In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, 12:00am

US-based Informatica to help State Grid integrate IT structure

State Grid Corp of China, the mainland's largest utility and one of the world's largest companies, has chosen key technology from California-based software firm Informatica Corp as the cornerstone of its corporate information integration initiative. Financial terms were not disclosed.

State Grid's landmark project seeks to unify the company's information technology infrastructure covering data resources spread across 26 provinces.

The ultimate objective is to maximise use of business information as it expands.

Paul Hoffman, Informatica executive vice-president, said the firm's data integration software 'will play a key role in helping State Grid reach its goals to increase the management, movement, and transparency of data throughout their systems'. Bien Perez

Mainland emission-control device demand seen climbing 18pc a year

Government use and ever stringent environmental protection laws will raise demand for air-pollution control products in the mainland almost 18 per cent annually up to 2011 and be worth 67 billion yuan.

Market research firm Freedonia Group of the United States forecast electrostatic precipitators and so-called baghouse systems used to curb pollutant emission will account for more than half of total demand.

Freedonia said the mainland's manufacturing and utilities sectors will remain the two biggest users of air-pollution control products. Almost 40 per cent of demand will come from three sectors - petroleum refining and chemical making, metals processing and cement making. Bien Perez

US supply chain software house adds Nanjing branch to expand

Apprise Software, a Pennsylvania-based software supplier of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software for consumer goods distributors, has set up shop in Jiangsu province to expand in the mainland.

Its new base in Nanjing would support various international customers that were moving their manufacturing and sourcing efforts to the mainland, president Jeff Broadhurst said.

The company's Apprise Distribution application suite is designed to meet the unique challenges associated with overseas manufacturing, importing and distribution of consumer goods. Bien Perez

IAdvantage picks Jupiter routers to increase corporate client base

Local information technology services provider iAdvantage has adopted M-series routers from US firm Juniper Networks to upgrade bandwidth capacity between its data centres and the city's network hubs.

The move is expected to allow iAdvantage to host more corporate customers - especially financial services providers - at its data centres and enable faster application performance, vice-president Ben Li said. Bien Perez

China Voice secures systems deal for Guangxi transport bureau

China Voice Holding Corp, a provider of internet telephony, office automation and wireless systems in the mainland, has moved closer to reaching its revenue goal for the year of US$200 million after securing province-wide projects with the Guangxi Land Transport Bureau.

Its Beijing subsidiary CandidSoft Technology was contracted to install a browser-based office automation application and an integrated telephony system by the end of this year.

'This contract will help us reach our annual mainland operations revenue target sooner rather than later,' said president and chief executive Bill Burbank. Bien Perez