Mainland coup for IT provider

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 October, 2010, 12:00am

Automated Systems Holdings, the leading information technology services provider to the Hong Kong government, expects to step up its expansion on the mainland after landing a breakthrough project with China Southern Airlines.

'This is our first major mainland deal and our initial project in the aviation sector,' Automated Systems chief executive Lai Yam-ting said yesterday.

China Southern, the country's largest carrier by passenger numbers, selected Automated Systems to implement an 'enterprise-content-management system' to replace the old, largely manual, technical-document-management set-up at its Guangzhou headquarters.

The new system, which should be completed next year, will manage all the technical documents concerning aircraft maintenance used by the carrier across the country.

This will cover the technical information on its current fleet of Boeing aircraft and the Airbus A380 fleet that will soon be put into service.

Lai declined to provide the project cost, describing it as 'reasonably good-sized'.

Automated Systems will supply EMC Corp's Documentum software and services that include system upgrades, data format conversion tools, testing, on-site support and maintenance, and professional training.

'This [project] will allow us to provide reliable, on-time and convenient quality services,' said China Southern's IT director Yu Guitao.

Lai said Automated Systems would look into other projects inside China Southern's vast domestic network, which included Xiamen Airlines and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering.

'We will also want to sell solutions to other airlines and financial services companies on the mainland,' Lai said.

He noted that Automated Systems had received significant support for its mainland expansion from controlling shareholder Beijing Teamsun Technology.