Java specialist sets up shop

Java specialist Sanga has entered the New Zealand market with the purchase of Wellington applications development firm Axiom Systems and the formation of a partner-ship with Solnet to deliver Java solutions. The focus will be on enterprise-level Java applications in the e-business arena.

Java specialist Sanga has entered the New Zealand market with the purchase of Wellington applications development firm Axiom Systems and the formation of a partner-ship with Solnet to deliver Java solutions.

The focus will be on enterprise-level Java applications in the e-business arena.

Co-founder and vice-chairman Shaun Maine says the company was looking for a test bed in the region. "New Zealand was a great area."

Though the company has opened an office in Sydney, New Zealand will be the key part of the region. "Our focus is on e-business applications. We're looking to put all those into the market in New Zealand."

To date, it has experienced quick growth in other parts of the world. US customers include Bell Advanced Communications, Bell Sygma, Bank of America and transportation giant CSX, whose former CIO, John Andrews, has joined Sanga as chief executive. In Europe the company has just signed Cap Gemini and Sun in a partnership to target European telcos.

The Axiom purchase followed a foray into New Zealand out of which the company signed up four customers — it won't name them at this stage.

"Axiom had Java expertise," says Maine.

Axiom had 20 staff and, says managing director Partha Sarathy, will be looking to increase this. Sarathy will head the technical wing of the newly formed Sanga New Zealand. Mike Cook, a senior executive from Sanga International, has relocated to New Zealand to head the new organisation.

The partnership with Solnet will involve the Solnet sales teams and management structure.

For tax reasons, Sanga, which was formed in 1996, is headquartered in Barbados — paying just 1.5% in company tax. Because the company is privately owned, it won't disclose its revenue. It has 300 staff.

Maine wouldn't be drawn on whether the company planned to list.

His twin brother, Shane, was a co-founder. "Shane was a venture capitalist and I came out of a telco," Shaun Maine says. "He asked if we could come up with something and we said, 'how about Notes and Java'?

"But how do you compete with 1000 Lotus VARs and resellers? So, we focused our efforts on Java."

Sanga's enterprise applications are built using its four-tier distributed computer architecture, Sanga 4-Tier DCA, which allows it to develop packaged applications. The last 20% of these can then be customised for specific vertical markets and customers.

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