Auckland mail software firm looks for rapid growth

Having sold its MailRules e-mail automation software to customers in the US, Australia and Belgium, Auckland's Computer Works has announced it is looking for a strategic partner.

Having sold its MailRules e-mail automation software to customers in the US, Australia and Belgium, Auckland's Computer Works has announced it is looking for a strategic partner.

Computer Works launched version 2.1 of MailRulesyesterday, with commerce and information technology minister Paul Swain in attendance. Swain, who is soon to leave for a trip encompassing Silicon valley, a Microsoft government leaders' meeting in Seattle, and Ireland, says he will be taking with him material from Computer Works and several other New Zeakand companies.

Computer Works CEO, Mike Mohanbhai says his company is now formally seeking "a strategic partner that will not only provide the necessary funds for growth but facilitate further access to international markets, as well as enhance our technical and business development capabilities."

Mohanbhai says the company has appointed Richard Millar, "a highly experienced businessman in the technology industry," to lead the venture funding process.

First released in 1999, MailRules is a Windows-based collaborative software tool that the company describes as a "transport facility" that allows companies to develop their own functionality. With MailRules, companies are able to reduce costs in data entry and leased lines; send large files over the Internet securely; synchronise work file updates on multiple computers; centrally manage information; install software at remote locations and automatically process online orders into accounting systems.

After nine months on the market, more than 50 organisations around the world use MailRules, including Curry Oil in the United States, Osmoflo in Australia and CEVI NV in Belgium. In New Zealand, users include Nike, Mainfreight and Pit Stop.

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