Symix Computer Systems has bought out its exclusive Australian distributor, Synchrony, to set up its own presence here. Symix has retained all Synchrony staff, and hopes to increase its head count from six to around 30, over the next 18 months.
According to Symix, it will also retain exclu-sive control over pre-sales consulting, training, implementation services, custom software development and general support offered by Synchrony.
"Australia is a very demanding market, but it's also a good place to bring in new ideas and field test them," said Simon Gainsford, president of Symix Asia/Pacific.
Meanwhile, Osmond Tournjel, now managing director of Symix Australia, believes the local investment by Symix will benefit its customer base here of around 80 companies.
The company has also announced a full client/server version of its ERP software, called Symix SyteLine.
Although this version will not support dumb terminals, Tournjel said that Symix would continue to support the previous version of the software for users not ready to abandon their character-based terminals.
Symix SyteLine, available now, is implemented using the Progress toolset and RDBMS, and is supported on popular Unix flavours, Windows NT and Novell server, with clients supported under Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT. Optional support for the Oracle database is available.