Wow. It has been a busy start to the year, and a very busy start to my work as Managing Director at the Cloud Credential Council (CCC).  Meeting and talking with the global team and our customers has already provided valuable feedback and inspiration.  More on all this another day.

In other news – I am taking a day off. Kind-of. More like a day out I think.  

Recently Emma Bergin, Conference Director for the UCC Commerce Society, got in touch to invite me to speak at this year’s conference.

First off, to provide some secrets of success (now where did I hide those).

Secondly, to provide relevancy regarding this new cloud and digital enabled world which our bright future graduates should / need to consider – in their own words ‘As business students, we are aware that high levels of proficiency in technology are becoming less of an extra skill and more of a necessity to succeed.’

I am told with great authority that the conference has, for some time, been regarded as one of the best student led Business Conferences in Ireland. The exceptional calibre of past speakers who have addressed the event include Eamonn Quinn, Investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den; Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore; Kenny Jacobs, CMO of Ryanair, Deirdre Somers, Chief Exec of the ISE, and Gina London, Emmy winning CNN veteran anchor and keynote speaker, to name a few. 

Event details.

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On the 8th of February 2018, the UCC Commerce Society is hosting its 36th Annual Business Conference in Vertigo, Floor 17 of Cork County Hall. The theme of the conference this year is 'Secrets Of Success'. Every year, across Ireland, many students graduate with BComm or other business degrees. However, only a select few will make it to the top! As students, we are all aspiring to achieve success- whatever form it may take. We would be honoured to hear your “Secrets Of Success”. 

So, I am taking a day off. Kind-of. More like a day out to meet and talk with the future graduates who help underpin the success of this country, business friends and acquaintances and also academics from UCC.

Looking forward to meeting everyone in The Rebel county next week.  I am both honoured and privileged.

Mark O'Loughlin

Mark is a global authority in helping organisations achieve the very best from their investments in people, technology and digital services. He has served on the Board of Directors of itSMF Ireland and Cloud Credential Council. Mark is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, awarded for his achievements and contribution to the IT profession and industry. His prolific publishing includes two books published in four languages, 100’s of articles, and whitepapers. He developed the world’s first certification for the business management of cloud services accredited by Cloud Credential Council. As a member of the international standards group ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Mark contributed to the development of global standards for IT, cloud and digital services.

About the Author: Mark O'Loughlin

Mark O'Loughlin

Mark is a global authority in helping organisations achieve the very best from their investments in people, technology and digital services. He has served on the Board of Directors of itSMF Ireland and Cloud Credential Council. Mark is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, awarded for his achievements and contribution to the IT profession and industry. His prolific publishing includes two books published in four languages, 100’s of articles, and whitepapers. He developed the world’s first certification for the business management of cloud services accredited by Cloud Credential Council. As a member of the international standards group ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Mark contributed to the development of global standards for IT, cloud and digital services.