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CDC Software expands in Africa through new VAR

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CDC Software, a a provider of industry-specific enterprise software applications and business services, has has signed an agreement with Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings to act as the exclusive value-added reseller (VAR) of CDC Software’s process manufacturing industry solutions throughout Africa, especially in the rapidly-growing South Africa market.

This agreement helps CDC Software expand its footprint in a burgeoning market for enterprise solutions.  According to Business Monitor International’s (BMI) South Africa Information Technology Report released in May 2008, the total size of the South Africa IT market is expected to increase 45% from $8-billion in 2007 to approximately $11,6-billion in 2012.  The software market in South Africa is expected to grow to more than $1,6-billion this year, and to achieve a CAGR of about 9% between 2007-2012.
Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings is a leading provider of targeted consulting and implementation services in the fields of operational intelligence including process enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing execution systems (MES), process safety, supply chain, customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI).
"Rifle-Shot’s wealth of knowledge, their strong customer base, as well as their expertise in the process manufacturing industries in both South and sub-Saharan Africa, make them an ideal partner for our expansion in this potentially lucrative market,” says Bruce Cameron, senior vice-president of global sales at CDC Software.
“Process manufacturers in Africa can see immediate and sustainable value in their operations after implementing our Ross and CDC Factory solutions.  We are very excited to partner with Rifle-Shot and expand our footprint in this growing enterprise software market,” says Cameron.
Ian Huntly, MD of Rifle-Shot, comments: “We are very excited about this partnership and the expanded benefits we are now able to offer our clients through CDC Software’s solutions.  We have already helped a large number of companies improve their businesses through our software implementations and CDC Software’s industry-focused and proven process manufacturing solutions can now help our clients realize a more value and lower total cost of ownership.”