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What is it?
Ezora provides companies with smart cloud-based business intelligence and analytics tools that deliver financial control and improve business performance. Customers (particularly those in the retail-convenience consumption sector) struggle with attaining and maintaining financial control of their various sources of data. However, without it such customers are unable to drive their business performance forward and engage in strategic decision-making.
Ezora ensures that customers attain financial control by connecting its solutions to customers’ sales, financial and HR systems, automating critical business processes and providing business intelligence that help businesses make faster, better decisions.
Ezora has had an international focus from its inception and its solutions are currently deployed internationally by leading brands such as McDonald’s (in the Netherlands) and Starbucks (in the UK). These retail customers (along with many others) require timely financial control in order to manage the key drivers of sales and corporate performance.
Who’s behind it?
Ezora was established by co-founders Alan O’Neill and Brian McIntyre. Alan O’Neill is the CEO at Ezora, leading business development activities and helping new and existing customers to develop the automation solutions that will deliver the requisite financial control. Alan has a strong finance and accounting background that includes 18 years’ experience working with multinational financial institutions including Canada Life, Westpac, AMP and Fortis.
Brian McIntyre is the CTO at Ezora, leading all the company’s engineering activities. Brian has over 17 years’ experience in web and software development industries, having managed development teams and led core projects in the e-security and online travel industries for some of the largest companies in their sectors. Prior to Ezora, Brian headed up software development at Hostelworld.com for seven years.
How is it funded?
To date, Ezora has been funded by its founders and the revenue generated by the business. Additionally, Ezora has been included in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup programme and has benefitted from Enterprise Ireland’s support and assistance.
Ezora plans to double its annualised recurring revenue each year for the next three years through sales of its solutions in the UK, the Netherlands and other markets. Operating and scaling its business from its base in the Digital Hub in Dublin, Ezora has recently signed a strategic partnership and reseller agreement with Ctrl BV, a Deloitte-owned company in the Netherlands.
The new agreement is expected to lead to significant new business customers in the Netherlands and other international markets as the partnership develops.
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