Eight world-class indigenous software firms were today presented with prestigious awards at the Irish Software Association (ISA) annual software industry awards ceremony in the Burlington Hotel. The awards, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, William Fry, Helix Health and Science Foundation Ireland, recognised the outstanding contribution that the software industry makes to Ireland’s smart economy.
Company of the Year went to Helix Health, which employs 88 people in Dublin and Limerick, for its strong focus on innovation and clear export strategy based on high value sales to larger clients. With a 98 per cent client renewal rate, Helix Health is Ireland’s largest indigenous healthcare IT provider and is emerging as an international player.
The winners of the remaining categories were:
Emerging Software Business award ServiceFrame (Dublin)
Technology Software Start-Up of the Year award DataHug (Cork)
Sales Achievement award AdaptiveMobile (Dublin)
Corporate Social Responsibility award SAP Business Objects (Dublin)
Academic Collaboration award Twelve Horses (Dublin)
Business Collaboration award Qumas (Cork)
Technical Innovation award dotMobi (Dublin)
Software Industry Person of the Year went to Ms Bernie Cullinan, CEO of Clarigen. Bernie is a long-time contributor to the Irish software sector: she set up the Leadership 4 Growth programme for Irish managers in Stanford University; chaired the ISA from 2005 to 2007; and is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Alex Sintoni from UCD won the Student of the Year award.
Congratulating the winners, Dr Sean Baker, Chair of the ISA said: “Irish software companies have had tremendous successes this year. In contrast to turmoil in the rest of the economy, technology has performed strongly with a net employment growth rate of 6 per cent this year. The indigenous software sector currently employs over 10,000 people in Ireland with combined sales of €1.4 billion to the economy. Ireland has developed a thriving indigenous software industry and I have no doubt that this will continue in spite of the downturn.”
Director of the ISA, Paul Sweetman said: “These awards celebrate some of the tremendous successes Irish software companies have had this year. They show that with good product offerings, determination and innovation indigenous companies can achieve international successes and compete against larger multinational corporations.
“The awards are an important benchmark for the Irish software industry and have become increasingly important to companies over the past number of year. I congratulate all of the winners and wish them continued success for the coming year.”