Systematic looks for more opportunities in NZ

Danish company, Systematic is ramping up its presence in New Zealand

Danish company, Systematic, which last November won a $11m contract to supply its SitaWare battle management system to the New Zealand Army, is ramping up its presence in New Zealand and eyeing opportunities in Australia and New Zealand for SitaWare and for its other products in the heath care and public sectors.

CEO and founder, Michael Holm, told Computerworld NZ that the company had established an office in New Zealand. “We have four staff and two from our local partner, Eagle Technology, and we are looking for new opportunities in in our core businesses, such as health care and the public sector. I think we could be competitive in health care, which we have already sold into Australia.”

He said the company would be looking to add another two staff over the next few months and, in addition to partnering with Eagle Technology, was looking for others with specific domain expertise.

“Eagle will continue to be our partner. It is a very creative company,” Holm said. “They have a lot of opportunities outside defence to use the situational awareness that our SitaWare product provides.”

Since the sale of SitaWare to the New Zealand Defence Force, Systematic was won a contract with the US Army, which Holm said had opened the door to a possible sale to the Australian Defence Force. The US Army Mission Command announced on 3 February that it had awarded Systematic a multi-million dollar contract for SitaWare, saying it would improve communications with allies.

Holm said Systematic was now the world’s largest supplier of what are called C41 command and control systems, with sales to 26 armed forces, including the UK. “It creates interoperability. The US forces, especially in Europe, have learnt how important it is to be able to exchange data fast with allies.

“We don't think the Australian market is closed, especially with the US win. There will be a new call to be able to exchange data with allies very fast among the Five Eyes community [US, UK, Canada, Aus, NZ]. Canada has a few licences for testing but when the US starts using it we hope it will have a ripple effect.”

Systemic already has an office in Canberra and Holm said its communication platform, Iris, was used throughout the Australian Defence Force.

Systematic has sold its healthcare software, Columna, to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland, which is due to open later this year. Holm described it as a logistical platform that enables the tracking of every activity — doctors, nurses, patients — and many items of equipment.

The company how has a big research program underway to add data analytics capability to Columna. “We see big data as the next logical step for Columna,” Holm said. “We will be able predict patient flow and information flows and optimise the cost of running hospitals. If you can reduce patient stays by just one day you can save a huge amount of money.”

Systematic, founded by Holm in 1985, has 800 employees in 11 countries and, according to Holm, is “one of the very few companies in the world qualified at CMMI level, a US certification that says you know how to build software in a transparent predictive way so you don't have any surprises.”

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process level improvement training and appraisal program developed at Carnegie Mellon University, which claims it can be used to guide process improvement across a project, division, or an entire organisation.

According to Wikipedia, it is required by many US Government and US Department of Defense contracts, especially in software development.

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