Kiwis arrive with management software

Kiwis arrive with management software

New-Zealand based Ezijobz Software has appointed a general manager to establish sales in Australia and has signed Scholastic New Media for retail and education distribution.

Ezijobz began as a developer of job management software for tradespeople and contractors. The software manages such tasks as quoting, costing and scheduling of jobs as well as basic accounting processes such as invoicing and financial reports.

The success of the JobManager software in New Zealand saw the developer extend its functionality to more complex services-based businesses, releasing a new version called ServiceManager. Added features include inventory management, maintenance scheduling, service history and some more advanced taxation features.

Ezijobz has now taken the covers off a new application called BusinessManager, which takes the functionality of the original two applications and adds such options as catalogues and point of sale.

The three products are beginning to hit the shelves of retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks courtesy of a distribution agreement with Scholastic New Media. But Errol Ruster, newly appointed general manager for Ezijobz in Australia, is seeking a larger distribution partner to tackle the wider reseller channel.

Ruster is confident the software will prove very successful in a cost-conscious small business market. JobManager is priced at $199 per user, ServiceManager is $329 and the complete BusinessManager app costs $399.

Ruster said the developers of Ezijobz have only included basic accounting functions in the product so as not to compete with accounting software vendors, which are more useful as sales partners. The software integrates with most brand name accounting packages and Ruster said he is hoping many of Ezijobz's resellers will find it an interesting value-add to offer to their small business customers.

The software, coded in Borland's Delphi language, includes a free licence of the InterBase database (now owned by Borland) for up to 100 users. For businesses that need any more users, it can sit on Oracle, Informix, DB2, SQL or any other relational database.

Ruster said he has signed agreements with several TAFE colleges to have JobManager become part of the syllabus. He is also eagerly awaiting new versions from the New Zealand developers that will cater for the use of wireless devices.

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