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Focus On New Software

Published: Mon 9 Oct 2000 05:37 PM
Focus On New Software
From the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology For immediate release
FOCUS ON NEW SOFTWARE
Auckland-based Focus Computers Systems has developed a new accounting software package that has strong export potential. Director Brian Keltie says more than 12,000 hours have been spent in developing the Microsoft Windows-based accounting, distribution and manufacturing product. Called Propella, the system allows business-to-business e-commerce. Mr Keltie says his company is using the system already and it is an application that can be used in businesses as diverse as medical supply companies - where lot number tracking and expiry date management of stock is critical - to automotive parts distributors and even baby buggy manufacturers. He says the program has twin benefits for the New Zealand economy. "Not only do New Zealand companies have the opportunity to buy a locally made product, but also the export potential is enormous," Mr Keltie says. "The lower dollar will also help in both markets by making the product more competitive." Propella is capable of being installed as a run-time product without the need for any additional third-party charges, such as database or report writer licences, assuming an existing Windows 95, 98 or NT network is installed. Now in its 20th year of trading, Focus received vital support from Technology New Zealand - part of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology - which invests in research into new products, processes or services. "Technology New Zealand provided the catalyst for the bulk of Propella's 'engine' work'," Mr Keltie says. "With the assistance, Focus was able to build a product that was more robust and had more features than originally planned." Staff skill levels have also been significantly raised through their participation in the project. With forward orders already, Mr Keltie says the product is assured of a successful launch. A search is now in progress for a suitable investment partner to join Focus and enable the full potential of the product to be reached through local dealerships, Internet sales and international alliances. -ends-
Caption: Focus Computers partners Brian Keltie, right, and David Gerrard with the new software.
Contact: * Brian Keltie, Focus Computers, Ph: (09) 478-0008. Email: brian@focus-comp.co.nz * Ian Gray Technology New Zealand at the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (Auckland Office), (09) 912-6730, or 021 660-409. Website: www.technz.co.nz
Prepared on behalf of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology by ID Communications. Contact: Ian Carson (04) 477-2525,Email: ian@idcomm.co.nz

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