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April 2000 - Homegrown end-to-end IT solution provider, ABi Asia Pte Ltd recently announced
the availability of BITE or Business IT Empowerment solution package. Designed to help SMEs leverage on IT and
compete on par with larger companies, BITE features Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), e-commerce and Knowledge
Management capabilities. BITE is modular in design, enabling companies to start with the ERP package and progress
to other modules when required.
As the basic tier of the package, the ERP module facilitates the business operation functions such as E-Connect.
Retail, E-Connect.Distribution and E-Connect.Finance. While the e-commerce module enables B2B and B2C transactions,
the KM module builds a data warehouse and provides a knowledge base for sharing within the enterprise and customers
through the Intranet.
David Tan, chief executive officer of ABi Asia Pte Ltd explained: Our mission is to help SMEs embrace the IT revolution
at an affordable cost. In the long run, we aim to form a global SME community where SMEs can engage in win-win
business exchange and the sharing of ideas. BITE is a strategic necessity for SMEs to stay competitive and become
regional or even global players.
As a one-stop solution, it comes with a training package, a suite of online Web services and technical support
services. The solution is also offered on a subscription-based to SMEs.
BITE has also been successfully implemented in PageOne, a bookshop with operations in Hong Kong and Singapore.
ABi Asia has plans to roll out BITE in Hong Kong and Malaysia through its local offices.
The company received $2 million in seed money in its first round of financing. This was used for product roll outs
and marketing. ABi Asia has plans to expand its operations to Australia, Japan and Taiwan. According to Tan, the
company has plans to set up a research centre in Silicon Valley by end of the year.