Life in funeral and accounting packages

Software developer Intersoft systems has found life in funerals and accountancy.

Software developer Intersoft systems has found life in funerals and accountancy.

Last December, the 20-year-old firm launched its latest version of accounting software emPOWER, which uses Visual Basic and Microsoft databases. EmPOWER is aimed at multi-branch, multi-centre reporting and, says marketing manager Paul Thompson, companies that have outgrown MYOB, NZA, Quick & Ready.

Intersoft trialled a hosted service for the application but found it too expensive for users.

The company also makes software for funeral directors, and claims 40 Kiwi clients and over 20 Australian clients. FdPower was launched 18 months ago, with the original DOS-based database now updated for Windows. It features accounting and invoicing modules.

Thompson says his system will be available for integrating with the systems of third-parties, particularly “specialist vertical products”, like car yard software to track car yard costs.

The company’s FinPower software handles hire purchase and the finance industry. The company claims it is one of the most popular such products in New Zealand, serving 200 clients.

Intersoft also sells to Samoa and Fiji. Deals with firms in Jamaica, Kenya and South Africa are underway.

Intersoft employs eight staff and has a turnover between $500,000 and $1 million. It was founded by Derek Olson in Hastings, but is now based in Napier.

Thompson says the firm has remained in Hawke’s Bay because “of cheaper business costs, in terms of staff and location, and with communication by email you can be anywhere in the world”.

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