Software Briefs: Xcellerate, Linux

Software Briefs: Xcellerate, Linux

Xcellerate makes Pricedex opportunity

Sydney-based Xcellerate IT has signed a reseller agreement with Canadian software vendor Pricedex. The deal will see Xcellerate taking the full range of Pricedex products — including a part and pricing management engine, a toolkit for collaborative Web applications and a catalogue management application — into the manufacturing and distribution verticals. “The fit between our customers’ needs and the Pricedex products is excellent as more and more manufacturing companies are looking seriously at how to make it easier for customers to do business with them,” said Xcellerate managing director, Howard Boretsky. Xcellerate resells a wide range of document management solutions including output and workflow, archiving and scanning, faxing and voice products.

Australian firms liking Linux

Large Australian organ­isations are the second highest adopters of Linux in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new survey by Gartner. The market research firm found that 52 per cent of 121 companies taking part in the survey used Linux somewhere in the server environment — up from 39 per cent last year. Taiwan topped the table with 54 per cent. Director of research, Philip Sargeant, said Linux adoption was driven four key factors — perceived cost savings; execution of plans by IT departments; aggressive solution-selling from vendors like IBM, Dell and Oracle; and state governments “jumping on the bandwagon” — but warned against getting swept up in the hype. Sargeant said it would take another two years before Linux became an appropriate platform for mission critical applications.

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