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New SunSystems Shanghai office secures its first contract win
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American School joins 2,300 existing SunSystems sites in China

The newly opened SunSystems office in Shanghai, China has secured its first customer win.
Joining 2,300 existing sites in China and Hong Kong, the Shanghai American School is an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational day school that is sponsored by the US Consulate. It is the city's largest school for the expatriate community, with 1,720 students from 48 countries and more than 190 teachers from 15 countries.

To support its international focus, the school has bought a 16-user SunSystems license, which will provide a low risk, cost effective, multi-lingual, multi-currency solution to help the school manage and interpret the complex business and financial information it generates. The system will include SunSystems Vision, a complementary business intelligence and reporting offering, and SunSystems i2i Purchase Requisitioning, a fully web-enabled solution for enhancing internal procedures.

Paul Coleman, chief executive officer of Systems Union Group plc, author of SunSystems, said: "The opening of the Shanghai office is very significant in the progress of Systems Union and the speed of this first contract win confirms the enormous potential of this emerging marketplace. We have been operating in the region since 1985 with both simplified and traditional Chinese within our spread of 32 languages. Indeed, Chinese is the third most used language in SunSystems."

The new Shanghai office will employ 50 people by the end of 2003, with further growth planned beyond that, making it the second largest (after the Farnborough headquarters) of the 21 SunSystems offices around the world. In addition to sales, marketing and operations, the Shanghai office will include a sizeable research & development operation that will focus on Java development work as an offshoot of the main R&D facility at Farnborough.

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