Focus nabs first accounting app sales

Users are signing up for accountancy software launched this month after 14,000 hours of development.

Users are signing up for accountancy software launched this month after 14,000 hours of development.

Windows-based Propella was developed over two years by small Auckland software firm Focus Computer Systems, helped by a $224,000 grant from Technology New Zealand.

Twenty-year-old Focus has been using the system for its own accounting, distribution and manufacturing and the 24-user Auckland-based InterMed Medical Systems has beta-tested it for six months.

InterMed administration manager Judith Easton says she is "very impressed" with Propella, which sales staff find easy to use.

Gerard Burns, a consultant at Mt Eden-based book distributor Allphy Books, says the system “covers all the bases”.

“I thought it had all the functionality we required and it looks reliable. Some other systems had bells and whistles and looked sexy", but didn't measure up, he says. "I also have a lot of confidence in the people installing it,” says Burns.

The web-enabled product sells for about $1900 a user and rivals Sybiz, Pastel and Quanta, says Focus, handling financial, stocks and order processing. It can be installed as a run-time product without attracting any extra third-party charges, such as database or report writer licences, assuming an existing Windows 95, 98 or NT network is installed.

An ASP version is in the pipeline.

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