Sunday Business Post
5th October 2004.
During the course of yesterday, Monday, we at the IIA office received many calls and emails from our members and some non-members in relation to your editorial comment in the Computers in Business supplement to the Sunday Business Post concerning web hosting.
The feedback ranged from mildly negative to irate.
Not disputing that there are web-hosting facilities available overseas for less than some local providers, this does not imply good value. Most companies will look to their internet provider for web hosting, email, domain name registration, possible site development, SPAM management, security advice, ecommerce packages and a range of other related services. In addition they seek support and often advice on the best way forward as they embrace and open up to internet technologies.
The local companies with whom we work provide these services with the supporting infrastructure that makes a real value proposition. I believe your readers are better advised to seek value solutions from local providers and not take the advice as you suggest. These local companies can work with their customers as business partners.
The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is currently establishing with its members six industry working groups in the area of SPAM, Mobile Internet, Legal, Digital Market Media, Domain Registration & Hosting and the User Experience. Each of these groups represents people from the internet industry and each is chaired by a member of the IIA board. Eoin Costello is leading the Domain Registration and Hosting Group. These groups come together voluntarily to produce advice and support for businesses engaged in the internet. We will shortly be calling for more industry participation in these groups and perhaps you will encourage your readers to get involved.
We have had seen a vary noticeable uptake in the internet industry over the past twelve months, with more members, more events and more enquiries every day. I hope that you will take the effort to publish our response and work with us in getting people involved so that businesses can share experiences and knowledge, engage in business development opportunities and earn profile and credibility by joining and participating in the IIA.
Chairman, Irish Internet Association