| James Kon |
ONE of the country’s biggest computer distributors and retailers, Concepts Computers, and a local software developer, MARS Enterprise, yesterday forged a strategic partnership to produce ideal business model solutions to be marketed in Brunei Darussalam and abroad following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Signing on behalf of Concepts Computers was its General Manager, Vincent Pao, while MARS Enterprise was represented by its founder, Foo Boon Seng.
Following the signing, Vincent Pao said, “The cooperation between both companies is set to also boost local employment.”
Concepts Computer is the authorised distributor for Acer, Epson and many international brands of IT-related products in the Sultanate, and is well-known for its management, creative, innovative and effective way of promoting their products, solutions and services.
MARS Enterprise, the first Brunei software house to win the Logistic and Supplies Chain category of the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) competition held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009, is a local company that exports the ‘Made In Brunei’ packages to Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos.
In providing a business solution package, the partnership can provide more practical and professional systems analysis, enable users to choose the most suitable and price-effective solution for both hardware and software, together with a more efficient after sales service. Also, the partnership can help bridge their respective international connections for the local business body resulting in a bigger network of contacts.
Foo Boon Seng in an interview said, “The partnership will enable MARS Enterprise and Concepts Computers to work together to produce local Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), a business process management software that allows an organisation to use a system of integrated applications of accounts, inventory, fixed assets and so on, for the local market and for export abroad.”
MARS Enterprise, which was established around 30 years ago, is looking to expand its reach overseas. It also hopes that the new partnership will push the need for research and development, professionalism, practicality and overall IT reform in Brunei, which would be beneficial to both private and government sectors.