Microsoft in Ireland
Microsoft has been operating in Ireland since 1985. Since that time it has expanded its operations to encompass three divisions which employ over 1,200 full time staff and 400 full-time contractors at its campus in Sandyford, Co. Dublin.
Microsoft Ireland encompasses three separate divisions, Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre (EOC), Microsoft European Development Centre (EDC) and Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG), which support Microsoft's business across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The divisions include a broad set of different functions including research and development, engineering, localisation, finance, billing, logistics, supply chain management as well as local sales and marketing.
In late 2007, the company announced its latest expansion in Ireland with plans to locate the company's first Windows Live EMEA Data Centre in Dublin with an investment of $500 million. The Data Centre, which is currently under construction, will be located at Grange Castle Business Park, Co. Dublin.
Microsoft is an integral part of the significant ICT sector in Ireland and Microsoft executives take an active role across a broad range of industry bodies including; ICT Ireland, the Irish Software Association; FIT (Fast-Track to IT) and the American Chamber of Commerce.
Microsoft Ireland is consistently named as one of the best places to work, and has been widely recognized for its commitment to responsible leadership. Microsoft won the Leadership category at the most recent 02 Ability Award and its partnership with Enable Ireland, which aims to help people with disabilities to live independently, access further education and get back into the workplace, was recognized as the "Best Community-based CSR Project" by Chambers Ireland.
About Microsoft’s Divisions in Ireland
Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre (EOC)
Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre (EOC) was established in 1985 and provides key support for the company's sales and customer support activities across 85 different countries around Europe Middle East and Africa. EOC provides a broad range of business services from manufacturing to finance, supply chain management, billing and partner management for Microsoft's products and services.
Microsoft European Development Centre (EDC)
The Microsoft European Development Centre is focused on engineering excellence. It conducts the full lifecycle of software development from research and development, to engineering and localisation across many of Microsoft's different business groups.
EDC is involved a wide array of different projects from working on the Windows Media Centre, to Windows Live development, security, anti-virus research, and the localisation of over one hundred products and services, from Microsoft Office to MSN and the Xbox 360, into over 30 languages. The teams at EDC collaborate with sister centres based in Denmark, India and China and are part of the Microsoft Product Group R&D organisation.
Microsoft Ireland (Sales, Marketing and Services Group)
Microsoft Ireland (Sales, Marketing and Services Group) was established in 1991 and has since grown to have a team of 140 people servicing customers throughout the island of Ireland. The SMSG group manages all sales, marketing, services and technical support for partners and customers of all sizes from enterprise customers, to small and medium sized businesses and home computer users.