Asian ASP Offers Quick Implementations

SINGAPORE (01/26/2000) - Etako.com recently made its way to Singapore and Malaysia, identifying itself as an Asian ASP (application service provider) that can help companies quickly ready their systems for e-commerce, and "get on with business".

The two-year-old startup is betting that its ability to quickly implement a full suite of e-business applications will prove to be a strong market differentiator for Etako.com, here and in Asia-Pacific, said Karen Fukumura, CEO of Etako.com.

The ASP can help customers get their enterprise resource planning (ERP) infrastructures up and running within two weeks to two months, where traditionally, it would take nine months to a year, according to Katherine Hong, solution architect, Etako.com.

"The common theme here is time to market, in as quick a time as possible," Fukumura said.

And because the company rents its solutions on a monthly rental fee which can start from as low as US$200 to $300, smaller companies no longer need worry about cash flow issues, she added. Its monthly rental charges vary according to the level of onsite training, consultancy fees, level of support, and hardware and software costs, she said.

The CEO was in town last week to inaugurate the firm's presence in Asia-Pacific, and announce its alliances with JD Edwards, currently Etako.com's main product partner, and StarHub which will provide telecommunications lines for its customers.

The company's Web-hosted management suite, backed by JD Edwards' OneWorld software, provides a single point access for companies to manage their financials, inventory, sales orders, and to help improve customer care management, said Etako.com.

The company will continue to establish further partnerships with companies who are experts in customer relationship management, so customers are presented with a full suite of applications for their entire supply chain, said Arman Tan, chief operating officer, Etako.com.

Etako.com is at http://www.etako.com/.

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