The advent of Internet has changed the way some products are designed and manufactured.

For example, a video-on-demand system at a hotel in Tokyo might use an MPEG video chip from the United States and an application middleware (video engine) from France. The top-level architecture might have been designed in Japan and the actual manufacturing was probably done in Taiwan or Mainland China. To design and manufacture such a system, technical information, application software, video engine, and all other necessary digital files can be sent over Internet to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. Complicated questions and problems can be solved by communicating thoroughly over e-mails and occasional teleconferences. Regardless of the location and the time difference, some of the best skill sets and cost advantages can be utilized this way to develop and/or manufacture these types of products for more productivity.

We named this "cross-cultural engineering" and, in this type of operation, it is sometimes a great challenge to overcome problems arising from the cultural and linguistic gaps. A traditional approach would be to complete a product at one location so sellers and buyers just need to focus their attention to the specifications and prices. This is relatively simple even in the case of international business. The cross- cultural engineering, on the other hand, means additional engineering to match and integrate several incomplete key components which come from different parts of the world. Management and coordination for this type of processes therefore will require deep technical knowledge, understanding of market needs, and the unique skill to overcome the language and cultural differences in communication.

We found that a so-called "bridge SE" (internationally "bridging" System Engineer) has a critical role in these challenging "cross- cultural engineering" projects. The mission of Global Vision Technology, Inc. is therefore to train our engineers to become skilled "bridge SEs" and provide them to our clients to help their business needs covering both ends of Pacific, primarily in the U.S. and Japan. This may be a unique niche business for us but we also believe it can make a big difference in our clients' global scale business in many years to come.

Hal Amano
President and CEO
Global Vision Technology, Inc.