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ISYS Search Software Selected for Austrade High Tech Tour

Italy and France, 11 - 15 November 2002

ISYS Search Software has won a place on the Austrade High Tech Tour to Italy and France this November. Together with nine other Australian companies, ISYS was selected from 153 entrants across the country.

Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Icon Recruitment and Sun Microsystems, the Euro High Tech Tour offers an intensive and all encompassing learning experience for companies wishing to fast track their business into Europe.

The trip is an all-expenses paid, hands-on, five day immersive business program in Italy and France from 11- 15 November 2002. The overseas program has been organised by Austrade Milan and Austrade Paris.

"We are very excited at this opportunity to learn more about the European market," said Managing Director, Ian Davies. "With ISYS's UK office less than two years old, it is the perfect time to learn more about these markets and make good contacts within the ITC industry."

The 10 winners will visit Italy and France, gaining on-the-ground intelligence, first-hand knowledge of how to conduct business in Europe, advice on launching into the world's largest group of integrated high-tech markets, and an audience with industry leaders.

"It's fantastic to see such an impressive bunch of high tech companies - the standard in this year's competition is very strong," said Austrade's Regional Team leader, ICT Europe, Mr Tim 'Connor.

Today, France ranks fourth worldwide in the ITC industry. Together, information technology and telecommunications represent about 10 percent of French manufacturing industry, employing more than 270,000 people and accounting for more than 5 percent of French GDP. With a 5.5% growth rate recorded for the French IT market in 2001, it is estimated that this growth will continue with expected growth rates of 5.9% and 9.3% in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Italy is Europe's fourth largest ITC market after Germany, UK, and France but the sector is yet to mature and thus has considerable potential for Australian companies involved in developing and exporting ICT solutions.

"Austrade has been an excellent ally in all our export efforts," said Mr Davies. "They are so well organised and all of their programmes offer great value. We look forward to taking full advantage of this new opportunity."


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