Towards CBA 2000

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

In 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 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 seamless migration from our DOS based package."

Jones told ARN that, since its release in October 1997, about 500 sites have been upgraded to CBA 2000. The 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.

As an example, a mid-size customer with eight users and the core financial modules only would be charged $2160. The fees for professional services such as installation, set up and training are in addition to this. So the upgrade will be something of a bonanza for resellers over the next 12 months.

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