Software Briefs: Sun, Tech One

Software Briefs: Sun, Tech One

Sun authorises StarOffice trainers

Sun Microsystems has appointed Horizons Computer Learning Centres and Cybersite consulting as authorised Australian trainers for the vendor’s alternative to Microsoft’s office productivity software, StarOffice.

Horizons Computing Learning Centres is a NASDAQ-listed global IT education company; Cybersite is an Australian systems integrator that specialises in open source software. Sun claims it authorised new education partners to cope with the demand it anticipates for StarOffice training once trials underway among potential corporate and Government customers are complete. “We need to put our training partners in place because more and more of our customers are responding to StarOffice,” Sun’s general manager of education services, John Roker, said.

Tech One continues to fire

Australian software vendor, Technology One, expects net profit growth of about 16 per cent when it announces its full results for the six months to December 31. The software company expects to report net profit before tax of about $5.5 million for the six-month period, while still taking into account about $4.75 million in research and development costs. This R&D investment, worth about 19 per cent of Tech One’s revenues, will help the company’s plans to begin the roll-out of its next generation of products starting in June. Executive chairman, Adrian Di Marco, said the company was on track to meet expectations of 10 per cent profit growth for the full year, but it was too early to raise estimates any higher.

The fact that the company’s performance was impressive in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and NZ but disappointing elsewhere, suggested the industry had not quite turned the corner yet, he said.

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