Defence sale follows Israeli distie deal

Defence sale follows Israeli distie deal

Just days after becoming master distributor for an Israeli software company, Sydney-based ASI Solutions has announced a multi-million dollar deal with the Department of Defence.

Via integrator and outsourcer CSC, Defence has selected Tel Aviv-based Top Image Systems' (TiS) data capture software.

The $2 million deal will see the software used to improve the department's accounting operations.

ASI Solutions managing director Ken Lowe said he had been working with TiS for six months on distribution in Australia and New Zealand. He claims a similar deal with a major telco will follow later this month.

TiS' optical character recognition software converts handwriting into text via a data management tool.

The software is used on three-quarters of the census documents around the world, according to ASI.

The TiS technology can integrate data from multiple sources and types, such as invoices, freight and shipping bills, purchase orders etc. Data can then be extracted to document and content management systems, ERP, and CRM.

ASI will also distribute TiS's eFLOW Unified Content Platform, which includes document validation and management solutions. The two companies plan on co-operative sales and marketing, to allocate additional partners and channels, and target specific niche markets.

Lowe said ASI and CSC have worked together on TiS for six to nine months, but the product is available to other outsourcers like EDS and IBM.

"We are looking for partners, integrators and resellers. People in that imaging area," he said.

"People doing manual processing of data can get it automated and get a return on investment within 60 days, depending on their market sector," Lowe said. A rental option is also available.

ASI said the CSC-Defence deal has strengthened its relationship with the outsourcer, giving both a rung on the ladder with the technology.

"Defence went out to market. They truly evaluated what was out there and felt this was the best solution. It's truly a feather in the cap of TIS to provide such a solution," Lowe said.

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