About Anaeko

Anaeko is an ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified company operating since 2004 in North America and Europe. We deliver secure, scalable and reliable data optimisation services to Large Enterprises, Technology Innovators and Research Agencies in highly regulated industries across public and private sector.

We enable our customers and partners to make more timely, better quality decisions, and to deliver more innovative and efficient services by leveraging available data and platforms, we call this Data Optimisation

We specialise in analytics combining health research with environmental, government and consumer data. We have delivered over 400 data optimisation projects as a Trusted Data Partner to IBM, Microsoft, AWS, RedHat and many more.  We draw on our unique experience of solving the most difficult data problems for cloud innovators in the past decade to help organisations facing regulation, transformation, and disruption challenges in the next decade.

Board Members

Denis Murphy - About Anaeko - Data Optimisation

Denis Murphy, Chairman

Denis has been Chairman of Anaeko since 2009, having co-founded the business 4 years prior after leaving his previous position at Openwave. He also served as CEO for 15 years before handing over to Colm.

Prior to Openwave, Denis was the Managing Director and co-founder of APiON. APiON was acquired in 1999 for $250m. At that time, this was the largest acquisition in Northern Ireland’s history. Prior to APiON, Denis held a range of Sales and Partner management roles at Aldiscon (Dublin).

He holds a degree in Business Studies from University College Galway, an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Business School at University City Dublin and postgraduate qualifications in computer science and management information systems. Denis also has a Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Irish Management Institute.

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David Campbell

David Campbell is an experienced, international business leader who for almost 30 years has worked at the intersection of Management Consulting, Financial Services and Information Technology across Europe, the Americas and Asia with a focus on China. His global technology experience, spans start-ups, venture capital, private equity and public companies.

Most recently, he oversaw the development of IBM’s Financial Services business in Growth Markets where, as General Manager based in Shanghai, he was responsible for 5000 employees across 98 countries.

Campbell has also held Non-Executive positions with several companies including Systems Integrator EG Gruppen in the Nordics and Marischal Group Limited a London based Venture Capital firm focused in the technology sector.

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Richard McConnell

Richard co-founded Anaeko in 2004 and has served as non-executive director since then. He is an experienced software industry executive with a deep product and operations background having worked for twenty years in a variety of deep-tech start-ups and international high growth companies.

McConnell is currently COO at Liopa, a Belfast based university spin out developing an AI based automated lip reading platform. Previous to that he was CTO at Aepona, a 350 person telecommunications software infrastructure provider, where he lead the company product and technology strategy. Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013 as a significant part of its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and McConnell was Director of Product Management there for two years. He has served as non-executive director on the boards of a number of young innovative software based companies in Northern Ireland, focussing on help to shape Product and Go-To-Market strategies for international growth.

Management Team

Colm Hayden - About Anaeko - Data Optimisation

Colm Hayden, CEO

Colm is an experienced, entrepreneurial and commercially-focused technical leader. Over the past two decades, he has been CTO to Cloud Software and Services companies, Technical Director to industry networks, Technical Lead on Open Standards and a Business Network Founder. 

Colm has delivered services for IBM, Microsoft, Vodafone, Fujitsu, Verint, Epic Games, BT and SUN Microsystems amongst others. In partnership with global service providers, and through direct engagements, Colm has optimised data in Government, Health & Life Sciences, Media, Finance and Telecoms. 

Colm has led R&D teams developing a diverse range of business and consumer products including Business Value Dashboards, Open Data Platforms, Sentiment Marketing, Social Media Advertising, Citizen Engagement, Parliamentary Monitoring, Trivia Gaming, Patient Monitoring and Unified Communications.

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David Kerr, COO

David has been COO of Anaeko since 2014 and has almost 20 years experience in building and leading Software Services, Support and SaaS organisations.

Prior to Anaeko, David held a variety of Global Customer Support and Professional Services Management roles at Openwave Limited, a leading innovator in Mobile Internet and Broadband Communications technology.

David holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast.

Mike O’Boyle, Sales Director

Over the past 30+ years Mike has worked across a wide range of industry sectors from Chemical and Semiconductor through to IT and Professional Services.

Following his academic achievements as a Chartered Chemist, Mike started in Product management within the scientific equipment manufacturing industry working in one of the largest global companies serving both public and private sectors from forensic science to off-shore oil.

Following this he moved into the semiconductor industry working across Asia for FTSE100 companies before shifting into the fast-paced IT market where he headed up an EMEA wide product management team in the Saas Telco industry. He later joined a startup-business and built out consulting teams across Europe around cutting edge Digital Transformation whilst growing partnerships with global hardware manufacturers to serve the growing needs for hybrid solutions in todays’ industries.

He now joins Anaeko to help drive the demand for quality Data across many of todays’ markets to ensure business intelligence and sustainability.


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