Hugh Happens upon Jim 2

Hugh Happens upon Jim 2

Former Siltek chief executive officer Hugh Evans has set up a company to market and deploy a financial applications suite designed specifically for the channel.

Since leaving Siltek in March following a disagreement with the distributor's board of directors, Evans has been evaluating a number of options before deciding to launch Happen Business Pty Ltd specifically to sell Jim 2 software.

A DOS version of the Jim software was initially developed 13 years ago, but the next generation Windows version has been in development for three years under Paul Berger and a team of software engineers. Evans has bought into the development and is currently in the process of commercialising the product through Happen.

"A lot of resellers and dealers use MYOB or Quicken, but these are just general accounting packages," Evans told ARN. "Jim 2 is financial and business systems software that offers some really unique features to resellers and dealers in the channel."

Based on Microsoft SQL Server, Jim 2 features sales order processing, a live general ledger to check up-to-the-minute customer accounts, tracking of service, manufacturing and sales jobs, as well as quoting of products and serial numbers.

"It's written with the user in mind," says Evans, who leveraged his 10-year experience in distribution in Jim 2's development. "You can configure Jim 2 the way you want to run your business, with the accounting done in the background rather than the accounting software driving the way you run your business."

Despite claiming the company is already profitable with a number of live sites, Evans is in the process of obtaining additional venture capital funds and government grants in order to further market and promote the product.

With seven staff, Happen is looking to bring out a B2B version, dubbed Jim2Jim, which will provide middleware that enables resellers running on Jim 2 to interface directly into the back-end systems of the major distributors.

Evans claims he is in the process of setting up a channel of "strong" resellers that will provide the integration and support of the Jim 2 software.

Happen is targeting any IT company with three seats or more. Ultimately ,Evans sees the product exported overseas and going head-to-head against the likes of mid-market ERP and financials software vendors Navision and Microsoft's Great Plains.

Jim 2 retails at around $1980 per seat.

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