innovation, Dirk Boessman, SVP of mobile development, Stefan Sigg, SVP of HANA and Sven Denecken, VP of cloud solutions strategy, as well as User Group chairman, Philip Adams. 

    There will also be in excess of 100 breakout sessions on offer, covering areas including analytics, Big Data, cloud computing and mobile user experience. In addition, a new Optimising SAP stream will share valuable tips, tricks and best practices on extracting more value from systems currently in use. 

     The conference is open to all SAP customers with discounted rates for member organisations. For more information go to:  or follow @SAPUserConf on Twitter

  • Tue

    ICS: Application security breakfast briefing


    The Irish Computer Society, 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

    In the race to develop online services, web applications have been developed and deployed with minimal attention given to security risks, resulting in a surprising number of corporate sites that are vulnerable to hackers. At this breakfast briefing, find out what vulnerabilities are being exploited and how to avoid falling victim to them. To keep things interesting demonstrations of common vulnerabilities will be given along with demonstrations of the tools and techniques used to identify them. After this briefing you will never trust your browser or the Internet again!

    Speaker: Stephen Morrow, principal consultant, SQS Group

    Stephen is a specialist in secure application design, development and testing, and has full lifecycle security and development experience in a variety of major Information Technology projects across the financial, private and public sectors. He is responsible for leading SQS’ security testing practice and defining SQS security testing methodologies.

    Having over 12 years dedicated security experience delivering a wide range of application security services to a variety of sectors in-line with CESG CHECK, OWASP and ISO27001 Standards, Stephen is a recognised expert in his field.

    Before moving into security testing, Stephen worked in a senior software engineering role on a number of high profile projects for financial, Internet and government organisations. This experience distinguishes Stephen from many other security practitioners as he is able to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities at a code level, as well as fixing them within the context of major development projects.

  • Wed

    TechFire 14:


    Gibson Hotel, Dublin

    Many organisations are looking to build EUC plans or strategies, but are struggling to connect their business and functional objectives with the increasingly diverse set of technology options available. Others have created their plans, but do not know where to begin with implementation.  

    TechFire 14, in association with Triangle, will describe how to overcome these challenges and get workplace transformation projects started, or back on track.

    Attendance is free but booking is essential. Secure car parking is available onsite and light refreshments will be served.

    To book you place visit

  • Thu

    ICS Leaders Conference

    The Marker Hotel, Dublin

    The second annual ICS Leaders Conference, organised by the Irish Computer Society, will take place on 27 November at The Marker Hotel in Dublin Docklands.

    Over 100 of Ireland’s most influential IT leaders will gather together to provide and share best practice in strategic IT leadership and for driving forward innovation in Ireland.

    The conference agenda features keynote addresses, panel discussions and master classes, which have been devised by Ireland’s IT Leaders, for Ireland’s IT Leaders, but will also, be of interest to all those in leadership positions in organisations with 250+ employees.

    Please note that only CEOs, CIOs or heads of IT may access this event.

    Non-members €425
    ICS members €375
    (Early Birds available for the month of October)

    To register visit

  • Thu

    itSMF Event: Why ITSM is not like the movies


    ICS, 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

    Most of us watch TV. We know it isn’t real life, but for many, it affects our expectations of real life.

    This talk looks at some of the ways screen entertainment affects expectations of service in real life and especially the goals, targets and measurements those expectations generate.

    For example, we see mostly extremes on TV – the best, fastest etc. That leads us to believe things that don’t apply in everyday life:

     Risks usually succeed and innovation is always rewarded

    • Something exciting and/or unexpected happens every episode
    • Every team has at least one (slightly eccentric) genius in it, the kind of person that can break through top secret government firewalls with a second hand mobile phone


    For most of us, that isn’t the case delivering our real services.

    There are other lessons too:


    • The adoption of technology can quickly make a plot illogical – or a previously accepted best practice inappropriate
    • People trust and believe the movie version more than the actual history.


    They also seem to believe whatever a computer tells them, without the need for any further conviction than the word ‘technology’.

    Perhaps the best and most important lesson we can learn though is a positive one. We should deliver what is necessary, not the supplier’s idea of perfection – this one is best explained in the context of teleportation.

    Speaker: Ivor Macfarlane

    Ivor Macfarlane is well known in the IT Service Management community, having been actively involved with writing, interpreting and applying best practice since 1989.

    Involved in service management before seeing any IT, and with formal process improvement even longer – since 1978, he remains proud of his start as a user, something he believes a major advantage in really understanding service management. His authoring credits include ITIL versions 1,2 and 3 as well as ISO/IEC20000, itSMF and ITSM Library publications. He has been continuously active within itSMF since 1994 in many roles for itSMF UK and internationally and an ITIL examiner since 1991.

    After a wide ranging career in government employ that included forestry and prisons,  from 1999 Ivor worked as an IT Service Management Consultant and Trainer, delivering training and seminars in every continent (except Antarctica). A frequent speaker at events worldwide, he has spoken for itSMF in 35 countries to date.

    Ivor joined IBM in June 2007, where he supports IBM’s range of IT Service management deliverables, and evangelises about service management. Never frightened to express his own opinions, you can find his material at and at

    ***As this is an itSMF event all bookings should be placed through the following link.***

  • Sat


    Cong, Co Mayo

    Cong Village in Co Mayo will host the second Congregation Social and Digital Media Un-conference ( that takes place on Saturday 29 November.  Based on a model of peer sharing, over 50 Irish and international social media thinkers will descend on the village to discuss digital media and its impact on life and work.

    The one day un-conference will see each of the attendees present on a wide variety of topics from creativity, creating content, crisis management, building communities and hints/tips in using social and digital technology.  Attendees range from business owners, academics, consultants, marketers and the curious.  The event will use a variety of venues in the village including coffee shops, exhibition spaces, restaurants and bars.

    In order to get a place attendees must produce a blog post, which is posted in advance on  On the day groups of 10 people will gather at each of the six venues with three people speaking at each until everyone has presented their thoughts and ideas.  Groups rotate four times during the day to different venues to ensure attendees all connect with each other.

    Submissions are still being accepted and interested attendees are invited to submit their blog paper through the website.  Blog papers need to be 600 words in length maximum and accompanied by a synopsis, four takeaways points, a biography and contact details.  

    Submissions will be taken until 27 November and spaces will be allocated on a first come basis.

    The eBook from last year is available as a download on

  • Tue

    National Innovation Showcase


    Convention Centre, Dublin

    Tuesday 2 December 2014 in the Convention Centre Dublin will see the first national showcase of Ireland’s research, technology expertise and innovation excellence.

    The main focus of the event is on the 38 research centres, technology centres and national research institutes and facilities which have received significant support from the State and are delivering solutions for industry in 6 key themes; energy, food, health & medical technologies, ICT, manufacturing & materials and services and business processes.  Company representatives will be able to meet the teams from the research centres and technology centres relevant to their areas of interest.

    Key speakers at the event include Stefan Lindegaard, an internationally renowned expert on the topic of open innovation and Dr Nicola Millard, a customer experience futurologist who currently works with BT’s global innovation team.

    Following the recent success of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, companies interested in winning contracts to work with ESA should visit the ESA exhibit at the showcase and meet Dr Brian Shortt, ESTEC, manager of technology development for the ESA Science Programme and Ms. Kenza Benamar, Head of the SME Unit at ESA.

    If you would like to attend this free business event you must register in advance via the event website

  • Thu

    ICS IT architect event: How IT architects can strengthen a company brand


    ICS, 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

    Marketing is an essential and core part of every company look at Coke, Apple, IBM, Facebook, etc. their sustained success relies on their brand.

    In this session Laurence O’Bryan will present key activities the IT Architects need to consider when delivering Marketing lead projects.

    Laurence will walk through a number of case studies and examples  grouped in two parts;   

    • The Reasons for the Failure of Marketing Plans
    • The Reasons for the Failure of IT Plans.

    While much of this may be familiar, there is an overlap between IT and Marketing, which Digital Marketing throws up, providing a useful reminder of the critical importance of human dynamics in all planning.

    He will also illustrate the pace of change in the industry which puts constant pressure on all our plans, for technology reasons. This changes the way we all interact and what needs to be delivered.

    Speaker: Laurence O’Bryan

    • Director of the College of Digital Marketing at City Colleges
    • Laurence worked for 25 years in IT sales & marketing. He spent 10 years in the UK with firms such as Tandon and for 7 years was the sales director of a small SaaS firm dealing with financial sector clients.
    • He completed an MBA in marketing in the early ’90′s and a Dip in MIS during the late bronze age at the IMI, 1989.
    • He is the founder of a fast growing online digital marketing service,, which provides digital marketing for mainly US based authors. With over a million self published ebooks expected to come onto the market this year, worldwide, this is a booming niche.
    • Laurence has published three thrillers with Harper Collins, which have been translated into 10 languages. He is also the author of a guide to social media.

  • Thu

    ISA Techbrew: Crowdfunding


    Four Dame Lane, Dublin 2

    The last ISA Techbrew meetup will take place on 4 December 2014 and will focus on the theme of crowdfunding.

    Covered on the night will be talks on:
    ?    What is Crowdfunding and what type of projects are suitable?
    ?    What different types of Crowdfunding exist?
    ?    When should you consider Crowdfunding?
    ?    What are the challenges? What are the complications?
    ?    How do VC’s and Private Investors view Crowdfunded projects for follow-on investment?

    ?Hear from three speakers covering views from Crowdfunding, Tech CEOs, Private Investors.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited & booking** is essential.?? To book, visit

  • Fri

    One-day Agile, Scrum workshop

    This one-day training will introduce you to the fundamental principles of Agile and practices of Scrum. Attendees will participate in many hands-on activities that will help them practice the theory they learn.

    This one-day course is an introduction to Agile principles and Scrum values. This teaches the principles and practices that make Scrum effective in managing projects. The course uses the principles of Scrum and Agile, where the learning outcome is driven by the needs of the participants through a combination of expert instruction and self-directed learning. Opportunities to reflect and adapt the direction of the course are offered at regular intervals.

    Elements which will be covered during the one day course:

    • Scrum in Practice: the course is designed to illustrate Scrum in action
    • Understanding of the Agile Manifesto and what it means to them
    • Essence of Scrum: values, foundations and a new way of thinking
    • Understanding how Scrum values and foundations are related to the practices
    • Get a sense of what self-organization is (and is not)
    • Can draw a diagram of mechanics of Scrum: framework, roles, artifacts & flow

    At the end of this course, delegates would take away:

    • PMPs: You can earn CCR 8 PDUs for this course
    • Online Training on basic Scrum Concepts
    • A glossary of terms that were covered during the class
    • A Soft copy of the slide deck will be emailed at all registrants
    • A reading list for further learning
    • Attendees will get 5% discount for our upcoming scrum certification programs conducted by Global Impeccable

    At the end of the training the participants will have the confidence and understanding to begin to socialize Scrum at their own organization and departmental units in improving their processes and output.

    You will learn the concepts & practices that you can take to your projects, teams, and organization and make a difference right away. You will learn how to lead teams in Agile or Scrum mode.

    For more details please log on to: AgileCredential

  • Mon

    (ISC)2 Inaugural Security Congress


    Bloomsbury Hotel, London

    The inaugural (ISC)²Security Congress EMEA takes place from 8 to 10 December 2014, a The Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

    Submission are now open with a closing date of 4 July.

    Set to the overall theme of strengthening cybersecurity defenders, the congress is open to all interested industry professionals. Building on the experience of the US-based (ISC)2 Security Congress, now in its fourth year, the EMEA congress will offer a comprehensive seminar programme, over five focused tracks, a pre-conference day of training workshops, and special interest sessions, along with a gala dinner. Keynotes and plenaries will be complemented by a broad review of current industry concerns in the following tracks: governance, risk & compliance; mobile security; human factor; architecture; and data security.

    The EMEA congress 2014 is the latest development in (ISC)2′s global event programme, which currently includes 14 one-day (ISC)2 information and software security events held in major cities throughout EMEA.

    For presentation submission requirements and to learn more, please visit:

  • Wed

    NDRC LaunchPad open evening


    NDRC, Crane Street, Dublin 8

    NDRC is inviting applications for investment and participation in its next NDRC LaunchPad programme, which will begin in early March 2015.

    The NDRC LaunchPad programme is recognised as Ireland’s leading digital accelerator programme, and the next programme which will begin in March (

    This will be the eleventh time NDRC has run the international award winning programme which is the perfect fit for tech entrepreneurs with a bold vision to provide disruptive solutions into large and growing markets. The programme is particularly suited to exceptional early stage startup teams who are developing a digital business model innovation.

    NDRC’s 15 week programme has a track record that is second-to-none in bringing through ventures that are investor-ready and primed to disrupt their markets. Notable alumni include:

    ·       Soundwave: Music discovery & analytics company, and recently shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Category, with investment from Mark Cuban amongst others.

    ·       Adaptics trading as Drop: The first digital scale that hooks up with a recipe platform for baking, who recently closed a funding round of €2 million led by Frontline Ventures.

    ·       Boxever: The travel marketing software specialist who recently signed a major deal with Ryanair, and recently raised €4m in investment.

    ·       Video Elephant: The video marketplace who recently secured €1 million in funding in a second round of investment led by ACT Venture Capital.

    ·       PharmaPod: The medication-related incident management software platform for pharmacists and whose founder, Leonora O’Brien, was announced as Entrepreneur of the Year at Women of the Year Awards.

    NDRC LaunchPad will begin in March 2015. As well as participation in the 15-week programme, participating companies access up to €20,000 in micro-seed investment.

    Closing date for applications is 6 January but interested parties are encouraged to apply sooner due to the expected high volume of entries.

    Attendance is free but registration is essential. Visit here for more.

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