London-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology vendor Asite is starting up an operation in South Africa. A news release says it is launching the new business on 6 November at a capital projects seminar organised by hosting partner Dimension Data at its Bryanston office north of Johannesburg. Ian Saunders, previously at EasyBuild but now MD of Asite South Africa, is quoted as saying:
“We are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Asite in South Africa, where we’ll share real-world cases of how massive capital projects have benefited from this cloud solution.”
South Africa has been targeted by other AEC SaaS collaboration vendors. Docia (since July 2014 a subsidiary of RIB Software) opened an office in Johannesburg in early 2012, for example, and 4Projects international partner strategy saw it working with CCS, also in 2012 (though that relationship has since ended – Vaughan Harris recently moved from CCS and is now at Asite as business development manager Africa). There is also an appetite for SaaS solutions among some South Africa-based corporations – iSite revealed last month that it had secured South Africa’s largest bank as a client.
Updates (18 November 2014) – Read the Asite news release about the launch (17 December 2014), or this one, which says the company’s Johannesburg office opened on 21 October, with a Cape Town office due to open in 2015.