It’s a co-incidence of timing , but a reminder that there are many more meetups than just Barcamp (Dublin Event is on this Saturday).
Plato North West (Louth – Newry and Mourne) launched last night – thanks to Coca-Cola concentrates in Drogheda for hosting.
Plato is a self help group for small business owners. (‘Hello , my name is Paul and I’m self-employed’). All the people involved are looking to grow their business. What Plato offers includes:
- A support group of other people in similar situations that will meet regularly over the next months.
- Networking opportunties , both within the group, cross border , and with other Plato groups (e.g Dublin, Cork and South East).
- Clusters of companies in related sectors that would benefit from linking.
- A struture to plan business expansion and a peer review to ensure you execute the plan.
Most of the details of the meetings are confidential , but I’m (happily) surprised at the cross section of companies involved. External companies can be invited in by consensus of the group.
Related posts: How to network , people not computers.
If you’re planning to travel by Irish Rail, don’t trust the timetable information given out by it’s website. On a recent trip from Drogheda to Portadown, the actual outgoing and return times were between 5 and 10 minutes earlier, due to timetable changes made up to 6 months before. It’s all very well getting consultants to redesign your website , like CIE did recently , but if your organisation can’t keep it up to date , what’s the point?
There’s no excuse for giving out inaccurate information. Translink , the company that operates the northern half of the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service, manages to display the correct train times. Incidentally , Translink is also publicly owned , so the ‘shrug shoulders it’s just public service’ excuse isn’t valid either.
Get your act together , and display accurate times, or don’t give out any information at all. I made the train , but how many people have been caught out by this? Bluire has found more reasons to be angry with Irish Rail.
Update: Red Cardinal has shown that at least the ex-CIE group of companies are consistent, with Bus Eireann showing an appalling web design for their site.
Update 2: Ken reports about a recent webchat with Irish Rail. Interesting reading.
Update 3: And I thought I had problems. This is much worse.
Below is an extract of a report Distributed by Computer People. It’s a breakdown of all the Java Job Adverts for the last 6 months in the London Contract / Permanent Market. While it should be treated with caution as (a) it’s sales and marketing material and (b) the London / UK market will differ substiantially from Dublin. For example , I would not expect to see as many Sybase roles in Dublin as London, due to the use of Sybase in the London Financial markets.
Example from the figures: Of all java jobs advertised in the UK , 36,86% were also looking for J2EE (Enterprise Java) Skills.
- 22504 (36.86 %) J2EE
- 17476 (28.62 %) Oracle
- 16045 (26.28 %) UNIX
- 15510 (25.40 %) XML
- 15321 (25.10 %) SQL
- 15269 (25.01 %) C++
- 12815 (20.99 %) Finance
- 12370 (20.26 %) Banking
- 11152 (18.27 %) Graduate/Degree/BSc
- 10069 (16.49 %) OO
- 9465 (15.50 %) .NET
- 8413 (13.78 %) CSharp
- 8188 (13.41 %) JSP
- 7529 (12.33 %) Sybase
- 7340 (12.02 %) HTML
- 6940 (11.37 %) Investment Banking
- 6740 (11.04 %) UML
- 6606 (10.82 %) Front Office
- 6479 (10.61 %) Windows
- 6343 (10.39 %) SQL Server
- 5991 (9.81 %) Linux
- 5533 (9.06 %) Perl
- 5047 (8.27 %) WebLogic
- 4685 (7.67 %) Struts
- 4547 (7.45 %) EJB2
- 4456 (7.30 %) Servlets
- 4435 (7.26 %) Microsoft
- 4136 (6.77 %) VB
- 3892 (6.37 %) Fixed Income
The FOSS Means Business conference will take place in Belfast on Thursday the 16th March 2006. This all-island event will focus on the adoption and use of Free Software/Open Source Software (FOSS), with particular emphasis on the economic and competitive benefits for both the public and private sector.
They’ve also got Bruce Perens.
More details here.