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Lotus, SSA Forge Business Solutions Alliance for China

Lotus Development Software (HK) Ltd and System Software Associates Hong Kong Ltd (SSA) have formed a partnership to provide electronic business capabilities to manufacturers and distributors in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.

"The combination of SSA's business process expertise, BPCS functionality and Lotus Domino technology will result in some very innovative solutions in areas such as mobile staff enablement, cross-organization and inter-company workflow," said Desmond Kwok, managing director of Lotus Development Software (HK) Ltd.

SSA has a large share of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market in China with 100 staff in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taipei and more than 500 clients across the region using its BPCS application.

"We know from our customers that there is a strong demand for solutions that enable them to leverage BPCS business information across multiple departments and--using extranet and the Internet--extend it to mobile employees, business partners and customers," said Rob Luey, SSA's managing director for Greater China.

"At a time when the SAR government is encouraging Hong Kong-based companies to transact business through electronic commerce, the synergy between BPCS and Domino will be an extremely potent way to extend supply chain management over the Internet."

However, as one industry analyst contends, mainland China needs to develop a financial transaction infrastructure to support the evolution of an e-commerce industry.



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