Hortonworks® Continues European Expansion, Opens for Business in Ireland
I’m very excited about our announcement earlier today that we have opened another European office by expanding our operations with a new office in Cork, Ireland. Building on our presence at the heart of London, we are continuing to grow internationally in Europe and beyond as ore and more organizations realize value from their big data initiatives.
Why put our new office in Cork? Simply put there is a tremendous pool of technical, sales and administrative talent in Cork. We plan to add up to 50 people over the next 18 months across a wide range of business areas so access to all of these skills will enable us to grow our local staff quickly.
We celebrated the opening today with an event in Cork attended by local dignitaries, representatives from the Irish Development Agency (IDA), members of the press, and customers and partners.
Amongst the dignitaries we were pleased to have Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine speak at the event today. About the new offices he said, “I am delighted to announce the official opening of Hortonworks’ offices. This addition builds on the existing track record Cork holds as a Tech Hub and attracting FDI to the region. The local educational institutions UCC and CIT are responsive and continuously working with industry to develop a top class pool of graduates in the southwest region. I wish Hortonworks continued growth and success for the future.”
Hortonworks’ Cork office will provide space for an expanded global technical support team for our more than 800 customers as well as space for other operational professionals. Additionally, it will offer an ideal location to welcome partners such as our local system integrator partner Bluemetrix who spoke about the importance of our new office. At the event today Liam English, founder and chief executive officer said “The volume and sources of data have increased exponentially and the pressure on Irish businesses to operate in the ‘always-on’ environment has grown dramatically,” “The partnership with Hortonworks will further enhance our Hadoop and big data capabilities, and help us provide our clients with the most up to date tools, resources and training. This will also enable local businesses to turn data into actionable insights.” We will also be able to work closely with our large technology partners such as EMC and VMWare.
We also had several representatives from the IDA at the event. In talking about Hortonworks move to open an office in Cork Martin Shanahan, CEO at IDA Ireland said, “Targeting companies in the big data space is something the IDA has focused on in recent years. Hortonworks is a prime example of a company thriving in this sector. The 50 new roles that Hortonworks has announced here today will be filled by candidates with Tech Support, Finance, HR, Marketing, IT and Operations backgrounds. Talent remains the number one reason that companies choose to locate in Ireland.”
Hortonworks move into Cork will be a long and fruitful partnership. If you are visiting Cork and want to stop by feel free. Like London we are located right in the heart of Cork at 5 Lapps Quay, Cork/Ireland.