CollabNet, a provider of collaborative software development solutions, has announced Akashic Corporation, a systems integrator and software development firm based in Tokyo, as its first customer in Japan. Akashic is a solutions provider for Japanese companies including Asahi Chemical Information Systems Company, Canon Sales, Hitachi, NEC, Bank of Japan, Nihon IBM, Nihon HP, and NTT-PC Communications. Akashic provides customers with a variety of software development capabilities, creating applications and solutions ranging from: system development to system operation and system maintenance. Recently, Akashic has worked on projects, including updating a corporate legacy system, creating an elearning system, and developing a Web-portal for a district government. The CollabNet SourceCast environment combines the necessary infrastructure for collaborative development, which include applications for: software development, technical communication, knowledge management, and project administration. Akashic is using the CollabNet SourceCast environment to manage multiple client projects, as well as to address the challenges of distributed software development across its affiliate companies, Bisonsoft Corporation and Cosmo Technology Corporation.