ASPs: The eCentre of the eGlobe

ASPs: The eCentre of the eGlobe

A Brisbane startup is about to tap into the growing application ser- vice provider (ASP) market following the opening of what it claims is the first international e-commerce host-ing and implementation centre in Queensland.

The eCentre is part of a wider e-commerce initiative that has seen the former employees of three industry veterans, IBM, Com Tech and ICS, partner with Asian invest-ors to form the company called eGlobal and gain access to international markets.

`eGlobal was formed from an idea at the Caxton Hotel 18 months ago with our first budget of $180,000 being written on the back of a beer coaster,' said Gordon Chalmers, eGlobe's managing director. `When we started software and hardware development three months ago, [we had] an implementation plan and a budget of $1.8 million!'

Initially, eGlobe will offer its eCentre services only to clients in Australia and China, fostering the use of technology in `solving language and commercial barriers traditionally associated with trade between Australian and Asian businesses'. Forming the core of its ASP offering will be its flagship business-to-business (eLink) and business-to-consumer (eCart) applications that are currently in the final stages of development.

The company has already received the thumbs up from the Asian business community with China-based Phoenix-Star Television awarding it a $1.8 million contract to host and deliver its e-business-enabled payment and development system.

According to eGlobe's sales director, Ben Shipley, the company is now looking for a range of high-end resellers in Australia that will help take the company's business that one step further. By Tamara Plakalo

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