Greentree partner launches Hobart R&D centre

Greentree partner launches Hobart R&D centre

NZ-based software vendor, Greentree International, and its Hobart-based partner, Synateq, have invested in a new software development centre in the Apple Isle.

Synateq managing director, Chris Rasmussen, said its inaugural project would be to craft mobility technologies for the vendor's business software platform.

The centre was a way of creating sales channels outside of Tasmania, he said. While its applications would be available to local customers, Greentree's network of Asia-Pacific partners would also be a key growth opportunity.

Historically, Synateq has focused on consulting services, as well as some development work. It had chosen to focus on mobility because it was a missing piece of the Greentree puzzle.

"On the one side, we are getting Greentree applications out to mobile devices, while on the other, we'll be shrinking applications to support devices used by manufacturing, sales, warehousing and other mobile executives," Rasmussen said.

Add-on applications would integrate into existing Greentree architectures. An example was a workflow chart alert capability, which would allow users to participate remotely in real-time management discussions.

The company has also enlisted the University of Tasmania to put together research on industry best practices. These would be used to formulate Synateq's product roadmap, Rasmussen said.

The new centre would initially create five senior technical jobs, and 16 positions within three years. He anticipated the full mobility suite would be released within the next three years.

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