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Michael O’Hara is the Group Managing Director of DataSolutions Ltd.
He joined DataSolutions in 1993 as Financial Controller, in 1995 was appointed the Financial Director. In 1998 he was appointed the Managing Director of DataSolutions. As a businessman with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, he knows what it takes to run, sustain and develop a sturdy, reliable company. He has a deep knowledge of the channel and a track record of producing strong year-over-year growth even in tough economic climates. Michael is building world-class sales and marketing company that understands the challenges vendors and resellers face in the fast changing IT market of today. He is passionate about hiring the right people to join the Data Solutions team. Michael has made multiple appearances on television, radio, online, and in print media promoting not only DataSolutions but our vendors and events held throughout the country.
He has a deep conviction that if you specialise and become an expert in the technologies you sell, everything else falls in place. Prior to joining DataSolutions, Michael was employed as an Audit Manager with RSM Farrell Grant Sparks (who subsequently merged with Grant Thornton).
Michael graduated with honours from both GMIT (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) and Athlone Institute of Technology where he specialised in Business and Accountancy before going on to sit his ACCA, a certification that he has held for over 25 years.
In his own time, he enjoys nearly every team sport in existence, hiking (especially in the Wicklow mountains) and reading historical fiction. Michael is not known for his cooking skills but regularly bakes homemade bread for the team in Data Solutions.
Francis O’Haire is Director of Technology & Strategy.
He is the longest serving team member in DataSolutions; he was there from the start in 1991 when the company commenced trading. Today he is the company’s Director of Technology and Strategy and over the last 25 years Francis identified all the world class vendors that Data Solutions bring to the market both in Ireland and the UK. Francis is regarded as the evangelist responsible for bringing Citrix to Ireland in 1995 and building & supporting the successful vendor’s reseller channel. He is a well-respected technologist regularly speaking at various industry events and his opinion is often sought by the national and trade press.
Francis’s unique skill is to take complex technologies, simplify them and present them back to any audience justifying their business case while still highlighting their USP’s.
He is passionate about good technologies that solve real life problems, as the company’s guru when it comes to technology – he seeks out new solutions appropriate for the market and acts as their spokesman. He thrives on finding solutions that address real market needs and deliver return on investment, increased efficiency and lower cost to the end customer. As one on Data Solutions founding members, Francis has decades of experience in the IT industry with extensive knowledge of topics including virtualisation, cloud, security, and data communications fields.
Francis is one of the most well known and respected technology evangelist’s active in the EMEA marketplace today, with dozens of media outlets regularly seeking his input on the latest trends in technological innovation and his thoughts on the future.
When he is not searching for new technologies or engaging in verbal or written sparring with technology journalists, you would be likely to find Francis researching anything and everything automotive, or doing a few laps on the track in Nürburgring.
Roberta McCrossan is overall Marketing Manager for DataSolutions.
Roberta joined DataSolutions in 2001 as Marketing Executive and over the years since then has built up her team of marketers that offer the skills and expertise that are without doubt the best available in the IT channel today!
As Marketing Manager Roberta has over 15 years’ experience building the brands for the various vendors DataSolutions distribute and successfully launching them onto the market.
At DataSolutions Roberta is responsible for all aspects of marketing, including the company’s overall marketing strategy, all our vendors marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, channel marketing and social media strategy.
She is also responsible for organising the numerous end user awareness events DataSolutions run every year. Both the Secure Computing Forum and the .Next Computing Forum regularly have 400+ attendees, these annual events are successfully organised by Roberta. Roberta is passionate about marketing and loves the challenge of tackling how to effectively bring new technologies to market. She likes to do things a little differently and believes that good marketing is about understanding the local market and coming up with creative and innovative marketing programmes that ultimately build better market presence for the vendors, while enabling channel partners to increase revenue and building stronger relationships with their customers.
Prior to working with us, Roberta worked as a marketing executive and manager in Trinity Technology and Insight Technologies in Australia for a number of years respectively. She attended college in University College Dublin before going on to complete the highly competitive MSc in Marketing Practice in the prestigious Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, where she finished top of her class. In her spare time she is busy running around after her three small children but always finds time to entertain family and friends and travel when she can!
David Keating is Sales Manager for DataSolutions.
David joined DataSolutions in 2001 to build up the company’s brand new Security division. Over the 15 years since then David has achieved remarkable success in growing the Security business from zero to in excess of 40% of DataSolutions overall business today!
He has successfully launched DataSolutions as the distributor of choice for world-wide market leading vendors such as Check Point Software; RSA Security; Aruba Networks and Symantec.
David is a true channel guy and believes passionately that when you back your channel partners 100% you will reap the benefits for many years thereafter.
David is a seasoned sales professional with over 20 years’ experience in business, he has built up a strong team around him that provide top class service to the channel of reseller partners he supports both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has a strong technical background having started his IT career as an engineer and has a great knack for simplifying complex technology solutions to justify why they are required.
Away from DataSolutions David likes nothing better than meeting up with family and friends and chatting over a nice dinner and a few glasses of wine. Outside of work you would more than likely find David on a bicycle or on the ski slopes.
Brian Davis is our Sales Manager For Data Centre Solutions and looks after our Data centres Portfolio of technologies.
Brian works with our channel partners and vendors to maximise revenue on a quarterly/annual basis by supporting them to build pipeline and close business.
Brian joined DataSolutions in early 2013 and has over a decade and a half of experience in senior sales management positions, having previously held executive and director levels roles with MyMaterials and PES across UK and Irish markets.
Brian holds a Batchelor of Business Studies Degree from University College Dublin.At the weekends Brian can be found coaching mini-rugby, playing bad golf or watching Leinster Rugby.
Warren Powell is our UK Channel Development Manager.
With over ten years of experience in both direct sales and channel development, Warren is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for our UK vendors including Nutanix and Cohesity.
In his off time, you will likely find Warren out cycling, or in the back garden cooking up a storm on the Braai (BBQ), regardless of the weather!.
Lee Cunningham is our UK Business Development Manager for Nutanix and Cohesity.
Lee has 11 years’ experience within the channel, comprising of 8 years at Distribution and over 3 years’ working within the Reseller Partner Community. In this time successfully helping customers grow their business through specialist product knowledge, go to market strategies as well as building strong relationships with Vendors and customers.
In his downtime family comes first with his 2 kids that take up most of it, however Lee loves watching UFC and is a ‘True Blue’ Chelsea Supporter.
Alan Smyth is our Financial Controller at DataSolutions.
Alan runs administrative and financial tasks for the company, which makes the resident financial whiz in the office . In his downtime, he’s a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to football and the GAA.
Laura Byrne is a Marketing Manager at DataSolutions.
She runs all promotional activities for Citrix, Nutanix, Nimble Storage and more, in addition to whipping up email newsletters at an enviable rate. She enjoys running and travelling, especially to Spain, where she and her husband hope to live one day, owing mainly to the lack of rain.
Natalie Kelly is a Sales Administrator at DataSolutions.
She fills out renewals, processes orders and completes administrative work for the company, in addition to being the most punctual member of the Data Solutions team. In her free time, she bakes everything that can fit in an oven, reads the latest and greatest books and never turns down a night at the movies.
He brings twenty years of customer-facing experience to his role overseeing logistics for the company. Outside the office, he arranges flowers, plays the zither and studies campanology, which he supplements by spending the majority of his time in a belfry.
Ronnie Hamilton is a Senior Data Centres Engineer.
Armed with formidable expertise in Data Centre products, Ronnie provides technical guidance, proof-of-concepts and training for the DataSolutions virtualisation portfolio. He’s a bit of a film buff, and has a soft spot for the West of Ireland.
Jonathan Boyle is a Security Specialist at DataSolutions.
He manages accounts, calculates pricing and generally keeps the greater security portfolio running smoothly. In his downtime, he plays an alarming number of instruments and dabbles in song writing. He is also a die-hard Liverpool fan.
Ed Earle is a Data Centres Account Manager at DataSolutions.
Ed looks after the company’s Citrix, Nimble Storage, and IGEL-related activities, aiding our partners in achieve their goals with these vendors. Outside of work, he follows any sport that involves motorized vehicles moving very fast, and he is a regular gymgoer.
Shane Martin is our Marketing Executive at DataSolutions
As a graduate of Smurfit Business School, Shane looks after the digital and social side of DataSolutions’ marketing activities, as well as organising events and campaigns for a number of our vendors. In his spare time, Shane enjoying indulging in a number of hobbies including golf, and rugby.
Bernard Martin is a Data Centres Account Manager at DataSolutions
Bernard looks after a number of our vendors, including Citrix, Nutanix, Arista, and Commvault, aiding them in expanding their presence here in UK Ireland. When not in the office, you’ll likely find Bernard in the gym or cheering on Liverpool in their quest to win the League.
Paul Aherne is our Senior Security Engineer at DataSolutions.
Paul is our senior security engineer here in DataSolutions. With experience working in a variety of areas of IT, from programming to network management and more, he is one of the most knowledge technologists in the office. When not in the office, Paul enjoys indulging in a bit of 4×4 off-roading and reading the latest sci-fi novel from his favourite authors..
Ilie Dabija is a Security Engineer at DataSolutions.
Ilie is one of our security engineers, responsible for looking after our Check Point, Aruba, and RSA customers whenever they need an extra hand. An avid hiker, you will often find Ilie out and about in the countryside exploring new hiking trails during his time out of the office.
Sinead Redican is an Accounts Assistant at DataSolutions.
She looks after creditors and debtors, renewing Citrix subscriptions, supervises general accounts, and fields requests for immediate POs with excellent patience. She devotes most of her spare time to her raising her son Jake, and her daughter Ella Jane.
Angela is the General Manager of Sanitation for DataSolutions.
She keeps the office running, tidies up the office and keeps the boardroom from falling to pieces. She keeps in shape by swimming, and cements her good person credentials by pursuing an honours degree in social work.