Australian Web developer xIBA i-Business Architects has turned to the subcontinent to find a business partner to kick-start its expansion into e-commerce markets in Asia, teaming up with Indian software company Infosys Technologies.xIBA joint managing director Andrew Cheung said the company had always planned to partner with a software company and Infosys was the natural choice.
"Our vision since xIBA's inception had been to leverage our Australian and Southeast Asian know-how with a leading software company that delivers world-class solutions," Cheung said.
"We quickly discovered that Indian companies could provide this expertise and of them Infosys ranked well above the rest, as it pioneered the Global Delivery Model and is very successful with some of the leading brand names in e-commerce today."xIBA claims the joint venture partnership combines strategic planning capabilities with cost-effective offshore software development, with the aim of helping multinationals and top-tier Asian companies deliver localised e-business technologies.
"Our strengths in online transaction processing will be well complemented by a focus on multilingual content and interactive relationship management," said xIBA chairman Peter Church.
"In i-Business, your competitors aren't just the familiar ones in the same country and the same industry. In more and more cases, your deadliest foe could turn out to be some Silicon Valley startup which has no domain experience, and may not even be in your industry according to traditional definitions."
Church said less than 1 per cent of Asia's population is currently online, but he believes that number will grow from 12 million to 90 million people by 2003, with online purchases growing from $US3 billion to $US25 billion.
Cheung claims xIBA can provide a competitive advantage to Asian markets because of the company's unique business differentiators, including the Global Delivery Model, which ensures lower technology risk, cost savings, fixed-price delivery, and reduced time to market.