Cloud computing company NearForm to create 100 jobs

Waterford-based company specialises in bringing cloud computing to large enterprises

Irish technology firm NearForm is to create 100 jobs over the next year.

The Waterford-based company specialises in bringing cloud computing to large enterprises, building faster, more stable, more versatile business platforms. The new jobs are described as high end and will primarily be in development, with other roles in sales, marketing, finance and project management.

The company was founded in 2011 by chief executive Cian Ó Maidín and chief technology officer Richard Rodger. NearForm already employs 35 people and officially opened its headquarters at Waterford County Council's former site in Tramore on Tuesday, an 8,000 sq ft state of the art building.

Mr Ó Maidín said the announcement of the jobs was a proud day for NearForm.


“We were strongly urged by many parties to relocate to the US,” he said. “We chose to stay here and build our company in a place where we wanted to raise our families.”

He said the company could grow further over the next couple of years at the Waterford office.

“You can be anywhere in the world if you have high enough quality people.”

Scalable applications

The software company specialises in Node.js, which is a platform that allows users to build fast, easily scalable applications, and microservices. It counts publishing giant Condé Nast and


among its customers, along with


, Qualcomm and DPD.

Growth at the firm has been consistent, with the company pointing to 100 per cent growth year on year, and targetting 200 per cent growth in 2015.

“We’re into mutimillion euro turnover,” said Mr Ó Maidín.

The company also plans to open a small Dublin office soon.

NearForm has not sought outside investment yet.

"Sustainable growth has been one of NearForm's core values from the start," chief operating officer Paul Savage said.

“We have maintained control over our own growth.”

NearForm also organises the annual NodeConf Europe conference, which takes place in Waterford Castle.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist