Stories by Randal Jackson, Computerworld

Jade scores TechNZ funding

Jade Software has received $240,000 in funding from TechNZ, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology’s business assistance programme, to further develop its Investigator case management product. Investigator was first developed by the company in association with the Australian Federal Police. It was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of complex, sensitive cases and the software is distributed by Jade’s subsidiary Methodware, through offices in Wellington, Sydney and London. It is used by law enforcement agencies, government departments and private companies in more than 29 countries. Investigator manages activities ranging from covert investigations and transnational crime, through to border security, anti-doping and witness protection. Jade plans to invest around $1 million – including the grant – in further developing the product. Methodware managing director Paul Stokes says the company is investing in growing its investigations and intelligence business internationally and locally. He says the TechNZ funding will let the company step-change its product development programme.

SMX signs Westcon for Australian market push

One of Australia’s largest IT distributors, Westcon Group, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Auckland-based anti-spam and anti-virus company SMX. Westcon managing director Leigh Howard says Westcon will work with SMX to offer the software-as-a-service solution to Westcon’s 2000 resellers throughout Australia. Developed and launched in New Zealand in 2006, the SMX service cleans emails of spam and viruses “in the cloud” as a service rather than through a software product installed inside user networks. “This is the first time that Westcon has distributed a cloud-based service,” Howard says. ““Strategically the time is right to start distributing SaaS services here in Australia. Logically, email is a good place to start and SMX is a good fit for us and our resellers.” Read more at Computerworld.