SOLPAC Picked by looksoftware to be Master Reseller in Japan
January 18, 2010 Alex Woodie
In addition to selling System i, Unix, and X64 servers, Tokyo-based SOLPAC consults on installations of Oracle and SAP ERP systems, provides Web design, delivers training and education, and runs servers and applications as a business process outsourcer (BPO).
The 13-year-old company employs 220 people and had gross sales of 2,750 million yen (about $30 million) per year, according to its Web site. That makes it one of IBM‘s biggest business partners in Japan, which is the second largest System i market in the world behind the United States, according to looksoftware.
As part of the deal with looksoftware, SOLPAC will sell and implement looksoftware’s range of application modernization solutions for the System i and Power Systems platform. There is a lot of latent demand for i/OS application modernization solutions in the country, states Tsutomu Fujita, who holds the title of president and representative director on SOLPAC’s board (equivalent to the company’s chief executive officer).
“Many Japanese companies are searching for ways to upgrade their legacy systems but have tight budgets due to the economic slowdown,” Fujita said in a statement announcing the deal. “We believe looksoftware’s emphasis on reuse of existing assets with extensions and enhancements will be well received by corporate IT managers in Japan. We intend to demonstrate how easily this can be done with a series of marketing events in the coming year.”
SOLPAC has partnered with several other i/OS software vendors through the years, including Help/Systems, Bytware, Seagull Software, Mincron, Menten, and DataMirror, which is now part of IBM. For more information on SOLPAC, visit its Web site at www.solpac.co.jp.