Jade Software has completed a contract to provide its Terminal Operating System to Italian shipping firm Ignazio Messina and Co, which operates a cargo terminal at the Port of Genoa.
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John Ascroft signed on as the fifth developer at Jade Software in the early 1980s and since then he has watched staff numbers grow from 10 to 350 people, and annual revenue increase to $50 million, 70 percent of which is earned offshore.
From the IT industry’s perspective, one of the major casualties of Saturday’s Christchurch earthquake was the Canterbury Software Summit, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Jade Software has received $240,000 in funding from TechNZ, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology’s business assistance programme, to further develop its Investigator case management product.
Investigator was first developed by the company in association with the Australian Federal Police. It was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of complex, sensitive cases and the software is distributed by Jade’s subsidiary Methodware, through offices in Wellington, Sydney and London.
It is used by law enforcement agencies, government departments and private companies in more than 29 countries. Investigator manages activities ranging from covert investigations and transnational crime, through to border security, anti-doping and witness protection.
Jade plans to invest around $1 million – including the grant – in further developing the product.
Methodware managing director Paul Stokes says the company is investing in growing its investigations and intelligence business internationally and locally. He says the TechNZ funding will let the company step-change its product development programme.
Jade Software has branched out into rock bands, egg timers, and noughts and crosses but you'll need an Apple iPhone to sample the new products.