CCSS Opens Southeast Asian Subsidiary
January 9, 2007 Alex Woodie
CCSS, a developer of iSeries systems management software, has created a subsidiary in the Philippines to service the growing Southeast Asia region, the company announced last month. CCSS (Asia), as the new concern is called, will be directed by Edward Felicen E. Soro.
Southeast Asia has experienced considerable economic growth over the last several years. According to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the 10 member countries–including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam–averaged a 6.3 percent increase in output (as measured by GDP) in 2004, and trade between its members and the United States grew from $136 billion in 2004 to $153 billion in 2005, an increase of 12.4 percent.
Such heady numbers can’t be sustained without some form of business automation, however. According to CCSS, many large Western companies have chosen to install IBM System i servers in the region to manage their businesses, which has created a new market for i5/OS systems management software.
“U.S. and European multi-nationals continue to invest in South East Asia’s fast growing economies, and most use the IBM System i for their main applications,” Soro says. “They want to manage these servers easily and effectively. The best solutions to do so are the powerful systems management software from CCSS that we offer here in the region.”
Paul Wright, international account manager for U.K.-based CCSS, welcomed the new subsidiary. “We are delighted to have this base from which to grow our business in this rapidly expanding area. CCSS (Asia) customers will benefit from having highly trained sales personnel and first-level support based in the region,” he says.
CCSS (Asia) will work closely with IBM in the Philippines and participate in local users group and other IBM events, Soro says.