Thursday, August 24, 2000
Recent debates in Washington on whether to normalize trade
relations with China reveal the United States' angst over doing business in the
world's biggest market. Aside from political considerations, challenges to any
company trying to do trade in Asia include the hurdles of adjusting to the many
languages across the region, and coping with widespread piracy of software and
And a December, 1999 pledge by the Chinese government to institute
CAD/CAM in 90% of state-owned businesses by 2010 has U.S. software developers
licking their chops.
Now one company is finally testing the waters of the Asian market.
WebScope Inc. (www.webscopeinc.com)
announced Monday that it had developed a strategic partnership with the Japanese
engineering software company Cybernet Systems Co. (www.cybernet.co.jp), with the goal of
selling WebScope's collaboration software to Japanese manufacturing firms.
Cybernet's goal was to complement its own solutions, to create and
market a "localized" enterprise collaboration product. "We were especially
impressed by WebScope's ability to maintain exceptional security during a
product review session," says Shigehisa Inoue, Cybnernet's managing
Together, the companies will enable manufacturing firms to use the
Internet to integrate their supply chains, allowing workers to collaborate in
real-time, regardless of their geographical locations, explains WebScope CEO