The man who inspired such luminaries as Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin says Ireland's skills deficit in cloud computing must be addressed as quickly as possible if the country is to optimise an industry likely to be worth €9.5bn a year.
Professor Jeffrey Ullman, one of the world's most renowned computer scientists, was in Dublin yesterday to attend the launch of the National College of Ireland's ( NCI) new Cloud Competency Centre, which he says will go some way towards addressing the cloud skills issue being experienced not just in Ireland, but all over the world.
"I haven't come across anything like this course to date -- one which will allow students to work on real tasks and solve real problems for leading industry companies as they learn. I am very optimistic that this centre will turn into something which will improve the skills issue and ultimately go on to have a real impact on the Irish economy."
Prof Ullman, who has been influential in the shaping of companies like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel and Google, has taken up the position of chair of the international advisory board of the School of Computing at NCI and will be responsible for directing the strategy of the centre.
The new Cloud Competency Centre was funded by NCI chairman Denis O'Brien, who was present to conduct the official launching ceremony.
Microsoft Ireland MD Paul Rellis said: " Cloud computing and its services are strategically important to Ireland's economy and we welcome NCI's Cloud Competency Centre."