An estimated 6000 active Focus Software customer sites in Australia and New Zealand are ready to be upgraded to the Y2K-compliant version of the vendor's popular CBA accounting package.
By announcing its partnership with software company 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 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 CBA 2000's release in October 1997, about 500 sites have been upgraded. 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.
Sydney-based financial software reseller Compracc Consulting is gearing up for the anticipated rush for Greentree software by hiring more consultants.
Compracc's managing director, Chris Milner, described CBA2000 as a stepping stone for users of CBA who may eventually upgrade to Greentree.