Executive Software and its sister company Diasoft are the first New Zealand software companies to have their products certified for use with Vista by Microsoft.
The quick tie-in with the new operating system has technical, aesthetic and business advantages, say the companies.
Vista is bundled with .Net, which is the framework for Executive Software’s applications, which are aimed at employee assistance programmes. Diasoft’s Victor application tracks gaming machine populations.
Previously, a developer would have had to both buy and work with Windows and .Net separately, says Diasoft’s Bert Haggren.
From the user point of view it looks better and is more robust, with better security, than XP, although the security precautions may irk some users, by disallowing more informal ways of working with the applications. Vista “is a more responsive environment”, says Haggren. It is quicker to boot-up and respond to user commands.
Executive Software developed its EAP Executive software specifically for EAP Services, which is a major local provider of testing and analysis services for employee evaluations and course administration. An agreement prevents the company selling to EAP Services’ rivals in New Zealand, says general manager Josette Haggren.
This means we have to look to Australia, where it is important to show products are “up-to-the-minute” and visually appealing, she says.
Official recognition by Microsoft also means the company benefits from the huge marketing effort that is going into Vista. Both the Executive Software and Diasoft products are already listed on Microsoft’s Windows Vista website.