A Swiss software company is investing big in its new Blanchardstown development centre

Tech firm SoftwareOne has announced plans to pump €16 million into Irish operations and hire a raft of developers.

By Killian Woods Reporter, Fora

A SWISS-HEADQUARTERED software company is set to invest €16 million in an Irish expansion that will see the firm open a tech development centre in Blanchardstown.

SoftwareOne, which was established in 1985, specialises in providing solutions that help companies save on the cost of their software portfolio and licences software from top publishers such as Microsoft, Adobe and McAfee.

The expansion comes five years after the company first expanded into Ireland when it opened its Cork offices. Globally, SoftwareOne has operations in 82 countries and hires 3,000 technology consultants.

As part of the Irish expansion plans, the company is looking to hire 100 new staff including senior scrum masters, full stack developers, front end developers, test engineers and user experience expert.

It is also looking to bolster its HR, finance, sales and administration staff in Ireland. The majority of the new jobs will based in Dublin.

Recently, the company has branched out into the development of cloud technology and has launched its PyraCloud Platform – a service that will help businesses transfer their software-based operations to the cloud.

Speaking at the announcement of the investment in a new Blanchardstown office, SoftwareOne head of innovation Mike Gersten said the new staff hired will be part of further updates and developments to this new solution called PyraCloud.

“This platform provides our customers with insight and actions to ensure they get the highest return on their software investment, both on premises and in the cloud,” he said.

“Our current customers that use the platform, they are experiencing somewhere between 10% to 30% cost reduction on their overall software stake by leveraging the platform. We think we can get that to closer to 30% by hiring strong development talent.”

He added that the new office in Ireland is one of only four development centres SoftwareOne has worldwide and the company chose Ireland for its fourth centre due to the strong base of ICT talent coming from third-level education.