Telstra, the old Australian phone company before government-owned monopolies became unfashionable and now the country’s leading telecom and media house, is going into the Software as a Service (SaaS) business.
It’s got a platform called T-Suite and intends to use it to supply on-demand business applications to Australian businesses, particularly SMEs.
T-Suite is also supposed to take Australian software designers and their applications into the global market.
The company is in advanced talks with local and global software providers, according to Telstra business executive director Charles Agee.
“We will begin tests with a limited number of businesses at the end of this month with a full-scale launch in early 2009,” he said.
The software was not identified.
Telstra describes T-Suite as a one-stop shop “where established software names will share shelf space with up-and-coming Australian companies. If an Australian software designer comes up with an innovative program it means he will have access to the national market and can use it as a springboard to the world.”
Telstra reasons that it’s already represented in more than a million businesses and figures that linking them to T-Suite via Telstra’s Next G wireless and Next IP fixed wire networks means “
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Telstra business group managing director Deena Shiff positions T-Suite as a great leveler.
“Small to medium enterprises are the ‘engine room’ of the Australian economy,” she said in a statement, “and with the launch of T-Suite they will be able to access the latest on-demand business applications previously only available to big businesses that could afford their own IT departments.”
“For the first time, when it comes to business applications, small businesses will be on a level playing field with the big end of town.”
According to Agee, “T-Suite means that small businesses can afford what very large businesses enjoy in terms of business-to-business software to drive their business forward.
“Until now they couldn't afford it because of the license fees, the costs to maintain and update and the fact that the application itself is often over-engineered for a small user.”