Regional New South Wales IT company KNet got a taste of the city life today, launching an e-commerce suite at the NSW Department of State and Regional Development's office to a backdrop of spectacular harbour views.
KNet Technology is a Dubbo-based company that provides a broad range of IT services to businesses and government in regional NSW. Both a Microsoft and IBM-certified business partner, KNet also resells locally assembled computers from the likes of ASI Computers (Anabelle Bits) and IPEX.
Over the last three years, KNet's lead developer, Carl Gibbs, has been working on an e-commerce software application based on the Windows/SQL Server 2000 platform. The package, named "Open for Business", includes templates for a front-end Web site, workflow for tracking warranty and service jobs and freight, a database for recording client/supplier relationship information, and a messaging system.
Small businesses can have the package hosted at regional portals such is heartland.com.au, while larger businesses can buy the e-commerce software bundled with a server and hosting services for around $60,000 to $70,000, according to Joe Knagge, KNet's CEO.
Knagge said the software is "unique in its price range", and the company seeks discussions with distributors and systems integrators to expand its sales presence.
Hee is confident the launch of Open for Business will drive other regional IT businesses to follow suit with product development and partnerships. "I see no reason why a thriving IT industry can't prosper in regional areas."