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Gulftainer, one of the largest privately owned port operators in the world, has chosen Jade logistics software Master Terminal to streamline its Port of Recife operations in Brazil.
The Port of Recife is the logistics hub for the capital of the state of Pernambuco in north eastern Brazil and the centre of a busy industrial area.
Jade Software’s Joob Mobile has been announced as one of three finalists in the mobile/wireless category of the Best of Microsoft Tech Ed North America awards.
“This is a tremendous accolade for Joob Mobile, which is on the leading edge of mobile innovation in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. With smart mobile devices expected to surpass one billion by 2013, JOOB combines and connects any business system to any mobile device, enabling staff and consumers to be more productive,” says Craig Richardson, managing director of Jade Software.
“Microsoft New Zealand is excited JOOB Mobile is receiving the worldwide recognition it deserves as a Best of Tech Ed North America finalist – against some pretty stiff international competition,” comments Microsoft New Zealand’s managing director Paul Muckleston. “It’s great to see a seasoned New Zealand technology company continuing a long history of innovation and taking the lead in the increasingly pivotal mobile space,” he adds.
Joob Mobile’s beta released happened a mere two weeks before the announcement from Tech Ed North America. “The chance to showcase at Microsoft Tech-Ed North America where the best of the world’s ICT companies and major users are congregating will assist with JOOB Mobile’s push into the US market. We couldn’t have wished for a better start for JOOB Mobile,” says Richardson.
Christchurch's Jade Software is investing more than $1 million in its investigation product following growing demand from government departments looking for new tools to tackle complex fraud and tax dodgers.
Managing director Craig Richardson says that Jade's intelligence-gathering software, Investigator, had been designed for police, but was also generating interest from tax departments and border agencies.
The updated software is expected to be available to existing customers by November.
The Investigator software is still a small part of Jade's business compared to its logistic management software and its ongoing software services.
"Certainly it won't have a big impact on profitability (this year). But in the next three to four years this could be 10 to 15 percent of sales."
Jade hopes to push the expanded product within New Zealand and in its key international markets – the Middle East, Europe and Australia.
The Investigator expansion comes after Jade released its new Joob database software in a push to derive more revenue from product-licence fees rather than labour-intensive service work.
In the financial year ending December 31, 2009, revenue from product licence fees shrank to 9 percent of total revenue, compared to 13 percent the previous year.
The 2009 year was tough for Jade with earnings before interest and tax falling 83.5 percent to $839,000.
Revenue was $46.2 million, down 7.8 percent, with the fall coming mainly from exports, which comprise 65 percent of the firm's business.