A half-share in a Web site developer should help systems integrator Trilogy Computer Systems in its quest to be a major player in what it sees as an impending e-commerce boom.
Trilogy has bought 50% of Netbyte Internet and says this expands its technical services to corporates to include e-commerce solutions. Trilogy provides systems support, training, network design and installation, and strategic planning. The acquisition adds Web design and e-commerce capabilities.
Trilogy managing director Peter Lawrence believes that's the shopping list companies will be looking for as e-commerce takes off in the second quarter of next year. "And the money they've been spending on the year 2000 budget will be freed up," he says.
Industry figures back up Lawrence's predictions. Last year a Gartner Group survey found senior IT managers within large organisations in New Zealand expected the revenue they earned from commerce via the Internet to grow from 0.2% of their organisations' revenue to 6.2% within one year, and to 20% in five years.
An IDC study reported on last year showed the percentage of users buying goods and services on the Web in New Zealand would go from 7% at the end of 1996 to more than 29% by 2001. As a result of the increase, the average transaction size will increase as well.
Netbyte managing director Scott Wilson says companies are increasingly wanting to use specialist services for their Web design because, generally, solution providers aren't skilled in intranet and Internet development.
Netbyte Internet was formed in 1995 and was owned by Wilson, Paul Dixon and Paul Tuckey. Two Trilogy directors have been appointed to the board.
Netbyte has about 70 clients including BMW NZ, Canon NZ, CM Research and Mitre 10.
Trilogy's customers include Ansett Express, Courier Post, Repco and Forsyth Barr.