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
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