Jade and Ernst & Young have announced a strategic alliance that will see Jade solutions offered through Ernst & Young's consulting services divisions to corporate and middle market clients.
Jade CEO Gil Simpson, who signed the agreement with Ernst & Young CEO John Judge, said the deal would give New Zealand businesses access to IT solutions "that leverage the considerable capabilities of Ernst & Young in consulting and software development and Jade as a programming technology.
"Jade has been used to build software frameworks for a number of industries such as online banking, finance, healthcare, ports and utilities. With their expertise in consulting to these industries Ernst & Young will be able to add immense value to these frameworks and offer highly competitive solutions to clients in these sectors."
Simpson also talked up Jade's potential in creating new e-commerce applications, including those in the customer relation management (CRM) afield that is currently driving enterprise software alliances worldwide
"Realtime integration of the back office with the front office is the driving force of true, transactional e-commerce, and Jade will enable Ernst & Young to deliver this to their clients."
Judge declared himself excited about the potential offered by Jade to the many businesses serviced by the firm's entrepreneurial and management consulting divisions.
"JADE as a technology is able to co-exist with and is highly complementary to Ernst & Young's existing software development and e-commerce toolsets. Many Ernst & Young clients will be attracted by JADE given its New Zealand heritage, openness and proven ability to deliver innovative and cost effective software solutions. These include not only e-commerce applications but several other vertical industry solutions which will have great appeal within Ernst & Young's New Zealand and international client base".
Judge said many Ernst & Young clients find that custom development - a key feature of Jade's push behind its software - "is essential to maintaining competitive advantage in what is an increasingly global market place. The Internet is having a profound affect on our thinking about future business and service delivery models.
"Our business alliance with Jade enables us to further develop and support a relationship with a major player in New Zealand's software industry. The international potential for Jade projects is considerable, and we look forward to a long and rewarding association with Gil Simpson, the Jade team and to developing effective relationships with other Jade partners."