US database specialist sets up local office

US database specialist sets up local office

US-based database software vendor InterSystems has opened its first Australian office, in Sydney.

Although the vendor has supported customers in Australia for many years indirectly, the new office marks the establishment of a fully fledged local subsidiary. InterSystems will also provide technical services to Australian customers from a team in Melbourne.

For the past 10 years, InterSystems' only exposure in the local market has been through application development partners, which tended to embed InterSystems' databases in their applications. The majority of these partners and customers were in the healthcare industry.

With the opening of the local office, managing director Dennis Tebbutt said he has been charged with signing up more application development partners to expand the vendor's presence in Australia. "We are looking to partner with developers that see their applications requiring functionality beyond the relational database," he said.

Tebbutt explained that many of today's applications source data from multiple sources, and in each the structure of the data may vary. Traditional "table and row" relational databases require manual intervention to overcome this issue, he said.

Tebbutt considers InterSystems' multidimensional databases to be on the cusp of a "new wave of technology" that modern applications demand.

The Boston-based company is privately held and has offices in 18 countries around the world. "We have no intention of going public," Tebbutt said. "We have a philosophy that we only serve one master: the customer. By going public you end up having two masters, one of them being the financial market."

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