India-based service and solution providers Zensar Technologies and Kalzoom have signed an agreement with Melbourne-based Triveni Infotech to provide ASP learning services to SMBs.
Sudhir Mathur, Australia and New Zealand country manager at Zensar Technologies, said Zensar had signed a memorandum of understanding with Melbourne's Triveni Infotech.
"For SMBs in Australia, we want to be able to provide an ASP-based online learning and training model," he said.
Mathur said Zensar would provide the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) leadership and subject matter expertise and Kalzoom the learning management system for Triveni.
Triveni would also supply a local hosting service for the initiative, he said.
"We, along with our partner in Australia, will be marketing this program," he said.
Australia had little CMMI expertise as yet, while Zensar was one of the first companies to be CMMI-certified, in 1999, Mathur added.
Pune-based Zensar – which has had an office in Australia for some years – was also seeking other local partners, he said.
"We've a few other partnerships in the pipeline and hope to be able to announce them in the near future," Mathur said.
He said last year saw Zensar achieve 70 percent growth in Australia and the company expected strong local sales to continue.
The Indian company was a joint venture of the RPG Group and Fujitsu, so much of its Australian work and partnering was done via 30 percent-shareholder Fujitsu, Mathur said.
Zensar overall reported consolidated net profits of US$8.73 million for the year ended 31 March 2005, up from US$2.76 million for the previous year.
Ganesh Natarajan, deputy chairman and managing director for Zensar, said the strong results reflected gains by the company's Solution BluePrint (SBP) framework.
"It has directly contributed 33 percent to new business in the current year," Natarajan said in a statement.
Zensar had also launched a Global Delivery Model (GDM) that supported a virtual community of software developers around the world building offerings via SBP.
The company last year also announced partnerships with Shenzhen government in China, to set up a "centre of excellence" that offered project management training to Chinese software professionals, and with Japan's Nomura Research Institute and Microsoft, in a US$30 million annual deal to launch a migration offering in Japan.
Zensar claims to employ some 2300 staff globally.