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For the last 14 months, Xanadu has been working on developing a very exciting product for our client, which has now been unveiled.  The product labelled ‘3ET’ was launched to the public at the annual ICE conference in London held from 2nd to 4th February this year.

The 3et Sportsbook has been designed from the ground up to deliver the most advanced sports betting experience in the world. The betting platform which promises to deliver the best odds, due to the continuous, automated analysis of global market data, the highest publicly available betting limits using 3ET’s proprietary risk management engine, and all of this with no restrictions to the markets no matter how successful you are on the site. This is presented to the customer within an intuitive and dynamic interface which results in a user experience that affirms 3ET’s most powerful claim: you will never need another sportsbook.

Xanadu are extremely proud and excited to have developed this product for our client and to see that it’s launch at ICE was so successful.

Click here to request an invite to sign up to 3ET.

 

We are delighted to announce that Xanadu Consultancy has been named the Cork SME Company of the Year at the Cork Chamber of Commerce Awards. We were presented with this prestigious award on Friday 6th February by Anne O’Leary CEO of Vodafone Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, President Gillian Keating noted ‘The Cork Company of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of companies operating at the top of their game across the four categories. Year after year, the entry levels get stronger and, in tandem with our partner Vodafone, and the committed panel of judges we work to find the most innovative companies who deliver products and services that drive growth and create jobs regionally, nationally and internationally. Our finalists and winners are passionate, knowledgeable and driven to succeed and enhance the reputation of the region across the globe’.

“It’s been a very exciting journey here at Xanadu. We started with a small consultancy contract over three and a half years ago, and today we have over 125 people on-site with another 120 positions over the coming 14 months.” says Chief Executive, Mark Brosnan. “I feel very privileged and proud every morning I walk through the front door to be working with such a fantastic group of people. Their commitment, hard work, talent, skills, experience and can-do attitude has really given us the ability and confidence to grow Xanadu internationally.”

 

This year Matchbook decided to reward one lucky customer with the dream trip of a lifetime. Everybody who entered the competition simply needed to bet on the NFL for 4 of this season’s game weeks, and the qualifying entries were then put into the draw. From the thousands of entries received, only one lucky person could be crowned the winner of this awesome prize. Congratulations to James, who is jetting off with his girlfriend Irem to Phoenix, Arizona to take in this year’s Super Bowl XLIX courtesy of Matchbook!

Instead of simply ringing James however, Matchbook decided to have a little fun. Teaming up with James’ girlfriend, the Matchbook team began planning a great way to give James his prize. So the team flew over to London to find James and secretly fill his day with NFL hints to build up to the giveaway. His reaction was pretty priceless when his girlfriend announced that he had won this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Check it out below:

Xanadu are pleased to announce that we have reached the finals of the Cork Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year Awards 2015. After reaching the finals of the Best Emerging Company category at the 2014 awards, we are in the runnings for the prestigious title title of Cork Company of the Year in the SME category. “We’re delighted to have made the final three for the SME category in the Cork Company of the Year Awards,” says chief executive, Mark Brosnan.
“Having come so close in the Emerging Company category last year, Xanadu has continued to go from strength to strength in 2014, doubling our revenues and staff numbers this year alone. Our commitment to world-class customer service, continuous investment in R&D and our teams, as well as our sustained growth strategy has enabled Xanadu to become a key player in the provision of services to the online gaming industry.” It’s great to be recognised by the Cork Chamber of Commerce in our journey to becoming a world leader in innovative quality technology products. The winners will be announced and presented with an award on 6th February at the annual Cork Chamber Dinner.

On 21st November we were delighted to announce the creation of 120 new job in our Cork office after a major surge in demand for our services in the gaming industry. The announcement was made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in our headquarters in Blackpool, Cork.

We currently employ approximately 120 employees, and we are set to double in size this year with the creation of these new highly skilled technology roles with additional plans for further global expansion in the future.

“Xanadu is a great example of an Irish company that has grown its business to become an international market leader. I am delighted to welcome the creation of 120 new jobs at the company in its Cork HQ. These highly skilled jobs will provide great opportunities for ICT graduates and tech sector workers,” said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

“To meet the growing demand for our services, we have had to scale up our teams significantly. Our continued expansion is a reflection of our absolute focus, international customer wins, invaluable client feedback and increasing market demand,” said CEO, Mark Brosnan speaking on behalf of Xanadu at the jobs announcement.

We have already commenced with the recruitment and over 60 positions will be filled in the coming 3 months in the areas of Programming, Data Analytics and Marketing. We will continue to engage with UCC and CIT, as well as other colleges in the region, on hiring at both an intern and graduate level.

 

Matchbook partnered with the organisation ‘Right To Play’, with all commissions generated on the Matchbook exchange on April 1st  being donated to Right to Play.

Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.

Matchbook’s CEO Mark Brosnan commented: “as an exchange community we’re delighted funds can be raised by our users to support Right To Play in creating healthier and happier communities for young people facing poverty, disease, violence and discrimination around the world. We have a community of thousands of sports fans and it is important for us to support a charity that uses sport and play to change the lives of so many who are in real need.”

He continues: “Competition is at the heart of our exchange community and in addition to donating funds to Right To Play directly, we will be allocating additional money to cricket superstar and Right To Play Athlete Ambassador Darren Gough for him to use on our betting exchange. All monies won by Darren from this will be donated to Right To Play on top of Matchbook’s donation on April 1st.

Xanadu Consultancy is nominated as a finalist in the Emerging Company category. Speaking as the Cork Company of the Year Awards, held in Cork City Hall on 7th February, Gillian Keating, President of Cork Chamber said, “The Cork Company of the Year Awards recognise the world class achievements of companies competing in the three main categories. Year after year, in tandem with our partner Vodafone, we reward excellence across every sector. The calibre of the entries this year was extremely high and the awards highlight innovative companies who deliver products and services that drive growth and create jobs regionally, nationally and internationally. Our finalists and winners are passionate, knowledgeable and driven to succeed and enhance the reputation of the region across the globe”.

Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland added “The calibre of entrants continues to excel each year and it’s interesting to see so many successful technology and innovation driven companies in this year’s finalists”.

Cian Nugent, Chief Operations Officer for Xanadu Consultancy said “it’s a great achievement and is recognition of the hard work put in by everybody”.

Matchbook’s first major marketing campaign was rolled out in December, offering all website users commission free betting on all soccer markets until April 1st 2014.

The Campaign went live on December 2nd at 12.00pm (GMT) and is open to both new and existing customers across web and mobile platforms.

Bettingexpert.com says ‘if you’re a genuine punter looking to make long-term profits, Matchbook’s current 0% commission on all football markets is simply too good to refuse.’

Matchbook.com staged a launch event at the ATP Finals, O2 London on Sat 9th of Nov to celebrate the official unveiling of their new brand identity and the release of their new betting exchange platform. The Matchbook management team was joined by key industry figures to showcase the re-designed technology, which includes a brand new look & feel and a suite of new functionality and features.

Cian Nugent, COO, when introducing the new platform, explained how a change in ownership and new investment allowed the organisation a major opportunity. “Technology has powered the growth of the industry and most companies have had to build upon legacy systems to keep pace. Thanks to the investment and patience of the new owner, we had the luxury of re-building Matchbook from the ground up. What we have now is a really powerful platform, in a brand new technology stack, allowing us the flexibility to develop and adapt the site easily to customer demand.”

With the surge in industry growth as a result of the explosion of access from multiple devices, Mr Nugent goes on to explain Matchbook’s mobile strategy:  “The site maximises the real estate on all screen resolutions, displaying as many betting opportunities as possible, and is fully responsive all the way down to smartphone size. The value of the investment in our core technology is already paying dividend as we have just completely redeveloped our iPhone application in a 4 week program.

As you may have seen in the Silicon Valley Global magazine in the Autumn Winter 2013 edition we are continuing to expand our employee numbers and clients.

We continue to offer great software development, operational support and consultancy services as we rapidly grow our Cork headquarters. We predominantly offer consultancy to the online gaming sector through our cross-discipline team with industry leading skills in Java development, Big Data and cloud computing. Combined with the management teams 30+ years of operational and business experience and backed by a 24/7 operations support office, Xanadu is well positioned to deliver cutting edge technology solutions and support.

Recently we have updated Matchbook’s betting platform to use the latest technology stack using a RESTful API, harnessing the Backbone framework for the new UI and delivering instant updates to the end user via a WebSocket Protocol which enables two-way communication.

We are glad to announce that Xanadu will be  creating up to 40 new technology jobs at our Cork office in the near future. We have grown from a start-up employing four people in 2011 to 54 people today.

The new roles are primarily in IT with vacancies in software engineering, business analysis, application support, data analytics and system architecture.

These roles will include research and development of new software as well as ongoing maintenance and upgrading of current software and hardware systems.

“We feel that this announcement is positive affirmation that Xanadu Consultancy is offering a quality service to the clients it services in a sector with very strong international growth,” said CEO Mark Brosnan.

“We feel that our decision to locate in Cork with access to very talented and dedicated staff has been a big contributing factor to our success to-date.

“We have proven, extensive experience in managing back end software solutions for the online gaming industry. In addition, we have a large in house development team who strive to continually offer new and innovative software solutions,” Brosnan added.

The new Premier League season is one week in and our client Matchbook have reported hugh growth in website traffic. This was an exciting time at Xanadu Consultancy where we met the challenge of keeping the Matchbook.com website in great condition for the busy first of 38 premier league rounds. We are now looking forward to week 2 where we expect Matchbook to receive hugh traffic for the match between two of the top three, Man United and Chelsea.

So who should we bet on?

There are plenty previews and betting advice doing the rounds with most pundits trying to identify season long bets, meaning you will probably have to wait until the end of the season in May 2014 to collect your winnings.

Its a big change for Manchester United with a new Manager for the first time since 1986 with David Moyes taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson. I think this will be a tough season for David Moyes with such tough competition from Man City and Chealsea to retain their title.

Two seasons ago, City won the title under Mancini but put up a poor defense of it last season. There is a hugely talented squad of players at City and they have spent further money during the summer to recruit Negrado, Jovetic, Navas and Fernandinho. Unlike Man United who have failed to make any major signings with the pursuit of Fabregas coming to nothing in the end.

I know United are the champions but City and Chelsea are both looking stronger. So who will win the Premier League? I favour City to do it but I just find it very difficult to dismiss Mourinho’s chances at Chelsea. Mourinho won the title in his first season in charge of Chelsea back in 2005 and knows what it takes to win it again. Man City are top priced to win the title while Chelsea are second favourites.

In Holland as of the 1st of January 2015, State Secretaries Teeven and Weekers want to make it possible that a online gaming licence can be obtained in the Netherlands.

The law that regulates this has been presented for consultation last month (May 2013). The online providers will have to pay 20% tax. So it seems that this is a significant step towards the modernization of the gaming policy in the Netherlands. The Netherlands will apply a rate that is near the high end as compared to the tax rate for online gaming in the neighbouring countries.

So before this becomes finial, the input will be processed and the proposal will be discussed by the Cabinet and submitted to the Council of State for advice.

The start of 2013 has seen a great deal of progress on the new Betting Platform for Matchbook. Its a very exciting time for Xanadu as a whole as we are delivering on months of development and a brand new look and feel Matchbook Betting Platform. I firmly believe that Version 1 of the new Matchbook Betting Platform will help further unlock the massive potential of the website. We have not only built a suite of new functionality for them, but applications that are flexible and scalable in terms of functionality. We have in essence built a very strong foundation that will make new iterations of Matchbook quick and efficient, this will make the product very agile and adaptable in a ever changing industry. The new Matchbook website is expected to go live Summer 2013.

Xanadu Consultancy teams up with CNGL to create 5 jobs in our Cork Office

We have recently established a new partnership with the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) which will result in strategic innovation projects over the next year and a half. This partnership will create five new highly-skilled jobs in Cork.

CNGL which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland is an academia-industry research centre dedicated to delivering innovations in digital intelligent content.

Xanadu and CNGL will engage in the projects with a view to bring viable products in the area of global content services to market. As part of the collaboration we will be creating the five jobs within our research and development team in Cork. “Xanadu has grown from 10 employees to 42 in the last 18 months and we’re confident the creation of a research and development team and partnership with CNGL will drive further growth over the next 18 months,” said Mark Brosnan, CTO of Xanadu Consultancy.

“We are thrilled to have signed this deal which allows us to leverage our software development expertise, domain knowledge and resources with CNGL’s proven track record of innovation and global content delivery in this sector.”

Prof Vincent Wade, director of CNGL, Trinity College Dublin, said CNGL works closely with industry to convert research innovations into marketable business solutions.

“CNGL research is focused on ‘Global Intelligent Content’ with ground-breaking research in the areas of content analysis, search, personalisation and interaction,” Wade said. “Our partnership with Xanadu will focus on the development of advanced content technologies for dynamic content analysis, multilingual search, machine translation, personalisation and multimodal interaction across global markets. We’re confident that this collaboration will enable Xanadu to continue on its strong growth trajectory and deliver additional jobs for Ireland,” Wade added.

As a result of this excellent partnership you may have questions, if so we would be pleased to hear from you.