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| Australian E-Commerce Firms to Visit Silicon Valley
September 10, 1998 (SYDNEY, Australia) -- Four Australian software companies
just won an all-expenses paid trade mission to Silicon Valley to meet
key U.S. technology and investment firms.
|More than 90 companies took part in the competition.
"The four winning products were successful in the recent competition
organized by Austrade (Australian Trade Commission) to find Australian
companies with the most promising electronic commerce-enabling technologies
and services," said Fleur Bayley, Australian Information Industry Association's
(AIIA) export manager.
The companies displayed their prize-winning software packages at this
year's Software Showcase just held in Sydney and organized by the AIIA
in conjunction with the Australian Federal Department of Industry, Science
and Tourism (DIST).
The showcase is the only event in the Asia-Pacific region specifically
organized for local software developers. It is seen as a valuable networking
event for Australian software developers.
The winning companies were WSA Holdings, Southrock Software Pty. Ltd.,
Space-Time Research Pty. Ltd., and WebGenie Software Pty. Ltd.
The products included, 1-e00
from WSA Holdings, a software application which provides a call center
with the opportunity to facilitate an e-mail inquiry in a similar way
to how a telephone inquiry is currently handled.
The winning Southrock
Software product is called Advance Online - an open Web-based software
system that enables organizations to deliver and manage learning anywhere,
anytime, via their intranets and the Internet.
won with its analysis and interpretation software of large data collections
for social and marketing decision support.
provides Web development tools such as Shopping Cart Pro for E-Commerce
and Web based businesses, selling in 50 countries.
Bayley said the showcase is a unique opportunity to see a wide range
of e-commerce software, including text retrieval, workflow and document
management, secure e-commerce via Internet, data-base driven Web sites,
collaborative publishing over the Web, supply chain management, electronic
banking, help desk, smart card systems, online shopping and electronic
For John Merakovsky, vice president of business development for Southrock
Software, the prize couldn't come at a better time.
"We have just completed the development of our U.S. marketing strategy
document, so the timing for this trade mission to the United States
is excellent," he said. "We will meet with the key technology companies
plus the venture capital organizations, so it is a very well-structured
tour of those organizations."
He said that while Australia is good at creating world-class software
products, it hasn't been good at growing these companies into larger
The AIIA represents suppliers of information technology and telecommunications
goods and services. It has more than 350 member companies that generate
combined revenues of A$33 billion (US$19.6 billion), employ more than
160,000 Australians and have exports of A$3.3 billion.
(Neil Munro, Asia BizTech Correspondent)