Exigen, the IT business process solutions company with its headquarters in San Francisco but most of the work done in Latvia, is looking to rationalize processes at the Sydney Water Company in Australia.
A team of four Exigen consultants, including the "Godfather" of the Latvian IT industry, Janis Gobins, are doing a pre-feasibilty study (or some such thing) for the Australian utility, which is owned by the state of New South Wales.
The anticipated deal could be signed in 2006 (state-owned bureaucracies take their time) and will be worth several million AUD for Exigen. Most of the work of redesigning the utility's business processes will be done in Latvia.
Besides Gobins, there are two Exigen people from the US and one from Australia working on getting the deal. Gobins, the Latvian-American founder of German-based Infologistik in the late 1980s, was one of the first West European companies to employ Latvian systems analysis and programming talent starting around 1989.
From these beginnings sprang SWH Technologies, the Latvian IT company that was merged into Exigen Latvia.