The new Board of the IIA launched its Vision and Mission this week, in the light of a recent strategic review.
At an event well attended by a mix of industry veterans, new innovators and long-standing IIA partners, plans
for 2017 were discussed and these included a wide variety of activities and initiatives. CEO Alex Gogan outlined how Advocacy will play
an important role for the organisation, to give members a voice when it comes to issues of policy and best practice.
The IEDR was announced as the primary partner for the Dot.IE Net Visionary Awards 2017, with a date for this to be confirmed shortly
The MyeComm Kit will be completed and launched and this will be a tool to help SME’s identify the best internet tools to use to drive future growth.
Enterprise Ireland is funding a number of regional events to promote the kit and members will be invited to attend these events at no cost.
Elevon were announced as new partners for the IIA and other sponsors are coming on board shortly.
The Diploma in Digital Marketing, run in conjunction with the Irish Times Training Dept., continues to be popular with two courses kicking off shortly.
Two new initiatives included an intention to launch into Northern Ireland, in the face of Brexit. And the Internet of Things (IOT) will be a focus for educational events.
All-in-all exciting times ahead and lots of opportunity for members to access resources, network, build their profile and engage with the IIA
IIA Strategic Review
For almost 20 years, the Irish Internet Association (IIA) has played a pivotal role in terms of being the independent representative body for internet businesses in Ireland.
Recently a Strategic Review was undertaken and this has been extremely helpful in giving the new Board of Directors a basis for identifying a new Vision and Mission for the organisation
You are invited to read this document and we trust you will see the benefits for members in having a clear strategy going forward.
Dear Members and Friends of the IIA,
We wanted to provide you with an update on where we are and the good things that are happening behind the scenes.
Update 1: Future of the Organisation
· Following the AGM the outgoing board has been working with a number of interested stakeholders to ensure the future of the IIA is a bright one.
Update 2: Strategic Review
· At the IIA AGM on 22nd November it was agreed by a unanimous vote of members that a business strategy consultant would be engaged to undertake a consensus-building exercise to identify a vision, mission statement and strategic priorities for the IIA.
To complete the survey, please click here:
· The survey will remain open until Thursday 19th of January, following which the final report will be compiled and shared with Members. Your feedback will be pivotal in determining the future direction of the IIA.
Update 3: Renewals
· Membership renewals are on hold until the new board is in place. This is the right thing to do based on the current situation of the IIA as it has no capacity to deliver as it has no staff at present.
Update 4: Diploma Courses
· We are still very much open for business and our Diploma courses are running this month. If you wish to book you can find all the details on the IIA website or you can email us at email@example.com . Also if you know anyone who is interested in doing a course please spread the word.
We hope that covers everything. If you have anything you want to ask or anything you want to contribute to the IIA you are more than welcome to email us.
Irish Internet Association
- Joan Mulvihill, outgoing CEO of the IIA, celebrated at the dot ie Net Visionary Awards 2016 in the RDS with over 300 attendees
- Intercom’s Des Traynor inducted into the IIA Hall of Fame
- Awards recognise innovation and entrepreneurship in technology across Social Media, Design to Agriculture
Joan Mulvihill, outgoing CEO of the IIA, was honoured with the Irish Internet Association’s (IIA) 2016 Overall Net Visionary Winner at the IIA dot ie Net Visionary Awards.
In addition, 17 other winners were also announced following a rigorous judging process over the summer.
The awards now in their 18th year took place in the RDS Concert Hall with over 300 attendees from a wide variety of sectors from agriculture to retail.
The dot ie Net Visionary Winners 2016 are:
|OVERALL NET VISIONARY WINNER||Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the IIA|
|IIA Hall of Fame Inductee 2016||Des Traynor, Intercom|
|Best in Universal Design||SPUNOUT.ie|
|Best Website Design – ‘most joyous to look at and splendid to use’||The Friday Agency for www.stpatrickscathedral.ie|
|Best Web Development Agency||Square1.io|
|Best Cloud Service to Optimise Business Performance||Bizimply|
|Best Mobile Service or Application||DPD Parcel Wizard|
|Best Internationally Scaling Irish Business||Roomex|
|Best Start-up- the one to watch for 2017||Wia|
|Best eCommerce Execution by a Retailer||iClothing|
|Best International Newcomer – ‘Welcome to the neighbourhood’||Optimal Workshop|
|Best Social Media Campaign||The Friday Agency for www.TDer.ie|
|Best Brand Marketing – seamless integration of online and offline messaging||RTE for The 1916 Commemoration|
|Best Use of Video and Imaging Tools for Digital Marketing||Glanbia for BSN Supplements|
|Best Use of Technology to make the world a better place||www.spunout.ie|
|Best Innovation for Financial Services||TransferMate|
|Best Innovation in Health/Medical||Beats Medical|
|Best Innovation for Agri- Food Sector||Glanbia’s www.mymilkman.ie|
|Best Innovation in Technology for Learning||Doodle Creative|
Joan Mulvihill, CEO of IIA commented “The awards continue to demonstrate the pace and breadth of innovation across Irish industry and exemplify technology as the catalyst for much of this change. Technology is not an industry vertical. It is for all industries, across all sectors. I’ve no doubt the future Net Visionaries will come from sectors completely unrelated to the traditional technology sector in the coming years.”
Mulvihill to step down as CEO
After seven years, Joan Mulvihill will step down as the CEO of the Irish Internet Association. Joan has played a pivotal role in helping drive education across Irish business around technology as well as campaigning tirelessly on key issues affecting over 40,000 people directly employed in the Irish technology and start up community.
The awards marked a fitting end to seven years as the CEO of the Irish Internet Association. Under her leadership the IIA has played a pivotal role in representing the needs and key issues of members and the wider business community nationwide. From the start Joan Mulvihill set out a bold goal to ‘make Ireland a leading web-enabled economy’. With a legacy that includes the hugely successful Digitise the Nation programme, the NSAI Swift 10 for Cloud Adoption, MyECommKit for ecommerce adoption, the award winning public affairs campaign that led on Skills Shortage as well as Ireland’s inaugural Open Data week, Joan has played a crucial role in both reflecting and understanding the changing nature of the technology industry.
“David Curtin, CEO of IE Domain Registry (IEDR) commented: “ This is our sixth year as headline sponsor of the dot ie Net Visionary Awards and we are delighted to partner again with the IIA to celebrate digital innovation and digital innovators.
One of the main reasons why the dot ie Net Visionary Awards are so important is that it showcases our industry leaders, and it also lets other Irish businesses visualise the endless possibilities that the digital economy presents.
At IEDR, we would also like to recognise the contribution of Joan Mulvihill to the success of these Awards over the years, and even more important, her contribution to the wider IIA and its vital work in promoting technology amongst all sectors of the Irish business community. Her work has been invaluable in driving-on this objective and we wish her every success for the future.
Mulvihill concluded on the IIA Hall of Fame inductee, “Tonight marks something very special for the industry. In recognising Des Traynor for his part in co-founding Intercom and his phenomenal contribution to the community, we are also recognising his values and qualities as a leader. Des is focused on the importance of great design of a great product and in doing so he has built something extraordinary with Intercom. People like Des, and indeed all of those attending tonight make you see what it means to have a real community. It’s the support and generosity of these that makes Ireland such a great place to be and we are very proud of the fact that the IIA has been part of the journey for so many of them. Intercom were first shortlisted for a category award back in 2012. Eamonn Leonard, the Overall Net Visionary Winner that same year was an early stage investor in Intercom. Eamonn had previously worked for Ray Nolan (Overall Net Visionary Winner 2006). In celebrating Des Traynor’s induction to the IIA Hall of Fame we mark a decade of Irish entrepreneurs supporting one another. Government policy must now support them”.
Ireland’s Internet Day 2016, in association with the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), is for anyone interested in or involved with the internet in Ireland and beyond.
It takes place on Thursday, 27 October 2016, when leading Irish and international digital innovators will come together for an inspiring half-day SME seminar to celebrate Ireland’s second annual Internet Day.
We’ll have talks from digital disrupters that are using tech to transform the customer experience. We’ll hear from businesses that have broken the mould to meet the changing needs of e-consumers. SMEs that have kicked the door wide open into new export markets will tell us how they did it. https://www.internetday.ie/agenda/
Our headline speaker is Emma Sinclair, MBE. Emma is an entrepreneur and businesswoman whose career spans investment banking to car parks to business software. She has been described by Tatler as a tech leader who will ‘be running the universe one day’.
In short, if they are making waves in the digital marketplace, then you’ll find them here.
WHEN – Thursday 27 October 2016
WHERE – Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
WHY ATTEND – Are you someone who wants to scale their business using digital tools and technology? Get amazing insights from companies who have built hugely successful online businesses
HOW MUCH – Tickets (25% discount) are €37.50 for IIA members. Discount code IIAIEINTDAY. www.internetday.ie/book-your-ticket/
THE EXTRAS – Free headshots for all attendees. Opportunity to win a cash bursary of €1,000 for one lucky attendee at Internet Day. Draw will take place during lunch at 1.30pm
If you have a website and are engaging with customers online we need to hear from you!The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is asking Irish businesses to participate in research designed to support Irish SMEs adopt their best fit e-commerce solutions. To participate, simply click here.
This research builds on previous IEDR research carried out in 2015 to highlight the scale of the ecommerce gap in Ireland. This highlighted that almost 40% of SMEs don’t even have a website and of those that do, 68% cannot process payments on their site. Given that Irish consumers spend €8.5million daily almost 80% of that is spent with overseas retailers.
This new initiative will look to develop a diagnostic tool to enable Irish SMEs find the best route to sell online. Once developed the IIA will run nationwide clinics to help participants adopt the best fit e-commerce solution will be hold information days, clinics and workshops all over the country with the support of the IEDR, AIB, AIB Merchant Services to get this to as many business owners as possible.
This research phase is being powered by Qualtrics and it is open to businesses selling online.
Research of the Irish Internet Association (IIA) Reveal State of IT Professional Stress:
Dublin 2nd December 2015: 71% of Irish full time IT Professionals are sacrificing their health and personal lives to meet work demands. 87% of Irish IT professionals are losing out on personal time due work calls and emails. In fact 59% never take their full holiday entitlement with 47% reporting that work pressures are contributing to family conflict.
The research conducted by the Irish Internet Association (IIA) examined how workplace demands and stress impacted across their health, family life and work. It found that over half (54%) felt they did not have enough time to accomplish their tasks.
The research was conducted by the IIA in October 2015 and surveyed 200 IT professionals from a range of SMEs and large organisations.
Health of the IT Nation
When asked about their employers, 61% were uncertain if their employer cared about their mental health, with 41.5% unsure if their employer cared about their physical well-being. Over a quarter of those interviewed reported never exercising due to work pressure, while 32% reported that the demands of work was impacting on their diet.
Nearly half of IT professionals interviewed reported family tension and arguments caused by word demands encroaching on their personal time. 87% of those interviewed highlighted that they have had personal time regularly interrupted by work calls or emails. When it comes to downtime in the evening or weekends, 63% of them took work home in the evenings and weekends. In fact, 59% of those interviewed never took their full holidays due to work demands, causing stress in their family life.
Nearly three quarters (69%) report working up 60 hours a week. Over half (54%) of those surveyed feel they do not have enough time to accomplish all their tasks. More worryingly, 41% of this surveyed felt they have too much work to cope. In terms of their employer, 65% of those interviewed highlighted that their workplace did not any reactional facilities. Even for companies that have such facilities 42% of employees do not have enough time to make use of them.
“Without a doubt there are untold exciting career opportunities in the technology sector and the Irish Internet Association has been campaigning to address the digital skills shortage since 2012. More than anything, I believe this survey highlights that this skills shortage is having a serious knock-on effect for those currently employed in the sector. The number of respondents who feel they have more work than they can reasonably cope with is a worrying trend. From a business perspective, it simply makes sense that we do not exacerbate the current skills shortage by failing to acknowledge and address the implications of stress and burnout in terms of talent retention and development. Likewise we cannot in good conscience continue to entice people to work in our businesses if we do not invest in and care for them once they are there. I believe that most member organisations are committed to their employees but in light of these responses we must clearly do more. We live and work in a time where people are increasingly ‘on’ and we need to improve the demarcation lines between family time and work time if we are to retain great people and support their development”.
|Stress on Health|
|· 61% unsure if employer cares about their mental wellbeing|
|· 41.5% unsure if their employer care about their physical wellbeing
· 32% feel work has negatively impacted their diet
|· 25% of IT professionals never exercise due to work pressure|
|· 86.6% of IT professionals have had personal time interrupted by calls or emails from work|
|· 63% take work home on evening and weekends|
|· 59% of IT workers never take their full holiday entitlement|
|· 47% percent have been in family conflict over work demands in personal time|
|Stressful Working Life|
|· 41% believe they have too much work to cope|
|· 54% believe they do not have enough time to accomplish tasks|
|· 69% of all it employees work 50- 60 hours per week|
|· 42% of employees don’t use recreational facilities that are provided due to lack of time|
Cyril Moloney – PSG Plus.
Phone: 01 634 2509 or 086 0479462
About the IIA
The Irish Internet Association (the IIA) is the independent representative body for internet businesses in Ireland. Established in 1997 it has been at the forefront of ensuring that Irish businesses and citizens have the skills, infrastructure and network of support needed to drive growth in the economy. Working with agile start-ups, scaling SMEs and indigenous and FDI corporates, the IIA have a unique insight into the ICT sector in Ireland.
The IIA is a non-profit business association. Members of the association include suppliers of Internet services and products as well as those using the medium for communication, marketing and commerce.
For more information contact Joan Mulvihill, +353 (0)1 542 4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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New awards have also been added. International internet businesses who have chosen Ireland will for the first time be recognised specifically for their contribution to the ecosystem with “Best International Newcomer–Welcome to the neighbourhood”. There are four new innovation categories that showcase the best of Irish technology across all spheres of life – Education, Health/Medtech, Agri/Food and Financial services.
As the year of design, the CEUD are awarding a special Best in Universal Design Award that will be adjudicated from all entries across all categories.
The DOT IE Net Visionary Awards are so called in tribute to the IIA’s headline sponsors, the IE Domain Registry, now in their 5th year in this title position. Their contribution and that of all of the awards sponsors is testament to their belief in the integrity of these industry leading awards.
The Award Categories 2015
- Best Website – joyous to look at and splendid to use – Sponsor: Blacknight
- Best Web Development Agency – Sponsor: Microsoft
- Best Cloud Services for SMEs –
- Best Mobile Application – indispensable to its users – Sponsor: Register 365
- Best International Scaling Irish Business – Sponsor: Silicon Valley Bank
- Best Start-Up – the one to watch for 2016 – Sponsor: Arekibo
- Best Ecommerce Execution by a Retailer
- Best International Newcomer–“Welcome to the neighbourhood” – Sponsor – The Digital Hub
- Best Social Media Campaign
- Best Brand Marketing – Sponsor: Irish Times Training
- Best Use of Video for Digital Marketing
- Best Use of Technology for Social Good – Sponsor: Electric Ireland
- Best Innovation for Financial Services – Sponsor: Telecity
- Best Innovation for Medical Services – Sponsor: BDO
- Best Innovation for Agri/Food Sector – Sponsor – Dimension Data / Alcatel Lucent
- Best Innovation for Education Services
Best in Universal Design Award – Supported By the Centre of Excellence for Universal Design
DOT IE Overall Net Visionary Award – Headline Sponsor – IEDR
The Wolfgang Lab has been frantically busy in recent weeks as we collected & collated a very large sample of data from Irish E-Commerce Websites.
We’re delighted to announce that the Wolfgang Irish E-Commerce Study for Q2 2014 is now out.
We have figures, trends and insights galore for your analysis.