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Viet Nam climbs IT software exports ladder

Update: September, 30/2013 - 09:39

Viet Nam has surpassed India in software exports to Japan to rank second behind China and is also among the top 10 software exporting nations, according to the IT industry business group.— Photo baobariavungtau

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam has surpassed India in software exports to Japan to rank second behind China and is also among the top 10 software exporting nations, according to the IT industry business group.

Analysts attributed the industry's success to the strong growth of domestic software companies due to their constant effort to develop technologies.

FPT Telecom's Software Company typifies the trend, with exports of US$81 million last year, 30 per cent up from 2011.

In the first half of this year the company's turnover topped $47 million, a 32 per cent rise.

Outsourcing company KMS Technology said turnover increased from $4.51 million in 2011 to US$6.7 million in 2012 and estimated at US$9 million by the end of 2013.

CMC Software Company (CMCSoft) has started exporting to the US and Japan besides other potential markets like Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Demark, South Korea, and Singapore.

Analysts said many domestic software companies are now able to provide a package of software services (comprising consulting, designing, and operating) using new technologies like mobile cloud computing.

TMA Solutions Company, for instance, expects cloud computing and mobile technologies to increase its turnover by 20 per cent.

CMC Soft plans to develop applications for IOS and Android – based smart phones.

Nguyen Thanh Lam, general director of FPT, said Viet Nam's software exports are growing due to low costs. Japanese consumers tended to switch to the ASEAN countries and Viet Nam is an attractive destination, he added.

Truong Gia Binh, chairman of the Viet Nam Software and IT Services Association, said after gaining experience software companies are now able to undertake highly technical tasks.

By using cloud computing and mobile technologies, FPT Software Company, TMA, and others have many opportunities to improve their image as well as business on the global market, he said. — VNS

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