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Saturday, 06 February 2010 20:28

Queensland open source firm scores US deal

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Queensland open source software company Zac-Ware has scored a contract for its Jentla software with the sixth largest educational institution in the US.

Jentla was launched nine months ago and was last year recognised by the Australian Financial Reviews's MIS Magazine as one of its rising stars. It is an enterprise grade content management extension for Joomla! web developers.

Zac-Ware chief executive, Damian Hickey, said: "We are now extending into the US market with its adoption by Florida State College at Jacksonville. At 90,000 students, they have some serious web requirements.

"The recognition by MIS is additional vindication of the approach we have taken over the last several years - to build a solution around open source software."

Jentla can be used to manage up to 1000 sites, implementing content changes specific to each site, or else changes meant generally for a larger number. Zac-Ware operates from The University of Queensland's i.lab incubator at Toowong.

Hickey said that being a small business they had recognised the need for a system that made Joomla! more accessible for businesses and cut down the time needed by web developers to run a large number of sites. Joomla!'s

"Jentla is based on an open-source solution, which allows us to draw on the enthusiasm and creativity of thousands of developers,' he said. 'We then combine that energy and productivity with a clear enterprise architectural focus.'

Zac-Ware is a three-year-old start-up that moved to the i.lab incubator almost a year ago. "We had the knowhow in our industry but basing ourselves at this unique technology business incubator has allowed us to take advantage of the business mentoring facilities and helps us develop and grow markets for our products," Hickey said.

(Disclosure: iTWire uses Joomla!, plus a few proprietary extensions, to run this website.)
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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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