Liopa joins an impressive cohort of technology companies in the burgeoning Alliance. The group has doubled in size in less than six months, under the direction of leader David Crozier. Funded purely by members, the Alliance is a coordinated industry voice, focused on creating new opportunities in technology.
“From large companies who are here with foreign-direct investment, to small, indigenous start-ups, our members are exemplifying best practice in software engineering,” said Crozier. “Liopa joins an accomplished cadre of companies who are pushing the frontiers in the most advanced areas of AI.”
Other companies in the Alliance who are making advances in AI include Analytics Engines, Kainos, Allstate, Enzai and Expleo.
According to Crozier, the scale of the Alliance represents growth right across Northern Ireland. He said, “We’ve grown to 86 member companies since launching a year ago, employing more than 14,000 people, of which 6,400 are working in software engineering and related disciplines – that’s almost 30% of the total software workforce in Northern Ireland. Accounting for productivity increases enabled by AI and cloud infrastructure, I believe a target of 34,000 software related professionals contributing £3.4 billion to the regional economy by 2034 is achievable, given the right conditions.”
For Liopa, this is an important way of collaborating with the local tech sector.
“When you operate in a small region such as Northern Ireland, it’s critical to be an engaged member of the community,” said Liopa’s COO Richard McConnell. “As a homegrown company we are dedicated to the success of Northern Irish tech as a whole. When the tide comes in, all boats rise together. The talent pool of software engineering is exceptional here, and that’s down to the success of the whole sector.”
Crozier explained the organisation’s day-to-day aims:
“Our ethos is about improving three areas – the talent pipeline and education for tomorrow’s generation of innovators; new business opportunities for members; and access to funding and capital,” said Crozier. “For example, we assist members to access new markets outside NI, we help schools implement STEM programmes; and we liaise with VCs and other sources of funding.”
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