Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cisco Galway Celebrates a Decade as Global Collaboration Innovation Hub

In the glow of being named the Best Workplace in Ireland for medium sized businesses on Thursday 23rd February, Cisco Galway also celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. For the last decade, the town of Oranmore, on the outskirts of Galway city, has played host to a major innovation hub and R&D site for Cisco’s Global Collaboration business.

Cisco Collaboration products make it simple and delightful to communicate and work together. The company’s vision is a world where technology fades into the background so you can get your best work done with your team—anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Engineers from Cisco Galway are at the centre of R&D innovations that deliver on this vision and are instrumental in software developments across the entire collaboration portfolio, including WebEx®, Cisco TelePresence®, Jabber® and the game-changing Cisco Spark™ Cloud Collaboration Service.

With one individual holding the global title of ‘Top Innovator’ in the collaboration business for three consecutive years, Cisco Galway is home to leading innovations that remove barriers to technology; whether in how devices and software platforms work together, or the way you use Cisco collaboration technology.

Visiting the site to mark the celebration, Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President & General Manager, IoT and Applications Group, Cisco, commented, “I am so proud that we have the best engineers building and designing amazing products that help teams get their best work done. With 95 percent of the Fortune 500 using Cisco collaboration products, we know that this is in large due to our people, and the people of Cisco Galway play a key role in making that happen.”

Pat Hession, R&D Site Leader, Cisco Galway, added, “Given the velocity of technological advancement over the last 10 years, we take great pride in being part of Cisco, and at the forefront of technological advancements. We’ve built a formidable team here, who as well as developing world class products, take great satisfaction in leveraging Cisco’s fantastic community and social responsibility programs to support local community activities and charities in the Galway region. We’re delighted by Best Place to Work award and we’re hugely excited for the future.”

Martin Shanahan Chief Executive Officer of IDA Ireland said: “Over the past ten years Cisco has thrived in Galway and the company brand has since become synonymous with innovation. Cisco has contributed significantly to the local economy and enhanced the reputation of the county as a prominent tech hub. Ireland continues to be a viewed an attractive location for FDI as a result of highly skilled talent pool and pro-business infrastructure. The IDA is committed not only to securing but also to supporting investment in regional locations, and today’s celebration is testament to the success of that strategy. I wish Cisco every success going forward with their next ten years in Ireland.”

As the Best Medium-Sized Workplace in Ireland, Cisco provides an engaging and rewarding working environment for employees, with initiatives such as ‘bring your kids to work’ days, fundraising throughout the year and the ability for employees to volunteer for organisations of their choice with five paid days per employee per year given by the company as ‘Time to Give’.

As an employer in Galway, Cisco have a strong presence with the local community, helping to support IT skills for all ages, including complimentary computer classes for elderly members of the local community, provided by staff, supporting Girls in Tech programmes with local secondary schools and engagement with university students across multiple initiatives.