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WIT Felicity Kelliher David DempseyA new book for those wondering how to make sustainable incomes from cloud computing and software as a service reveals that securing SaaS subscription renewal is critical to the survival and prosperity of this business.

Published by Palgrave MacMillan, Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models is co-authored by David Dempsey, Senior Vice President and Country Leader at Salesforce Ireland (an original co-founder of Salesforce EMEA) and Felicity Kelliher, Senior Lecturer in Management and Co-founder of the award winning RIKON group at Waterford Institute of Technology(WIT), School of Business, Ireland. Dempsey is a graduate of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at WIT.

Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models will be of interest to those within the software as a service (SaaS) sector seeking to maximise sustainable revenue as well as client business owners and managers.

Exploring the Cloud Computing (CC) commercial landscape as it matures the authors examine the new paradigm it is creating for the distribution of computer software applications among business-to-business (B2B) clients. The primary research presented in this book seeks to examine the key drivers behind the B2B SaaS subscription renewal decision and, in doing so, to explore the recurring revenue framework for the Cloud SaaS business. 

Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models offers readers a visual tool for assessing a Business-to-Business (B2B) revenue renewal decision process and presents strategies of how SaaS providers might entice B2B clients to remain with a specific SaaS provider over time.

Dr David Dempsey says “Cloud Computing has brought about the democratisation of the Software Industry.  Whether an SME, Mid Market or Enterprise level business, the Cloud completely transforms software delivery and consumption. Expanded markets bring empowered customers who expect their suppliers to engage with them in completely new ways. This book looks at the historical basis of Cloud, its transformation and growth and the business opportunities and risks it brings to the software marketplace. For academics and industry practitioners alike, it offers insightful reading, built on well-researched and timely academic and industry context.”

Dr Felicity Kelliher says “Businesses have come to expect software applications to be perpetually available and paid for as consumed, changing traditional software revenue models forever. This SaaS revenue model places new pressures on software as a service (SaaS) providers to fully comprehend the customer’s decision process when purchasing or renewing a SaaS contract. The book offers a means for those servicing the B2B market to consider these criteria in detail and in doing so, helping to guarantee their future revenue stream”.

In the foreword highly regarded European software industry figure Steve Garnett writes: “This book is primarily concerned with the expectation that the customer, or consumer, of Cloud Computing Software as a Service (SaaS) subscriptions is empowered like never before to pick and choose both their SaaS infrastructure and their service provider. This empowerment, combined with the ever-increasing array of supplier choice, means the commercial software developer is now presented with both an unprecedented opportunity and an unbound exposure in this new democratic software distribution, consumption and monetisation world.”

WaterfordGreenway3Waterford’s All Ireland title hopes are very much alive as the county’s stunning Greenway has been shortlisted in the coveted All Ireland Community and Council Awards, to be held in Croke Park next month.

As the Waterford Greenway edges towards its 1st birthday on 25th March, Waterford City and County Council has confirmed that the 46km off-road cycling and walking trail has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ section of the IPB Insurance and Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) event, which will take place on Saturday, 3rd February 2018.

The awards recognise and celebrate community and councils working together and provide a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work done within our communities; to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives, the organisers say.

While the Waterford Greenway is one of Ireland’s newest tourism offerings, it has already attracted close to 250,000 visitors from all over Ireland and abroad. Winning the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ category, which is sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, would be a huge boost and a massive coup, Waterford City and County Council Mayor, Cllr. Pat Nugent, said.

“We’re very proud of the Waterford Greenway and great credit has to go to the staff who have developed and maintain it, to the surrounding communities who have embraced it and promoted it and to the 247,000 plus visitors who used it between March and early December of last year.

“The competition is formidable and other finalists are drawn from Wicklow, Tipperary, Leitrim, Mid-Ulster and Mayo. But being shortlisted is a huge honour and helps us bring the Waterford Greenway message to an even wider audience through the Awards,” the Mayor added.

Since it opened in March of this year, 247,545 have enjoyed using it; 105,639 on foot and 141,906 have cycled it. Well over 9 out of 10 (94%) of visitors to the Waterford Greenway www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com rated it as either excellent or good, a comprehensive report published in December showed. Chief Executive with Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh, is hopeful that they may scoop the coveted award.

“It will be great to fly the Waterford flag in Croke Park for the Awards and we’re hoping it will be a good omen for great things to come for Waterford in 2018. The data we gleaned from the pre-Christmas report on the Greenway was extremely encouraging and it was fantastic to see the Greenway being used for so many purposes and by so many age groups right throughout the year.

“Visitors and local people alike take great pride in it. We’re planning further investment and further attractions along the Greenway and are in negotiations with a number of groups regarding same. It’s been a phenomenal boost to Waterford and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The Tourism Award criteria shows that it is specifically aimed at rewarding an initiative which directly increases visitor numbers to an area or to Ireland overall. It also aims to recognise an initiative or project that has helped improve the way we care for our visitors. “The impact this initiative has had, or is having, on visitor numbers and on communities, will be taken into consideration, as will the effect it is having on businesses, both new and existing,” the awards criteria continues.

The Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest greenway and the spectacular, 46km off-road cycling and walking trail stretches from the Viking City of Waterford to the picturesque coastal town of Dungarvan.

Visitors are invited to travel along Waterford  Greenway from the City along the River Suir, by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains, the Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay.

LEO Student Enterprise EXPOThe breadth of talent is amazing at the 3rd Waterford Student Enterprise Expo on the morning of Thursday, 25th January with over one hundred businesses showing their enterprise ideas, products and services.

Nearly 1,000 students started the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Awards in September of last year and now these students from fifteen secondary schools in Waterford will showcase their business ideas to the public from the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore.

All are welcome to attend, and to meet the students and see the new innovations and business ideas. WLR fm’s Eamon Keane will be broadcasting Deise Today live from the event between 10am and 12 noon.

100 businesses created by transition year students from Ring, Lismore, Dungarvan, Tramore and Waterford City will be represented at this bigger and better Waterford Student Enterprise Expo, hosted by the Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Richie Walsh of the Local Enterprise Office commented on the importance of the event, “The Expo gives the students a wonderful opportunity to experience interacting with the public and communicating their ideas.”

“We at the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford would like to invite everyone along to this FREE event on the morning of Thursday January 25th in the W.I.T. Arena. Every corner of the county will be represented, so we hope there will be lots of visitors from all over Waterford.”

The students, schools and Local Enterprise Office appeal to the public to visit the Student Enterprise Expo to support the work they have put into their businesses and encourage their efforts. Keep up to date with the students’ progress on the Waterford, Student Enterprise Awards Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter via #WfdStudentExpo.

For more information please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), which celebrates 30 years of music this year, has launched its first online music course for music professionals and fans alike.

The Western Art Music: Baroque to Mid-20th Century module explores the main developments in Western Art Music beginning with the Baroque era and progressing to the mid-20th century, in the context of political and social change. The most significant composers and seminal works of each era will be examined in this musical journey through the ages, with the online delivery ensuring a flexible and accessible learning experience.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 26 January and the module will begin the following week. Running for 12 weeks, it is a 5-credit course.

The online delivery features a combination of Adobe Connect sessions, where everyone online at the same time in a virtual classroom environment, and self-directed learning. New lecture materials and other resources will be released each week.

Watch this space for further short courses including Irish Traditional Music (online delivery) and keyboard skills (classroom delivery).

“This course is for anyone who loves music. It will bring them through the different eras, giving an insight into what is behind the main works and composers of Western Art Music,” says Dr Hazel Farrell, course leader.

“We are delighted that in our 30th year of the BA (Hons) Music programme at WIT, we are now moving into the online learning sphere.”

More details are available at www.wit.ie/parttime or at an upcoming open day.

CAO applicants, school leavers, their teachers and parents, as well as graduates and adults interested in part-time, postgraduate and full-time undergraduate study can start the new year with new ideas with a choice of two WIT open days this January.

The WIT Arena, which has become a popular venue for large-scale events over the past year, is the setting for the open days on 19 and 20 January 2017.

On Friday, 19 January, students from secondary schools and colleges of further education across the region and beyond are among thousands to see what options are available on their doorstep at the region’s largest institute of technology.

On Saturday, 20 January, the doors are open to prospective adult students as well as school leavers and their parents – with information available on part-time, postgrad, and Springboard courses as well as undergraduate courses. 

On Thursday, 8 February WIT is running a Music Student Experience day, aimed at students wishing to pursue the BA (Hons) in Music programme at WIT. This is the third year of the popular event and students from secondary schools and Colleges of Further Education are invited to experience life as a music student in WIT for one day. Details are available on the WIT website and places must be pre-booked due to the high level of interest. To book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is the world's largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. It offers students the chance to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths related subjects in an exciting and challenging way and compete with other students at a national and international level. The Ardscoil na Mara Tramore Team is made up of four members, aged 15-17.

The Team: Sergiu Cecan, Padraig Brennan, Andrew Burke, Michael Morrissey, Odhran O’Donnell 

Over the next few months, they will be designing a miniature F1 car and competing at a national event which involves not only a race but preparing a verbal presentation and 20 A3 page portfolio. They are requesting sponsorship to cover the costs of registration, travel, apparel, equipment, and materials. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

We are offering three levels of sponsorship; bronze, silver, and gold. Each level of sponsorship offers different benefits, based on the amount of money invested. The details are as follows:

Bronze (€50-99): Bronze sponsorship includes the placement of your company logo on our stand and the inclusion of your links on our social media pages.

Silver (€100-199): Silver sponsorship includes the placement of your company logo on our stand, the inclusion of your links on your social media, and mentions on local radio and newspapers.

Gold: (€200+): Gold sponsorship includes the placement of your company logo on our stand, the inclusion of your links on our social media, your company logo placed on our team apparel, and mentions on local radio and newspapers.

They would also be delighted to accept sponsorship in the form of information, services, apparel, etc. The value of your non-cash sponsorship will determine the level of sponsorship you receive.

For further details, please contact Padraig Brennan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

F1 Freestylers, Ardscoil Na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford

 

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