Saturday 20 October 2018

LiveTiles brings AI workplaces - and Plynk co-founder - to new innovation centre in Sligo

General Manager of LiveTiles, Ireland, Elaine Murphy
General Manager of LiveTiles, Ireland, Elaine Murphy
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Ambitious tech professionals are being given the opportunity to achieve work-life balance while also taking part in projects which look set to transform the future of the workplace.

Global software firm LiveTiles is creating up to 50 highly skilled roles in the north west of the country with the establishment of an R&D centre in Sligo to further develop  its design and artificial intelligence (AI) products.

Founded in 2014 as an Australian startup company, the New York headquartered company is a Microsoft partner whose Intelligent Experience Platform (IXP) is being adopted by clients such as Pepsi Estée Lauder and Heineken.

Utilising 'drag and drop' technology, customers are given the tools to create dashboards, portals or corporate intranets that can be leveraged with personalised AI and analytics features.

General Manager of LiveTiles, Ireland, Elaine Murphy told Independent.ie that the Sligo hub is looking to particularly focus on a market solution for the small to medium business market.

"We want to provide an 'out of the box' product for SMEs rather than the smaller firms having to invest in resources to tailor the solution to their needs. That's what our initial focus is," she said.

Recruitment is currently ongoing to fill the open roles which include solutions architects, software developers, back end web developers and a senior marketing manager.

With plans to move more into sales arena and become the support centre for the EMEA region in the future, Ms Murphy said the calibre of talent already showing an interest in LiveTiles' new Irish hub is phenomenal.

"People in the tech industry are realising that they can still have their high-powered job but also improve their family life and personal time," she said.

"What we're seeing is professionals looking to relocate from the cities, and from abroad, to the north west where their commute is reduced to mere minutes so a work-life balance is achievable."

One of the more high-profile talent wins for the Sligo centre is Plynk co-founder Clive Foley who will be coming on board as the lead technical architect at the software firm.

"Having someone like Clive at the table, in terms of creativity and mentorship, is a huge boon for attracting talent," said Ms Murphy.

Previously with games publisher EA, Elaine spent at least four hours a day in the car commuting to Galway four days a week, working from home on the fifth, and travelled regularly to Texas where her team was based.

Since being made General Manager of LiveTiles, Ireland, she said her life has been transformed completely.

"I am spending my new-found time reinvesting in family and friends and I am so much more relaxed. I am out walking my three rescue dogs — Ruby, Gilbert and Charlie — in Hazelwood in the morning, going to Strandhill and Rosses Point and spending a lot of time in the polytunnel and garden with my son, sowing seeds and just being together.

"I am really passionate about the North West and bringing businesses here. There is a huge altruistic side to LiveTiles and the founders really liked the attitude in Sligo. They enjoyed the craic here and the lifestyle."

Collins McNicholas is the exclusive recruiter for LiveTiles. For more information or to apply for the new roles, see www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/live-tiles

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