Australian Developer Goes to Washington

Beating tough competition in the US, a Melbourne-based software developer has secured a major deal with the US Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).

Aussie company Hardcat Pty Ltd said the OTR -- in Washington DC -- did an exhaustive evaluation of available products in the marketplace before choosing its fixed asset management software and services.

Dan Drum, Hardcat managing director, said the main reason why the OTR overlooked [US] developed products was because the Hardcat's software had already been used successfully to manage assets at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"We were also able to send our own people on-site to configure the software to meet the OTR's special requirements; more than 1200 assets were barcoded and registered in less than three weeks," Drum said.

As a result of this deal, New York's Niagara Mohawk electricity company has also purchased the fixed-asset management system.

"A number of other US companies including Fujitsu and Caterpillar are engaged in discussions with us and we expect to announce major deals shortly," Drum said.

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