Technology has ability to improve Northern Ireland economy

| November 21, 2011

International guru and agent of change, Dr Peter Cochrane, (pictured) has said technology has the ability to improve the economy and that there will be consequences if a society like Northern Ireland excludes themselves from the ongoing technological changes taking place across the globe.

“There is a clear connection between enjoying economic prosperity and having the necessary infrastructure in place.

“Northern Ireland has a second to none infrastructure but businesses must strive to work together to embrace technology, learn how to use it and do better business if they are going to stay pace with other countries,” said Dr Cochrane.

Renowned for his out of the box thinking, Dr Cochrane continued, ”Change is coming. Bandwidth, fixed and mobile, and lots of it will change how business is done in the 21st Century.”

A native of England, now living in the US, Dr Cochrane is an advisor and consultant to companies and governments across the world. With over 40 years of technology and operational experience, Peter Cochrane is involved in the creation and transformation of corporations.

“The Internet has made a vast difference to our lives – it is now time for us to move further into the technological age and cloud, fibre and mobile devices will all contribute to that.” Dr Cochrane added.

The self styled guru makes various claims not least that ‘the cloud is not an option but a necessity and that it is inherently more secure than any other alternative.’

“We are on the brink of a new phase of IT – based on mobile intelligence. It will not matter where we are in the world as long as we have access to the right infrastructure – Northern Ireland is lucky enough to have that in place.”

Dr Peter Cochrane will be speaking at the Virtual ICT Week powered by eircom Northern Ireland on Monday 28th November 2011 on the subject of ‘21st Century Digital Economy – Northern Ireland – Stretching for Excellence’.

The Virtual ICT Week powered by eircom NI will be delivered by Digital NI 2020 who are supported by InvestNI.

Its vision is to fully exploit the benefits of a digital platform for the Northern Ireland economy to maximise economic growth, and achieve social uplift and the consequent improvement in quality of life for all of its citizens. By the end of this decade, Northern Ireland will be the world’s preferred destination for knowledge economy investment.

Free and practical advice on how businesses can use this wealth of technology to secure business growth will be discussed daily over a weeklong series of webinars from Monday 28th November 2011 until Friday 2nd December 2011.

The five FREE webinars will give local, national and international businesses in addition to the civil sector, citizens and government the chance to ‘stretch for excellence’, learn about ‘smart cities and communities’, ‘building the cloud’, ‘business opportunities’ and ‘digital benefits to our citizens’.

To register for the Virtual ICT Week powered by eircom NI please visit

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