Online software directory coming soon

Vendors can register their software on the site for free

Sydney-based Software Choice is developing a New Zealand directory and plans to launch the service at the end of the year, says managing director Meredith Thompson.

The company is a software selection and implementation consultancy, and offer an online business software directory.

The online service is free and aims to help companies find and choose software that suits their business needs and budget, says Thompson. Users can browse the software list by software type or vendor, or by the size of their own company or by industry.

Currently, there are around 1,500 different pieces of software listed on the Australian site, which has been up and running since 1 July. Thompson hopes to expand the directory to around 5,000.

Vendors can register their software on the site for free. The criteria for being listed include the product being available, and that there are distribution and support channels in the country. For a fee, vendors can get an upgraded listing, says Thompson.

Thompson says Software Choice does not evaluate the software listed. Instead, the directory aims to become a complete list of software available in Australia and, later, New Zealand, rather than picking out, say, the most popular or the cheapest software.

Software Choice also offers consulting services. These include business-requirements definition, training workshops, and requests for information processes, shortlist selection, product evaluation and contract negotiation. These consulting services will be available in New Zealand as well, but the company is not planning to open an Auckland office at this stage.

Thompson has a background as an accountant and IT consultant.

Prior to starting Software Choice, she worked as a business analyst at PKF Management Consulting.

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