Digital Business Ireland announces partnership with Cork-based digital infrastructure company

Ireland’s dedicated eBusiness representative body, Digital Business Ireland, has today announced a partnership with Cork-based digital infrastructure company, OpenOut Ltd.

OpenOut provides creative and effective digital solutions to connectivity problems experienced by individuals and businesses in areas traditionally difficult to reach through the main broadband providers.

Lorraine Higgins, Chief Executive of Digital Business Ireland said “We are delighted to team up with OpenOut to help rural businesses who are finding it difficult to avail of all the possibilities online presents because of the lack of effective connectivity in some areas. We are all aware of the many challenges faced in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural Ireland. If nothing else, the current COVID-19 crisis has taught us that digital infrastructure, in our businesses, educational settings and at home must be robust enough to meet the challenges of the future. We look forward to working with OpenOut to achieve this and to ensure that each and every business has the capacity to fully realise their digital potential.”

CEO of OpenOut, Peter Walsh saidThe absence of reliable connectivity can cause rural businesses to be hesitant in adopting new technologies. OpenOut is committed to helping rural businesses overcome the digital hurdles placed in their way, to grow, thrive and encourage people to work and live in rural areas.”

“In order to do this effectively, we provide homes and businesses with workable solutions such as mobile Signal Boosters to improve cellular coverage in premises, mobile broadband for those who do not have access to traditional broadband, provision of WiFi Hot-Spots in public areas such as tourist attractions, town centres and shopping malls. With many businesses embracing online to offset the worst of the recent pandemic we are glad to help provide digital equality.”


About DBI

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector.

Set up in 2019, DBI is a not-for-profit representative body that is made up of 3,400 digital businesses across a range of sectors to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property. Our network of affiliate members include Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, Donegal Women in Business Network, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and Digital HQ, Dún Laoghaire.

DBI is proud to offer cutting-edge training, insights and events to those that form part of our network. Businesses are guaranteed complimentary advisory services, insights, advocacy and public policy influence at National and European level – all of which helps businesses to thrive and achieve their digital ambitions. We also partner with companies that are aligned to the core interests of the organisation and demonstrate a value-proposition to the membership. 

About OpenOut

OpenOut Ltd. was founded with the vision to innovate out of the box solutions to improve connectivity issues in rural Ireland ranging from poor cellular coverage to unavailability of broadband connections as well as modernizing digital landscape by enabling businesses to adopt new technologies ranging from basic online presence to fully fledged eCommerce. Openout Ltd is a sister company of CosakUK which has 25 years experience in the IT and Telecommunications Industry.  

Digital Business Ireland announces partnership with Grouper Technology

Ireland’s dedicated eBusiness representative body, Digital Business Ireland, has today announced that it has joined forces with leading governance, risk, compliance and SaaS advisory company, Grouper Technology.

The partnership will aim to assist DBI businesses with their governance, risk, compliance and SaaS requirements as they work to adapt their current work systems and enhance their digital capacity.

Grouper Technology CEO, Mojtaba Akbari, has vast experience in transcending and dismantling technology silos, improving process, and operations integration and improving efficiency in business. He is an adviser on digital governance, risk and compliance portfolios across a multiple of organisations to include Aer Lingus.

Commenting on the partnership, Lorraine Higgins, Chief Executive of Digital Business Ireland said “The business world endured an unprecedented level of disruption in recent times and many have been forced to adapt and change their processes and pivot to digital to sustain their models. This brings new risks and opportunities, and so, this partnership made sense to us on a number of levels. Grouper is a leading advisory company in the governance, risk and compliance space and as businesses navigate the new digital landscape it is important they are equipped to deal with what lies ahead. Partnering with Grouper Technology means our members will be ready to meet these challenges and, more crucially, to offset them.”

Mojtaba Akbari, Founder and CEO of Grouper Technology said “We are delighted to partner with Digital Business Ireland who we have watched grow substantially in recent months. With the advent of Covid-19, technology and digital platforms are now playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of businesses. Grouper Technology will help businesses unlock the full potential of the significant transformation businesses are currently undergoing while offering affordable solutions thereby ensuring secure platforms, efficient remote collaboration and integrated business organisational and development tools”.

This partnership will help support DBI businesses accelerate their digital transformations by bringing together crucial insights in areas such as eCommerce software, digital business strategy, online product ideation, online collaboration operating models and organisational change management”.


About DBI

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI counts over 3,200 businesses in its community with Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network and IPAV among its affiliate members. It continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of online and digital businesses to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

DBI provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

About  Grouper

Grouper  helps corporations create innovative management systems, tools and technologies that empower quality assurance particularly relating to governance, risk, and compliance. The firm has partnered with some leading companies to help their digital transformation journey by providing them with best in class technology services and industry-leading solutions including ERP and HRIS platforms.

Grouper’s solutions are conducted through deep industry research as well as design and implementation of pilot cloud-based environments hosted in some of the safest Clouds available. In 2017, Grouper partnered with Bitrix24, one of the largest ERP platforms and has since been implementing the solution to its clients. Today, Grouper is the Gold Partner for Bitrix24 and the only European Partner for BambooHR’s HRM platform and offers two primary pillars of “Specialized Application Solutions” and “IT Advisory Services” with four key advisory services aligned to industry best practices:

  •  Human Resource Management System SaaS Implementation ( HCM / HRIS)  Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP) Implementation
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Assurance
  • Information Technology Service Management
  • Change Management, Process Improvement and Transformation
  • Audit, Training and Implementation of various Management systems (Cyber Resilience, Enterprise Architecture, Business Continuity and Data Protection)  

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Digital activity soared over April – DBI & Hikari

Retail traffic up 60%, 30% increase in .ie domain registrations 

Digital Business Ireland (DBI), the representative body for online businesses and Hikari, a data solutions and business insights company, today said that digital activity has continued to soar over Covid-19. The companies were reacting to the April 2020 statistics collated right across a number of online operators for their Digital Data Hub.  

The Digital Data Hub is designed for CEOs and business development strategists who can access important business insights ranging from the number of new websites registered to the increase of traffic on social media sites and the most popular items being bought online. The Hub allows businesses map the important changes the virus is affecting on businesses with the data results being refreshed weekly.   

DBI and Hikari have collated the information from a range of sources to include the CSO, the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Core Optimisation, Wolfgang Digital, IEDR, KBC Bank, the ESRI and Sky Media. 

The Digital Data Hub can be accessed by clicking on 

Founder of Digital Business Ireland, Lorraine Higgins said “April has seen a succession of positive data regarding online and digital activity with a stand-out statistic emerging in the form of the increase in domain registrations which hit 30% over that month.  The move to an online platform over this period can be best understood when you look at the steady increase of online retail traffic which has increased by 60%.”  

“Having a holistic view of all the online data available is helpful for business owners, analysts and strategists who will find it useful to make informed decisions and help them pivot their company to where their market is”. 

Commenting on the April statistics, Eamon Moore, CEO of Hikari said “There is a lot of positivity to take from the latest figures in the Digital Data Hub. With consumer sentiment on the rise and significant increases in online and digital activity, businesses are now presented with an opportunity to rethink how they interact, communicate and service their customers as well as how they propose to connect with new ones. It is great to see businesses demonstrating agility and embracing digital technologies which is evidenced by the increases in domain registrations and online revenues.”