Grant helps Axon shrink-wrap software

Auckland-based Axon is using a $600,000 grant from Technology New Zealand to shrink-wrap its software for export.

Auckland-based Axon is using a $600,000 grant from Technology New Zealand to shrink-wrap its software for export.

Technology New Zealand is funding half of a $1.2 million R&D project to turn Axon’s AME (Advanced Management Environment) into a packaged product which is to be sold here and overseas.

AME is a suite of tools and methodologies to help install and manage servers, workstations, user accounts and applications, which has been developed by Axon software development division E-formation over the past three years. Customers include ASB Bank, United Networks, Tower and PDL. Next month version 5 will come out on CD.

Similar shrink-wrap plans are in store for Axon’s e-procurement product SupplyNet and DesignNet, an automated tool for developing and managing website content.

Axon set up a new company called PIP Software last month to market the products. Five Axon staff have moved to the new company, which is about to announce a chief executive.

Axon chief Matt Kenealy says AME, SupplyNet and DesignNet will have three international sales channels – through multinational customers, global services organisations and bundling agreements with worldwide hardware vendors and utilities software companies.

Kenealy says it has a local AME customer about to roll the product out to offices in Australia and is talking to multinational service companies and a small number of utilities software vendors and hardware manufacturers. Axon will sell the products in New Zealand.

“Axon’s strategy is not to be just a seller of servers or hardware services but to package our intellectual property.”

Kenealy says Axon considered going after outside investment to fund setting up offices overseas but abandoned the idea when after discovering investors weren’t “friendly” to the idea.

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