Business briefs at home: SkyNetGlobal, IIR, Working Systems Solutions, Solution 6 and others make waves

Toshiba Australia has forged an agreement that allows it to offer the services of broadband wireless communications provider SkyNetGlobal to its corporate customer base of more than 1000 companies. SkyNetGlobal provides e-mail, Internet and office LAN access services to travellers through access points at 27 airport lounges and 13 airports in Australia. "This is very much where our business is focused this year and is reflected in our upcoming product lines, which will include integrated wireless capabilities," noted Bruce Lakin, general manager of Toshiba Australia. The two companies intend to undertake joint marketing initiatives, beginning with links between SkyNetGlobal's Web site and Toshiba's home page, and an online facility that will allow users to subscribe to SkyNetGlobal's services online.

Recently listed software developer Integrated Research has appointed Taiwanese systems integrator Syscom Computer Engineering as a distributor of the Prognosis suite of systems and application management software for Compaq's NonStop Himalaya environments (remember Tandem?). Steve Killelea, CEO of Integrated Research, said the partnership with Syscom has already resulted in several joint presentations and proposals.

Working Systems Solutions has decided not to go ahead with its plan to transfer its non-health businesses to Chrome Global in return for the issue of a controlling number of shares in Chrome. Statements released by the two companies referred to "fundamental differences" that are unlikely to be resolved "within a reasonable time frame".

Solution 6 has agreed to offload its Lawpoint business to Thomson Legal & Regulatory. Lawpoint was established in 1988 as an online reseller of government registry information for the legal profession. "This divestiture will provide the Solution 6 Group with increased options to integrate content, transaction and software solutions," explained Neil Gamble, CEO of Solution 6.

Datafast Telecommunications -- a Victorian telco that was born out of gold miner Goldminco -- has returned to the acquisition trail. After recently acquiring Internet infrastructure services company VivaNET, Datafast has agreed to buy voice-over-IP telephony provider NorthVoice Communications to "fast track" its entry into the VoIP market. "VoIP is state-of-the art technology and one of the most sought-after sectors in the telecommunications industry," noted Kim Wood, managing director of Datafast. "Acquiring NorthVoice provides us with immediate entry into this most lucrative national and international call market."

Not everyone was adversely affected by the introduction of the GST. For listed accounting software developer MYOB it was a positive godsend as, in the year to December 31, 2000, the company lifted operating profit before tax to $A32.4 million, which was 36 per cent above forecasts. Operating revenue hit $A122.3 million, with cash generated from operations of $A26.7 million. As if to indicate the desperation of Australia's businesses over the new tax, MYOB's active registered customer base more than doubled to 295,000 businesses.

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