Going on-line

February 9, 2011

Silicon Republic, the on-line technology site has had some very interesting headlines in their email updates of late and I thought I would pull out a couple that struck me as relevant to how people engage with the Internet these days…

Users spend 24 minutes per day on Social Networking sites – Cisco

Cisco tells us that Social networking sites have become a fundamental asset for more businesses, with more employees needing to use them to carry out their jobs.  However, many companies are still blocking access to social networking sites during work hours.

Irish software companies on Twitter double to 51%>

This reserach was carried out by Aisling Foley Marketing who tell us that the number of Twitter Irish software companies has doubled in the last year.  They advise us “It makes a huge difference adding the ‘Follow us on Twitter’ logo to your home and contact web pages.

Half of Irish mobile owners use Internet

Another survey just out by Sponge It for Mindshare Ireland who conducted the survey among 1,007 Irish respondents. They found that the most-used smartphone features on a daily basis was search, with 46pc of mobile owners utilising this feature. Email and social networking were tied as the second most-used feature at 39pc. They tell us ”Smartphones give consumers immediate access to brands when they want to find out more whenever or wherever they are”

Talking about smartphones…100.9 Million smartphones sold in Q4

of course, this is a worldwide statistic.  Seemingly Nokia and Apple hold greatest market share but the growth of Android system is helping Samsung sneak up on the others.

  • How do your customers feel about your website? Are you getting the right message across? Are you maximising sales?
  • Have you developed a new application and would you like to know more about how real customers engage with it?
usability jug

If the user can't use it, it doesn't work


Would you like to find out? Then get IT tested, try usability testing with the National E-Learning Lab. 

Usability measures the ease of use of a system or website and looks at whether intended users can carry out tasks successfully and efficiently.  At NELL we can observe and analyse how real users use your system.  We will then provide a detailed report on users’ experience, highlighting any areas for improvement. 

AND you can apply to Enterprise Ireland for a 5,000 Innovation Voucher to undertake testing with NELL.    

See our projects section for more information on previous projects.  Or why not drop into our OpenCoffee morning on 7th October from 10.30 and we can tell you all about it and show you our lab. 

or email Abi on areynolds@ncirl.ie or call on 01 4498 664 for more info. 

NCI are delighted to be able to offer free places on a variety of full and part-time courses for those who have been unemployed for three months are more. Plently of excellent Programmes to choose from including the Certificate and Higher Dip in Web Technologies, which I think I might just enrol for myself..

OpenCoffee Dublin is back!

The next OpenCoffee will be on THURSDAY, 5th AUGUST  2010 from 10:30am in NCI. For more information check out the OpenCoffee Dublin blog.  Or to be kept informed of discussions and future activities why not sign up to Likedin OpenCoffee Dublin Group?

dot conf 22 July in NCI

July 15, 2010

What is the dot conf?

The dot conf is a new web technology conference for anyone who works, rests or plays with the internet. It’s a one day event and it’s free.

National College of Ireland is delighted to be hosting the next Dublin OpenCoffee Club meeting which will take place on Thursday 6th May from 10.30 am. We hope there is a good turnout and that people like the venue; if all goes well we would like to make it a regular occurence.


The event will take place in a reserved area of the NCI restaurant, which is on the ground floor and located just after the reception area, so should be pretty easy for people to find.

Directions to NCI are available on our website here:

We are easy to get to on foot, by bus, train or LUAS (the Mayor Square stop is right on our doorstep) and there is a paid carpark under the college, where we have reserved 5 free spaces.

Further information can be found on the Dublin OpenCoffee Club blog:

Hope to see you there!

Is this your last chance to take advantage of the Innovation Voucher Initiative from Enterprise Ireland? enterprise ireland logo

Receive €5k to work with NCI and undertake usability testing of your web-based application.. 

The aim of this Initiative is allow small companies to develop business ideas and opportunities and to forge links with third level providers.

We have had some great usability research collaborations with small companies over the last year through this Initiative, go to the  Projects section for more details.

But hurry! Application deadline is 30 April 2010 and the number of applications is limited to 200

Need help with the application? Call Abi on 01 4498664