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Ismail Ansari Staff Profile

Ismail Ansari Staff Profile

Ismail Ansari Staff Profile

Can your describe your role at IMGS?

I work as a “Solutions Lead” at IMGS. The role involves providing solution designs to IMGS customers (local government and utility organisations). I also co-ordinate with the development team and OEM partners to deliver customised solutions for our customers. In addition, I also integrate custom solutions with other OEM products to meet customer needs.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

The IMGS development team are exceptionally supportive, and I can reach out to any member for technical discussions and troubleshooting assistance regarding customer-reported issues.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to research the latest technology developments and trends, particularly in the area of software development and customisation.  I am also interested in keeping up with current affairs.

What inspired your to pursue the career that you have today?

You could say that I was inspired by the vastness of knowledge and the opportunity to learn new things everyday.  This sector requires ongoing upskilling to deliver a quality and efficient service to each customer.

What is your favourite type of food/ cuisine?

I like Mughlai food (Indian Cuisine) and Arabic Cuisine.

What would your idea of a perfect weekend look like?

On the weekend I like to relax and spend time with family and friends.

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If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

This isn’t an easy question, as there are alot of places in the world that I would like to visit.  My preference would be to travel to a hillside village away from city life to relax and have quality time with my family.

What's something that you've always wanted to try or learn?

I enjoy learning about new technology, in particular computer programming languages and database programming.

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Robyn Dennehy Staff Profile

Robyn Dennehy Staff Profile

Robyn Dennehy Staff Profile

Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I work as a Managed Service Lead here in IMGS.  This role involves providing a higher level of support for our larger customers.  I take the lead on resolving any queries or support calls these customers raise and collaborate with them to carry out any development work.  I also apply my GIS and FME knowledge to other projects within IMGS and assist on our helpdesk where possible.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

I really enjoy the variety of work within my role and getting to work alongside a brilliant group of people.  Every week is a bit different and I’m always learning something new.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Music is probably my biggest hobby.  I’ve been involved in some form of music pastime since I was 7 or 8 years old and I currently play the clarinet with the Clonmel Concert Band.  I imagine it is the same for any hobby, but I find it incredibly rewarding to work with a group of musicians on pieces of music and hear it all come together for concerts and competitions.  I’ve had the opportunity to play alot of different genres of music, with fantastic performers and I got to travel around a bit with it too.  It’s been a fantastic hobby to have.

What movie genres interest you the most?

I enjoy movies from a lot of different genres, but you can’t beat the feel-good escapism of a Rom-Com!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Music is probably my biggest hobby.  I’ve been involved in some form of music pastime since I was 7 or 8 years old and I currently play the clarinet with the Clonmel Concert Band.  I imagine it is the same for any hobby, but I find it incredibly rewarding to work with a group of musicians on pieces of music and hear it all come together for concerts and competitions.  I’ve had the opportunity to play alot of different genres of music, with fantastic performers and I got to travel around a bit with it too.  It’s been a fantastic hobby to have.

What movie genres interest you the most?

I enjoy movies from a lot of different genres, but you can’t beat the feel-good escapism of a Rom-Com!

What's the one thing that you couldn't live without?

That would be of course my family and friends.  If I were to pick something inanimate, it would be a tough choice between coffee and my Spotify subscription.

What are some of your favourite local spots to visit?

I moved back to South Tipperary a few months ago and have been rediscovering Clonmel and the surrounding area.  There are some lovely walks nearby going down along the River Suir and out around Marlfield Lake.  At the weekend, it’s great to get a coffee from Fetch or No Filter and head out to one of these routes.

River Suir for Robyn's Blog

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

This is a tough one because there’s so many places I’d love to see.   New Zealand has been on my list for a while now.  I’ve always heard amazing things about the country and the geographer in me is fascinated by the landscape there.

What's something that you've always wanted to try or learn?

I’m terrified of heights, but I’ve always wanted to try zip lining.  I’ve heard of some great zip lining experiences in different countries, and I’d love to try one sometime (if I could find the courage!).

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

This is a tough one because there’s so many places I’d love to see.   New Zealand has been on my list for a while now.  I’ve always heard amazing things about the country and the geographer in me is fascinated by the landscape there.

What's something that you've always wanted to try or learn?

I’m terrified of heights, but I’ve always wanted to try zip lining.  I’ve heard of some great zip lining experiences in different countries, and I’d love to try one sometime (if I could find the courage!).

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Kian Griffin Staff Blog

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Kian Griffin Staff Profile

Can you describe your role at IMGS?

In short, I manage the helpdesk. I am generally the first point of contact for any issues raised from any of our customers. I investigate and triage the issues and either resolve them myself or bring in one of our engineers if needed.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

Having come in from a huge company in Apple, the change in dynamic is refreshing. I have a lot more freedom in how I can go about my work. Having direct access to the wealth of expertise is amazing. The team is so close knit it makes for a very pleasant working environment and I know I can rely on any of them when needed.

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What would a perfect weekend look like?

A hike (ideally in sunshine), some football and a couple of pints.

Describe an interesting hobby or pastime that you have?

I have a bit of an eclectic collection of hobbies. I play Dungeons & Dragons with my friends each week and, once the weather picks up I spend quite a lot of time making knives in my garden. I had a home forge built but, since we’ve recently moved house, I have to set up a new one for the summer. I also dabble in Archery when time allows.

What would a perfect weekend look like?

A hike (ideally in sunshine), some football and a couple of pints.

Describe an interesting hobby or pastime that you have?

I have a bit of an eclectic collection of hobbies. I play Dungeons & Dragons with my friends each week and, once the weather picks up I spend quite a lot of time making knives in my garden. I had a home forge built but, since we’ve recently moved house, I have to set up a new one for the summer. I also dabble in Archery when time allows.

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What's the one thing that you couldn't live without?

The gym. I go 4 to 5 times a week and it has been a game changer for me since I took it up seriously. For both my physical and mental health.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Much of my life, especially in my younger years, revolved around sport, video games and books so my influences came from there mostly. People like Kenny Dalglish, Michael Jordan and J.R.R. Tolkien would have had a big influence on me growing up. Certain video game characters would have also stuck with me, characters like Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption or Ellie from the Last of Us. Characters with very evident flaws who make the best of their situations. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from fictional people as well as those we encounter in real life.

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If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Japan. I have a fascination with the history and culture of Japan. I would be very eager to see some of the old temples and see some of the traditional crafts and metallurgy.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would love to be a blacksmith for a day. Particularly working out of an old forge with traditional tools.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Japan. I have a fascination with the history and culture of Japan. I would be very eager to see some of the old temples and see some of the traditional crafts and metallurgy.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would love to be a blacksmith for a day. Particularly working out of an old forge with traditional tools.

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Zubair Mulla Staff Profile

Zubair Mulla Staff Profile

Zubair Mulla Staff Profile

Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I’m the Lead GIS Developer in IMGS, I support a wide range of our customers from local government to large utilities with their enterprise GIS applications and integrations into other enterprise systems.

What do you love most about your job?

I love to solve complex issues, and achieve great satisfaction from the process. We have a diverse customer base and every day brings new unique challenges.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

We have a fantastic team in IMGS, they’re amazing people, there’s always lots of laughs and never a dull moment at IMGS.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy binge watching on Netflix, If I start a series and it’s engaging it’s hard to not finish it in rapid succession. My interests are sci-fi, action, spy-thrillers and watching tech reviews. Apart from an interest in all things digital I love weekend walks with my wife in the park. I also enjoy talking to my kids at the dinner table and hearing about their day to day experiences at school.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy binge watching on Netflix, If I start a series and it’s engaging it’s hard to not finish it in rapid succession. My interests are sci-fi, action, spy-thrillers and watching tech reviews. Apart from an interest in all things digital I love weekend walks with my wife in the park. I also enjoy talking to my kids at the dinner table and hearing about their day to day experiences at school.

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If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Its bit personal for me and honestly the thought has occurred to me many times, that I wish I had the power to heal. Also the power to teleport would be great to avoid the congestion of the daily commute 😊

Who would you consider your biggest influences?

I am fascinated by how AI has emerged as a game changer the last couple of years and wonder what it means for all our futures and the generations to come. I am also influenced by leaders who preach peace and are liberal in their viewpoints.

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knowledge transfer

Who would you consider your biggest influences?

I am fascinated by how AI has emerged as a game changer the last couple of years and wonder what it means for all our futures and the generations to come. I am also influenced by leaders who preach peace and are liberal in their viewpoints.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would love to visit Switzerland as In my earlier years I watched many Bollywood movies that were filmed there and was mesmerised by the beautiful landscape. Now that I am living in Europe I hope to visit one day and experience the wonderful views for myself.  I love forests and mountains, so sitting in cottage and looking out of balcony across this wonderful landscape, would be a dream come true.

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If you could do a job for just one day, what would it be?

I think I would have to be an astronaut and experience space travel.  The thought of floating weightlessly, looking down upon Earth from the quiet expanse of space, and witnessing phenomena like the aurora borealis from above would be an amazing experience!

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If you could do a job for just one day, what would it be?

I think I would have to be an astronaut and experience space travel.  The thought of floating weightlessly, looking down upon Earth from the quiet expanse of space, and witnessing phenomena like the aurora borealis from above would be an amazing experience!

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Hrvoje Technical Lead Staff Profile

Hrvoje Vukasinovic Staff Profile

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Hrvoje can you describe your role at IMGS?

I’m a technical Lead in IMGS, and work with our customers to solve their GIS/IT issues.

Before working at IMGS, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

My most interesting job, has to be my previous role as Information Manager at Dublin Airport.  The airport is such a vibrant place to work, with lots of variety and opportunity for continuous learning.  

While working at the airport, I was lucky to get the chance to visit the runway and then go up to the air traffic control tower to observe flights as they take off and land.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have tons of different interests: Travelling would be at the top of that list (which I really missed during the pandemic), tennis, swimming, going to the sauna, hiking, and collecting soccer jerseys!, 

What would you do for a career if you weren't doing this?

When I was a kid, I dreamt of becoming an Architect, as I was obsessed with building stadiums out of small wooden bricks.  However, now I could very much see myself as a tourist guide based in some sunny Mediterranean country.

What's the best place that you've travelled to and why?

If I had to choose just one place, it would be Velebit mountain in Croatia.  It’s such a calm, peaceful place with spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding mountain ranges.

What's the last app that you downloaded?

Revolut.  I put off signing up for some time, but finally succumbed and now can’t live without it!

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

I enjoy being part of such a supportive team here in IMGS.  I love the variety of my role and the challenge of finding solutions to issues as they arise.

Conor McIntyre Staff Profile

Conor McIntyre Staff Profile

Conor can you describe your role at IMGS?

My role in IMGS is as Business Development Executive. I work with both new and existing customers to help them understand their data challenges. Together, using our IMGS Data Intelligence Platform, we create solutions to improve information sharing to curb the inefficiencies, visualise data and empower organisations to do more with their data.

Before working at IMGS what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I worked 12-hour shifts in a bacon-only sandwich shop during my time in Toronto when I was 21. I’m instantly teleported back to those days when I smell bacon still.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I try to keep as active as possible, hitting the gym and playing sports. I am captain and founder of a basketball club in Ballinteer.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Aside from my nan just one more time, I would say Michael Jordan, I’m sure I could find a challenge that would pique his betting interest and that I may stand a chance in winning too!

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Sun holiday: I love Greece. If I could go anywhere; New York wins every time. I’m hoping to go again early next year. I’m sure I’ll come back….maybe.

What’s the last book that you read?

The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared. Title is a mouthful, but (let me put my leaving cert English to use here) serves a foreboding measure for the story as a whole! Brilliant book and while the title gives the essence of the story, it follows into his life very much like Forrest Gump (favourite film by the way) and coincides with significant world events. 10/10 would reccommend (movie not so good, watch Forrest Gump 😊)

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

It has to be the team; everyone is so close which makes for a great atmosphere to work in.

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Ciaran Kirk

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Ciaran can you tell us about the origins of IMGS?

In 2002 IMGS was founded by Bob Stuart, our current managing director, as the Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial reseller for Ireland. At the time, the LGCSB (now LGMA) had selected GeoMedia WebMap as the preferred web GIS for the Local Authorities in the Republic.

I was hired as the first engineer in, to install and support the roll out of the solution. At the time I had no GIS experience and was a programmer, so it was a bit of a baptism of fire, but I tried to hit the ground running and the rest as they say is history!

In that first year we were also selected by the Irish Naval Service to provide their Fisheries Protection GIS System (in partnership with Hewlett Packard), which was our first major project and required us to expand our engineering team.

By the end of the year Intergraph had then asked IMGS to support their Utility & Telecommunications (U&C) division in Ireland with existing customers such as Eir (then Eircom), ESB Networks, BT Ireland, and the Dublin Regional Water GIS.

The U&C business was again another steep learning curve for us but we invested time in learning & upskilling and really understanding our customers business so that we could deliver an excellent support service.

Then in 2003 we were delighted to become the Safe Software FME distributor for Ireland (on the advice of a customer who recommended the solution – thank you Claire) which has been at the core of our business and projects ever since and is used by over 100 organisations across the island.

How has your role evolved with IMGS over the past 20 years?

Aoibhinn Stuart and Ciaran Kirk Business Feature

I have had several roles in IMGS – Engineer, Technical Manager, Technical Director, General Manager and now Operations Director.

Over the years as our team has grown, I have moved more to managing and mentoring our engineers and doing less & less of the hands-on work (but I still like to get my hands dirty when the team let me)!

On our major projects I also support our customers by serving on project boards to advise the project team on ensuring project success. We have really improved our project delivery since our Delivery Director, Aoibhinn joined IMGS.

Aoibhinn has added some much-needed process to our projects but even with this improvement, projects will always have their challenges so usually my hard-earned experience can provide guidance where needed!

I have also moved towards the commercial side of the business over the past decade which I have really enjoyed – I love working with customers to solve their problems using our solutions. I am a great believer in science & technology and that technology can solve most problems (I think the last year has proven that more than ever)!

You recently launched the IMGS Data Intelligence Platform. Can you describe this offering to us and explain the change in company strategy this past 2 years?

Zero to Dashboard

As a company we have always understood the power of data analytics and visualisation through our GIS platforms from Hexagon and Safe Software.

But with the explosion of big data, we could see the enormous potential for organisations that want to become data driven across the enterprise, and we are really excited by the potential.

Aoibhinn who had come from the financial sector could also see how our FME ETL skills were of great demand and how we would easily transfer these skills to this area.

Our Data Intelligence Platform provides a complete data management and analytics platform that works across any industry who wants to become data driven.

We are delighted to be working with our partners Snowflake, Talend & Sisense who are disturbing the industry with game changing innovation in Big Data and AI.

It has again been a learning curve for us to embrace this new area, but I personally love it and I am so excited by the change (to the fact that I constantly bombarding the team with the latest cool changes, and they are amused with my excitement even at my age).

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for the business over the next 5 years?

The IT industry is changing. I feel the days of large multi-year projects with big capital software expenditure are over.

Customers are now looking towards more flexible SAAS solutions that require minimal development. The 2 – 3 year projects are being replaced with 3-month implementations where customers expect results next quarter not next year.

The move to the cloud has been critical in this SAAS approach, which has decreased the infrastructure costs and implementation times and provides huge scale and accessibility.

In the past years we have had several new BI customers who were able to onboard Sisense cloud as a full BI platform within a quarter. They were able to do this because the Sisense solution met their requirements off the shelf, could be provisioned next day and was easy to integrate with their existing systems and data flows.

This flexibility is what customers will demand going forward.

In IMGS with our partners platforms we have the cloud-based solutions and the agile approach to support our customer demands. So far in the 20s IMGS have already seen considerable growth through supporting our customers digital transformation and I expect this to continue as we all succeed together.

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What do you enjoy about working at IMGS?

It’s a bit of cliché to say in a blog but we have great customers who, even though we have had our ups and downs, I have made some great friends with over the years.

I am truly proud of what we have done with our customers. For example, in a 6-month project we had supported Siro in rolling out their FTTH GIS system from green field to fully integrated solution – that was an extremely challenging project, but we did it by working closely with a wonderful team in Siro.

I have worked with customers across the country from ESB to NIE Networks, OSI to LPS, Dublin City Council to Shannon Airport Authority and I feel confident that I have made relationships that will outlast any software system and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

The other big thing in IMGS that I love – is the constant change. I usually get to be the first to get my hands on our new technology. This constant evolution means it’s never boring and as a tech geek I love the challenge of new systems (and I am loving our move to Sisense, as I said already).

Finally, the staff in IMGS make it a fun place to work and as the team gets younger and I get older I can safely say I laugh more today than I ever did (no coincidence this coincided with Garrett’s arrival a few years ago)!

If you could do another job just for a day what would it be?

I have always loved sport (never been much good at it) but as an avid Everton Football and Ireland & Leinster Rugby fan, being involved with one of these would be a dream come true for me.

Now that the world is opening up again, where would be the first place overseas that you would like to visit on holiday?

HXGN Live 2022

Before Covid I always enjoyed travelling to see our partners and attend the conferences and sales meetings and I really looking forward to that starting again (Las Vegas is calling for HXGN Live this summer).

Just before Covid I visited Tel Aviv to meet our friends in Sisense but didn’t get time to see the country and would love to spend more time there.

On the bigger scale I would love to go back to Cancun and have always wanted to see New Zealand (especially as I am a big Lord of the Rings Fan).

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At IMGS, Data Intelligence and information are at the core of what we do.  We provide solutions to automate data flows, visualise information and power data insights for a wide variety of customers included Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Utilities and Communications Organisations.

Our data solutions are built on our partner’s technology platforms and serve the citizens of Ireland every day, from managing water and electric networks to publishing key e-Government information through Government Portals.  Through our market leading partners, we provide organisations with end to end solutions that drive operational and capital efficiencies.

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Keith Duffy, I.T. Grad, IMGS

Keith Duffy, I.T. Grad, IMGS

Keith Duffy, I.T. Grad, IMGS

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Keith Duffy, I.T. Grad

Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I work as a developer for IMGS. Since arriving a little over 6 months ago, I have done a mix of both front and back-end development. For my first project after joining, I was tasked with designing and building a new WordPress website for the company, that went live a couple of months later. Since its completion, I have moved on to working on mainly database and form design using a mix of SQL and JavaScript. 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I play competitive First-Person Shooters, mainly Rainbow Six Siege. I built a gaming PC right at the start of the lockdown and it has been a godsend throughout. As there can be no socialising at the moment, I feel very lucky and privileged to have a large group of friends that so I can hop on with in the evenings and play together. When I’m not stuck in front of a computer, I spend my time indoor rock climbing, practicing drums, doing yoga, or jamming music with friends.

 

What’s the last app that you downloaded?

The last app that I downloaded was Waking Up. This is a meditation app by Sam Harris who is a philosopher, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist. Over the last number of years, I have gotten quite heavily into meditation. I used a couple of apps before this one, but I love the more mindfulness based, Vipassana style meditations that Sam specialises in. It has really helped me throughout this difficult time, and I would be lost without it.

 

What will be the first destination that you will visit overseas when travel reopens and why?

The first place I will probably get to travel to after everything reopens will be my honeymoon. Although the exact destination has not been decided yet, we have been seriously considering an extended trip to Asia. Mainly Japan, Nepal, India, and Tibet. I have never visited this part of the world and have always wanted to so this will be a major tick off the bucket list!

 

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?

If I wasn’t working as a developer, I think would like to be drum teacher. I have played drums since I was very young and have earned a Grade 5 distinction for playing. I would love the time to commit to earn my Grade 8 to become a certified teacher. I have a major passion for music and love sharing my knowledge and passion with others.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

The thing I enjoy most about working at IMGS is the learning experience. IMGS has such a competent and professional team that I feel privileged to be able to work alongside and learn from. I have learned so much since arriving in the areas of database design, location intelligence and project management and it is all down to the help provided to me from each of my colleagues. There are no stupid questions here, which I’m happy about as I ask a lot!

 

Gavin Park, Lead Solution Consultant, IMGS

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Can you describe your role at IMGS?
Probably what most people will know me for here is training and consultancy on Safe Software’s FME products, as that tends to keep me busy and out seeing our different customers.  Its also been a great way to see different parts of Ireland!  Though I’m getting more involved with projects and helping to design our solutions for customers, which is allowing me to use some more of my previous technical lead and solution architecture experience. …