I-Case International has acquired Danish-based project management software developer Mobipro and relocated the company to Australia.
Mobipro is the software development subsidiary of European giant Time/System, which publishes paper-based project management methodologies.
Two years ago, I-Case entered into an agreement to distribute Mobipro's products across the Asia-Pacific region, and has since sought to acquire the company.
Mobipro provides I-Case with "real-time" project management, where users can access and change information on meetings, deadlines and the overall status of projects from their PC, PDA or WAP-enabled mobile phone, according to I-Case executive director Gui Planes.
"Mobipro products are among the first worldwide to provide real-time information about projects. With only four clicks you can find out what stage all your projects are at," Planes said.
I-Case acquired Mobipro for "several million dollars", according to Planes, with three of the company's staff relocating to Sydney. Because of Mobipro's global brand recognition, Planes said I-Case has changed its trading name to Mobipro with I-Case becoming the holding company for Mobipro products and services.
Planes said the company will sign up around six large VARs in Australia and New Zealand before further expansion into Asia and North America.
"Direct sales will play a part in our strategy, but ultimately we would like to develop business via a sound reseller channel, like we presently have in Europe, where we have over 30 distributors and VARs," said Planes.
To service the European market, I-Case has set up an office in Madrid to be headed up by I-Case CEO Paul Saunders.
The Mobipro line consists of: TaskTimer, for management of tasks, appointments and contacts; TaskTimer + ProjectController, for real-time management of projects, teams, goals, meetings and milestones; and TimeWAP, for remote time and contact management via WAP mobile phones, GPRS, G3, SMS messaging, PDA or Web browser.
Planes said that moving headquarters to Australia is likely to create 50 new jobs in Australia in the next 12 months. A range of new products and services is scheduled for release in Europe and Australia later this year.