ILOGÂ® (NASDAQ: ILOG; Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced it has established a subsidiary in China to support its expanding business operations in China, recruit and manage its partnerships there and create an increased demand for ILOGâs products in the country. Based in Shanghai, ILOG Software Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. is a Wholly-Owned Foreign Enterprise, which will be led by Bounthara Ing, ILOGâs Deputy CEO and executive vice president in charge of Asia Pacific operations. The company previously had a Beijing representative office in China.
By establishing the subsidiary, ILOG hopes to benefit from the rapid growth anticipated in the Chinese IT market and the drive for Chinese companies to create a local software industry. IT spending in China is expected to grow at 14 percent this year, outpacing the 5.8 percent growth expected in the U.S., according to research firm IDC. The company also hopes to leverage the need for process automation and business agility, as well as planning and scheduling solutions to help Chinese companies better respond to the hyper-growth they are experiencing as a result of their booming economy.
Located in the Pudong Software Park, the new subsidiary will provide sales, service and training for ILOGâs growing Chinese customer base. The Company is also planning to tap local technical talent through the creation of a competency center, which will work closely with its local partners to deliver services and software solutions that will benefit ILOG customers worldwide.
Consistent with Chinaâs âEleventh Five-year Plan,â which has specifically identified as a goal the development of an âinnovation-oriented country,â Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao recently said the central government will increase spending on science and technology by nearly 20 percent this year.
âTo materialize its goals on the IT front, Chinese companies will need software to help create their own unique innovations they can export to the rest of the world,â said ILOG Chairman and CEO, Pierre Haren. âBy establishing this subsidiary, we hope to capitalize on the demand for home-grown innovation by providing software tools and solutions to help China realize its goal. Relocating some of our top management talent demonstrates our significant commitment to the region.â
âAs a leading provider of software products that have been used to create strategic software applications for the worldâs largest software companies, along with many of the Global 2000, we are an ideal partner for Chinese companies that want their business operations to become more scalable and agile,â said Ing. âWe already have some of the biggest companies on the mainland as customers, and we look forward to working with our local partners to increase the penetration of our products in China.â
ILOG has had a presence in the Chinese market since 1999 when it began partnering with several leading Chinese universities, including Tsinghua, Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, Xian Jiaotong, Tongii, NanKai and Jilin universities, among others, to provide software and training services. ILOGâs customer base in China includes leading financial institutions such as China Construction Bank, Everbright Bank and Taiping Life Insurance, as well as major telecom equipment providers like Huawei and leading manufacturers like Baosteel. ILOG also has partnerships with many regional systems integrators such as Shanghai First Tech, Primeton, AsiaInfo and BOCO. Due to the explosive growth of the telecom sector in China and an increasingly competitive environment, many large mobile operators such as Zhejiang Mobile, Shanghai Mobile, Guangdong Mobile, Shanghai Telecom are using ILOGâs BRMS for channel management, settlement and loyalty program management, among other applications, as key parts of their customer acquisition and retention strategies. It opened its Beijing office in 2002.