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In the run up to the it@cork's Technology in Business Conference on 18 November, the Cork Network for IT Professionals has carried out a survey to establish what the current mood of the IT sector is.
The survey revealed an optimistic attitude towards the global downturn with 72% of respondents convinced that we are 'Over the Worst or Near the End' of the downturn. 83% of respondents also believed that the technology sector had a significant role to play in the recovery of the economy.
Respondents identified the technology sector's ability to enable other sectors to become more productive and cost effective as a key role in the recovery of the economy especially with the current emphasis on reducing costs and increasing competitiveness. Also identified were the areas of technology usage to support business decisions and processes; green and clean technology and the generation of innovative and new technologies in general.
The key areas identified as having opportunities for growth were: green technology; cloud computing; virtualisation; mobile phone applications; data warehousing / data centres; and selling online.
The theme of this year's conference is Recovery Through Technology. Liam Casey of PCH International, known as 'Mr China', will open the conference with 'New Opportunities in the Global Economy'. Casey was one of the speakers at the recent Global Economic Forum in Farmleigh.
This year's Ernst & Young's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Mike Fitzgerald of Altobridge will discuss 'How to Create an International Success from Ireland'. Other topics to be covered include: cloud computing; innovative products; competitiveness; and raising financial capital.