Tool is just the job for trades
- 06 June, 2001 22:00
Auckland-developed software Ezijobz could be just the ticket for the trades.
DBA Software Asia Pacific has launched Ezijobz, which promises quoting, estimating, job costing and invoicing for less than the price of a powertool.
Ezijobz also provides supplier catalogues, an extensive notes section and job profit reporting, as well as a built-in spreadsheet function and auto-quality calculation to make quotes more accurate.
Managing director Jeff Keith says he came up with the idea for the program some years ago when his Australian brother-in-law wanted something more useful than pieces of paper held together with a paper clip. Keith says he searched the markets across New Zealand and overseas, but found nothing that would suit trade contractors here.
After developing a simple program tailor-made for his brother-in-law using old technologies, he has just released a Windows-based product written in Delphi.
No ASP offering is available, as “not everybody has high-speed internet availability”, says Keith.
The three to six months of development included beta-testing across about 20 different trades. Keith estimates a potential market of 800,000 in Australia and New Zealand, given that the software if “fairly generic” and can be used across a range of trades. He says in its first week the product claimed a sale to a Hastings company.
After the New Zealand rollout, DBA Software plans to launch the software across the Tasman, where it has a Sydney office. Sales in the Asia-Pacific are planned, as well as in the US market, involving the company’s US parent.
DBA Software employs five people in New Zealand and is an offshoot of a US ERP supplier with the same name, which started in 1992. Keith also trades as Enterprise Wide Solutions, which is better known for its Axapta ERP software, and employs 15 staff.