When Queensland-based software designer Mat-Man realised it needed to enhance its flagship data card system to keep its business growing, it took a while to get the product right.
But when they finally did, the system, which helps organisations keep track of all card transactions used in their day-to-day operations, worked so well that Oracle immediately signed the company as its first-ever Co-operative Applications Initiative (CAI) partner in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since integrating its new system with Oracle Financials and other third-party products, the com-pany has seen its client list grow significantly to include the likes of the ABC and the Queensland Department of Health.
"We started with a data card system 10 years ago that was designed for use with credit cards," Steve Green, Mat-Man's managing director and founder, explained. "However, recently we realised there was a need for a product that would provide organisations with an efficient system for the procurement of goods and services, that allowed them to bypass the requirements for raising purchase orders, matching invoices and producing cheques. So, we started rebuilding our card system."
With plans to arm it with general ledger integration properties, Mat-Man used the old data card system as a prototype for its new cardSmart software, which was finally finished six months ago. Designed to run alone or fully integrated with a range of other Mat-Man-developed software for supply management and plant maintenance, cardSmart enables companies to record, maintain, validate and report all types of card transactions in line with their procedural requirements and purchasing policies.
The system caters for multiple types of cards with different selections of card holders and cost centres, allowing reconciliation at all three levels. Furthermore, cardSmart has a security feature allowing or disallowing enquiry access between card holders.
According to Green, cardSmart can be Web-enabled very quickly using a range of Oracle-based tools and applications that Mat-Man has developed.