Citrix, a US multinational software company, has started helping Irish clients, including Dublin-based law firm William Fry, to ensure business continuity through Covid-19 as more employees work remotely.
The Nasdaq-listed firm, which is valued at around $18bn, has experienced a substantial increase in demand for its software across Europe and Ireland. It is used to help employees work remotely via a virtual desktop.
As more companies make the switch to remote working, PJ Hough, the chief product officer with Citrix, who grew up in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, has been working with several Irish clients helping them to better manage the change.
"The thing we are hearing from our customers is 'we had a two-year plan to get to remote working, and we did it in three weeks'," he said. "This was on everyone's to-do list; some people had started part of it. With decent technology, you can enable work from anywhere."
Hough, who previously worked with Microsoft, said that one of the obstacles he has experienced in an Irish context is the issues with broadband quality in the country.
"One thing I will say, from an Irish perspective, this Covid-19 is shining a bit of a spotlight on broadband and core infrastructure in the country," he said.
"It's not a uniquely Irish statement, but there are some particular challenges with getting the solution built in Ireland.
"Globally, we have seen this emerge as a challenge; the quality of the network is often a factor in whether or not the employee can have a great remote work experience."
Hough said the growth of Citrix's Dublin office, which has been established as a hub, will be tied to the continued international scale of the business.
"As our business grows and we attract more customers, that team will naturally grow to support that," he said.
Sunday Indo Business