Monday, May 22, 2006

CDC Software delivers SaaS in China

CDC Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDC Corporation and provider of enterprise software applications, today announced that it will begin delivering enterprise software applications as hosted services using the Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model in China, in July of 2006. These applications, offered on a subscription basis with very low up-front costs, will be sold throughout China through both direct and indirect sales channels.

The company already has a broad infrastructure established throughout the country by its The division. CDC Software will leverage this proven infrastructure to deliver its enterprise applications as online services. This network, that required over 5 years to build, is established nationwide in 30 provinces and 4 municipalities and includes servers in all key cities. The network currently supports the company's widely-used online games, thriving portal business, and hosting services for over 1,700 enterprises in China. Including a 24x7 support call-center, the CDC network has established a track record of 99.9% up-time and provides all the security features required by corporate customers.

"Demand is on the rise for enterprise software applications in China and we believe that the SaaS subscription-based delivery model will be preferred by many Chinese companies," said Richard Thomas, senior vice president, Asia/Pacific Region for CDC Software. "The low up-front costs, greatly streamlined implementations and reduced maintenance overhead, will be particularly appealing in the Chinese markets. Our unique ability to leverage our existing nationwide infrastructure to deliver enterprise applications as subscription services, combined with the rapidly growing demand for these applications in China, will create a perfect-storm effect that will drive significant adoption rates for CDC Software."

CDC Software currently provides enterprise applications around the globe as hosted services. The company's Pivotal MarketFirst solution for marketing automation is provided as a hosted application for many of its customers in North America, including Sharp USA and Applied Biosystems. Additionally, the company's ION Global expresso solution for direct email marketing is hosted for a wide variety of customers throughout Asia. CDC Software also hosts its OnePlan supply chain management (SCM) planning and scheduling applications used by food and consumer products companies such as Ghirardelli Chocolate, Carvel Ice Cream, Wise Snacks and See's Candies.

The July launch in China will begin with CDC Software's human resources (HR/Payroll) applications delivered as hosted services. These will be followed by the company's customer relationship management (CRM) applications for sales force automation, and supply chain management (SCM) applications for forecasting, planning and factory scheduling. CDC Software will also continue to license, enhance and support its full suite of applications for customers that prefer to run the applications on-premise.

About CDC Software

CDC Software, The Customer-Driven Company), is a provider of enterprise software applications designed to help organizations deliver a superior customer experience while increasing efficiencies and profitability. CDC Software's product suite includes the Pivotal CRM (customer relationship management), Ross ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management), IMI warehouse management and order management, Platinum China HR (human resource) and business analytics solutions.

These industry-specific solutions are used by more than 4,000 customers worldwide within the manufacturing, financial services, health care, home building, real estate, and wholesale and retail distribution industries. The company completes its offerings with a full continuum of services that span the life cycle of technology and software applications, including implementation, project consulting, outsourced business services, application management and offshore development.

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