Boston and Belfast, Northern Ireland, “officially” became Sister Cities this morning when Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh met at the Seaport Boston Hotel, just a short way from our NaviNet headquarters.
According to Lord Mayor Muilleoir, "Belfast and Boston share enduring links of history and heritage over many years, and they will now provide the foundation for a new future-focused Sister City relationship between Boston—the colleges, life-sciences and Irish American capital of America—and Belfast—the fastest-growing knowledge economy of Europe, birthplace of the Titanic, home of Game of Thrones, and a world-leader in peace building."
We at NaviNet have enjoyed a special relationship with Belfast and her people. We chose to locate our state-of-the-art development center there in 2009, with support from Invest Northern Ireland (INI). Just in March 2014, we moved to a larger research and development center located within the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast to accommodate our continued expansion. In fact, we first learned about the impending Boston-Belfast “sisterhood” at the time of the move.
We depend on our Belfast colleagues’ technological expertise to deliver innovative, industry-leading SaaS-based enterprise-class software to the ever-evolving U.S. healthcare market. There is a great deal of cross-pollination between headquarters and Belfast, with members of both the Boston and Belfast development teams frequently crossing the pond to collaborate to design, develop, implement, and support our solutions. Click on the link below to hear what Mark Dudman, senior vice president, product development, said about the synergies between the two teams during a recent trip to Belfast.