Dell’s solution centre in Limerick has a bright future

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THREE years after computer giant Dell ceased its manufacturing operations in Limerick, its Raheen facility is once again leading the way – and a senior executive has expressed confdience that it will be “at the absolute core” of Dell’s activities for the forseeable future.

THREE years after computer giant Dell ceased its manufacturing operations in Limerick, its Raheen facility is once again leading the way – and a senior executive has expressed confdience that it will be “at the absolute core” of Dell’s activities for the forseeable future.

According to one of the company’s most senior managers in Europe, staff employed at the state-of-the art solution and data centre, which was unveiled last year, are playing a critical role as Dell continues its transition from being a PC manufactuer to a global technology solutions provider.

The 50 staff who are based at the Dell Solution Centre are working with organisations across the world which are involved in areas such as education, health and law enforcement.

“All of our customers come to us and they don’t just want technology pieces – they want the technology to work in the context of their business,” said Anthony Quigney, director of solution centres for Dell in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Students from four Limerick schools got to see first hand the work being done at the Dell Solutions Centre when the company opened its doors to them as part of Engineering Week.

According to Sean Corkery, vice president of global supply chain operations at Dell, it is important to give young people an insight into what Dell does and to encourage them to consider a career in the technology sector.

“They get the opportunity to talk to our employees and our leaders and they get a very broad understanding of what it is like to work for a hi-tech company,” he said.

Speaking during the open day, he said he believes the Dell facility in Raheen, which has seen its function change dramatically since 2009, will play an important role in the coming years.

“This was the first solution centre that was set up within the company and I think it is a very good example of how we as a campus have transitioned from (being) predominantly a manufacturing base into one where we are now doing higher tech jobs and where we are very much focused on providing solutions for our customers through technology,” he said.

“I think we (Staff at Dell in Limerick) play a huge role in the global framework of Dell and a lot of the leaders here have global jobs and global responsibility and we are seen as very hi tech, very capable organisation,” added Sean Corkery.