Towards CBA 2000

Towards CBA 2000

An estimated 6000 active Focus Software customer sites in Australia and New Zealand are primed and ready to be upgraded to the Y2K-compliant version of the vendor's popular CBA accounting package.

In announcing its partnership with software company, the Cardinal Group, to develop CBA's eventual successor, Greentree, Focus Software has mapped out a product path for users and resellers.

According to Focus Software's Australian general manager, Richard Jones, the development of Greentree will mean that users and resellers can feel confident using CBA 2000.

"Greentree will offer an extended depth and breadth of product functionality enjoyed by CBA users now, with a complete migration from our DOS-based package," he said.

Jones told ARN that, since its release in October 1997, about 500 sites have been upgraded to CBA 2000. The upgrade cost is included in the annual maintenance fee, which is based on the number of seats and modules. For customers whose maintenance fees are in arrears, (and who may not have upgraded for several years) the cost will be the equivalent of two years maintenance fee.

For example, an eight-user site running Focus Software's core financial modules would be charged $2160. The fees for professional services such as installation, set up and training are in addition to this.

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