SOURCE: Software Concepts

July 12, 2005 07:45 ET

Software Concepts First to Bring ERP Features to Small Businesses at Small Business Prices

NORTH BILLERICA, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 12, 2005 -- Software Concepts, Inc. today released a set of groundbreaking Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) features that underscore the company's twenty-six year tenure in delivering advanced back-office applications to small businesses, distributors and wholesalers.

Since 1979, Software Concepts has created, published and installed software for the automation of "back-office" functions within small businesses. The high performance, low cost application offers consistent sub-second transactional performance across a range of critical functions, including: order management, inventory control, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, commission management, sales analysis and light manufacturing. Since the application is a truly integrated suite, all data entries occur in real time and update across all functions, giving all system users an up-to-the second accurate view.

As an IBM business partner, Software Concepts delivers a low cost, easy to manage ERP computing system to small businesses. Optimized for IBM's iSeries servers, reported by IDC as having the lowest total cost of ownership and highest reliability, the system also operates Windows, Unix and Linux making it highly adaptable and scalable.

Companies needing integrated functionality previously found only in very expensive applications will appreciate the high-end features of the company's latest release, DS90 version 4.1. A few of the new features include:

--  Advanced order management. Integrated emailing and faxing allows users
    to send multiple forms and acknowledgements to vendors and customers
    instantaneously. Real time access to all inventory, products ordered,
    suggested purchasing, and purchase orders "on the fly" are a few of the
    customer-driven enhancements.
    
--  Simplified electronic communications with vendors and customers. DS90
    customers can now import orders from any source, like web sites, PDAs,
    wireless handhelds, etc. Support for all major EDI transactions including
    810, 820, 850 and 856 are immediately available and other transaction sets
    by request. Both host-based and service bureau EDI configurations are
    supported.
    
--  Universal client support. Unlike other systems, DS90 supports Window
    clients, Java clients and standard HTML browsers.
    
--  Code access. While some software vendors retain stringent controls of
    their source code, Software Concepts provides source code to all customers
    at no additional cost.
    
Peter LaPrad, IT Director at Boston Warehouse Trading Corp., has used Software Concepts since 1996, scaling the system from 7 to 75 users. He commented, "The efficiency and productivity we enjoy is immeasurable. The system is extremely reliable, running 24x7 for almost 10 years and still ticking." In addition, LaPrad leveraged the order management flexibility for offline ordering, further extending their EDI initiatives. He stated, "The software integration capabilities helped us become more responsive and flexible. We have adopted PDA integration, shipping applications and better warehouse practices."

Pricing and Availability

The new DS90 features are now available to all businesses. Software Concepts offers value-pack licensing for up to five users for very small businesses and small enterprise pricing for emerging businesses having six or more users.

Software Concepts provides uniquely comprehensive computing solutions to small and emerging businesses. With more than 25 years in financial accounting, inventory control, order management and advanced applications, the company installs and supports its own software for growing businesses who desire ERP features at down to earth prices. Software Concepts is an IBM Authorized Business Partner certified in Technical Design and Solution Sales.

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