U.S.-based software firm Applix (APLX) and China's UFIDA have inked a partnership to enhance strategic business analytics functionality in UFIDA's U8 Management Solution.

"There is a growing market for fully integrated BI/BPM solutions in China and throughout Asia, marking a significant opportunity for Applix," said Michael Morrison, chief operating officer of Applix, Inc. "We are delighted that UFIDA, the leading management software and services provider in Asia, has become a key partner in this region. Applix and UFIDA have complementary product lines that will help meet increased customer demands surrounding resource planning and management. "For the proactive, rapidly developing business, Applix provides a single platform in which all components and data are integrated — for fast implementation and low maintenance — as well as self-service planning, analysis and reporting scalable to every user across the organization."

As part of its strategy to significantly enhance its presence in Greater China, Applix has also opened a new business office in Hong Kong.

Under the agreement, UFIDA will integrate the Applix business analysis and reporting application as the Business Performance Management engine of UFIDA ERP U8. UFIDA ERP U8, a comprehensive ERP solution for small and medium-sized enterprises, will incorporate new BPM features and functionality, including reporting and analytics. Applix's and UFIDA's products can be seamlessly implemented together to meet the demands of agile, rapidly growing companies by delivering an easy-to-use, fully-featured, highly scaleable BPM/ERP platform for synchronizing front and back office business management functions.

China's management solution market has grown rapidly in recent years. U.S. analyst firm IDC forecasts this growth to continue, with total sales in the country almost doubling within three years to nearly US$2 billion by 2009. According to CCID, the leading China IT market research and consulting company, UFIDA is the largest ERP solution provider in China and has captured 24.6% of market share.

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