Made in Japan Software Consortium Sets Standards

The MIJS ‘Made in Japan Software’ Consortium, consisting of 13 leading domestic software vendors and represented by founding companies Cybozu, Inc. and Softbrain Co., Ltd., was initiated at a public cermony in Tokyo on August 7, 2006. MIJS member companies have organized to standardize the interface between products in each software genre, leading to a future SOA-based service model common to any industry or business category, on a platform adopted by the consortium.

“For many years, Japanese industry including automotive, electronics and steel have garnered respect worldwide. However, the Japanese software industry as a whole finds itself with less relative market recognition, and lacks the competitiveness needed for the global market, in spite of its adequately advanced technical specifications,” says Yoshihisa Aono, President of Cybozu. “The mission of the MIJS consortium is to bring organization and collective knowledge to this task, so that ‘Made in Japan’ will grow to encompass the best software product and application technology from Japan as well.”

In order to meet customer demand placed on IT by business, MIJS will work from the software vendor perspective to build system platforms offering coordination between software products responding to and anticipating demand in the market. The consortium will also work to increase recognition, domestically and overseas, of the growing excellence of Japanese software, and to solidify business foundation in the market.

“We have arrived at a level where there are many outstanding Japanese products and applications that evolved through intense competition in the Japanese market and success in satisfying strict customer requirements,” said Takahiro Matsuda, CEO of SoftBrain. “In terms of the ability to meet detailed customer needs and provide expertise and service, Japanese software companies are establishing their own unique superiority. MIJS is a new platform to encourage fonder members, and new members in the future, to standardize these efforts towards building a standard service model in the future.”

Demand for Service-oriented Architectures offering the ability to create flexible systems by using software products that precisely meet operational needs which can then be matched together is replacing demand for tconventional systems in Japan which are traditionally developed by building new program features one by one.

The MIJS consortium has garnered the participation of leading domestic software vendors with primary market share in each category in order to provide the strongest bundle of solutions and services presently available, not only with the goal of increasing competitiveness domestically, but with the goal of expanding into the international marketplace as well, while establishing a unique software idenity and a Japanese national brand.

About MIJS
The Made in Japan Software Consortium (MIJS), consisting of 13 leading domestic software vendors and represented by founding companies Cybozu, Inc. and Softbrain Co., Ltd., was created on August 7, 2006. MIJS member companies will organize and standardize the interface between products in each software genre, leading to a future SOA-based service model common to any industry or business category, on a platform adopted by the consortium.