Australian content management firm N-Space has become certified as an IBM advanced business partner, giving the developer added credibility and contacts in the market.
There are currently 27 IBM advanced business partners in Australia, but N-Space chief executive officer Peter Papas said it is rare for Big Blue to give accreditation to an Australian developer so quickly.
"We felt good about the fact that IBM leap-frogged us to the same level as partners who have been with them for some time," he said.
Papas said the accreditation gives N-Space more clout when approaching enterprise customers with its content management systems. "As an advanced business partner, IBM gives us early access to their software," he said. "This allows us to experiment and develop on their platform."
N-Space is not the first Australian content management developer to make its mark with IBM on a worldwide basis - with Presence Online also leveraging its relationship with the vendor to aid its recent international expansion.
"Content management is an area that is going to see a lot of demand," said Papas. "The American vendors started too aggressively and grew ahead of their growth curve. Now there will be more consolidation as the more seriously architected products take precedence. Australian developers hadn't accelerated at such a pace, and thus we've avoided proprietary lock-in or having to support major cost bases."