Emerging SME solutions distributor Netcomm has taken another step towards shaking off its modem company tag with the announcement of a partnership with the diversifying Livingstone Group.
Netcomm has been appointed as `country partner' for Livingstone's range of WebSpy Internet monitoring and management software tools.
And Netcomm managing director David Stewart has plenty of reason to be excited about the new arrangement. He estimated that the new product will generate `several million dollars in year one'.
`WebSpy has huge potential,' he claimed. `Some two and three quarter million people in Australia use the Internet at work, so every employer needs a solution like this to combat misuse of the Internet by staff.' He added that the Web monitoring software market is worth more than a billion dollars.
Stewart described misuse as browsing the Web during working hours, overloading a system by downloading multiple megabytes of data, sending and receiving illicit e-mail, and visiting forbidden Web sites. `The cost in lost time can be staggering, and few can afford to be complacent,' he added.
The WebSpy deal follows Netcomm's distribution arrangement with Zetafax and underscores its interest in the market for Internet related software, and in particular for the small-to-medium business sector.
According to Stewart, resellers can expect to see modems bundled with products like WebSpy and Zetafax. He expects a retail version of WebSpy to be available later in the year.
Netcomm (02) 9424 2000