Local agents for email management specialist Clearswift say the fate of the New Zealand agency for Content Technologies following its planned takeover by Clearswift from Baltimore Technologies is not as clear-cut as has been painted.
Both local Content Technologies distributor Scientific Software and Systems, in the person of MD Bill Tonkin, and Chy Chuawaiwat, MD of Baltimore’s Asia Pacific content security group, suggested the New Zealand agency was likely to stay with SSS.
But Andrew Ferguson, business development director for Clearswift’s Australian distributor, eB2Bcom, says the question of Australasian distributorship is yet to be settled.
“At this stage no decisions have been taken on the reseller composition nor the arrangements or which products will be sold in which regions in the future as everything is of course dependent on [approval by a general meeting of Baltimore shareholders],” says Ferguson.
The way the companies’ products may be merged is also far from certain, he says.
Andrew McClure from local Clearswift reseller SSLnz also says comment on retention of the agency by SSS is premature.
Ferguson notes that Clearswift has a parallel product to Content Technologies’ SecretSweeper mail security product and suggests that the Clearswift product is superior to SecretSweeper.
A spokeswoman for Clearswift’s North American headquarters in Massachusetts says all company comment on the consequences of the takeover is being made from international headquarters in the UK. The time difference would not allow Computerworld to get comment from this source by press time.