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EVEREST ON-DEMAND Everest On-Demand, an online version of Everest Advanced, contains the functions available in the desktop version, including accounting, inventory management, customer relation management, ecommerce, and shipping/receiving.

The system can be purchased under a one-year contract with quarterly payments. Pricing includes professional implementation services, IT services, and support. The architecture enables users to transition from the hosted system to on-premise system. Companies can add users by contacting their account managers. Optional data migration and back-up services are available.

Price: Starts at approximately $200 per seat per month. Everest: (800) 382-0725.

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PASSPORT DATA IMPORT MANAGER

Passport Data Import Manager handles large amounts of data from external sources, such as timeclock systems, or price or item updates from vendors.

Any external data that can be put into a flat or text file can be automatically delivered to user-specified fields in Passport Business Solutions, which is based on the former RealWorld accounting software line.

Price: $1,095 (single user). Passport Software: (847) 729-7900

INTACCT BI

Intacct's Business Intelligence application, bundled with Intacct's ERP On Demand, spans a wide range of features, including personalized dashboards, customized reporting, budgeting, business event management, integration, and data marts.

An ad hoc query tool extracts and analyzes information in ERP On Demand and in third-party applications such as CRM, warehouse management, and payroll. A wizard can be used to personalize dashboard content for roles such as CEO, CFO, and vice president of sales.

Price: ERP on Demand, $125 per user per month (average). Intacct: (877) 437-7765.

PAYCYCLE 2006

PayCycle's My Setup Wizard guides small business employers through the the on-demand payroll system, employing a step-by-step set-up interview, visual progress tracker, and customized pathways for special situations, to enable anyone to more easily perform tasks.

Employers can also now inform employees whenever a new pay stub is available. These can be retreived from the new employee Web site, PayCheckRecords.com. This password-protected site enables them to access all historical pay stubs.

Price: $14.99 per month. PayCycle: (866) 729-2925.

CCH PROFIT DRIVER

ProSystem fx Profit Driver's benchmarking tools demonstrate how clients' businesses stack up against financial benchmarks, and lay out specific steps for improvement in achieving that level of performance.

Benchmarking data can be selected by industry and by organization based on sales size, total asset size, or historical data. The traffic lighting feature immediately signals where a business ranks within the industry based on financial ratios. The package's what-if feature enables professional users to perform goal-seeking analysis to help clients achieve fiscal goals.

Price: $295. CCH: (800) 739-9998.

SILVER FINANCIAL PLANNER 4.0

Silver Financial Planner 4.0, rewritten to use the Microsoft .Net 2.0 framework, gives clients the opportunity to fill in an online questionnaire whose data can be encrypted and sent to a planner.

The system also checks for updates each time it is started and automatically alerts the user of the opportunity to download and install changes. Planners can also create custom templates of frequently used report pages that can be exported to PDF, Microsoft Word, and Excel formats.

Price: $450, plus $150 annual fee. Money Tree: (877) 421-9815.

THINMIND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

ThinMind Project Management 6.1 can upload files and attach them to related projects, while system administrators can set maximum file sizes and storage allocations.

Managers can use detailed budget allocations to specify budget amounts by itemizing areas such as time estimates, and labor and expense dollars. The Expense and Timesheet modules can determine budget versus actual results. Billing and costing summaries enable project managers to review billing and cost totals for any project or task. New report sections can be included with existing project status reports.

Price: $5 per month per user, depending upon number of users. Shift Technologies: (888) 404-7386.

NETSUITE VERSION 11.0

Ajax Everywhere, part of NetSuite Version 11.0, adapts the user interface in the on-demand product to provide Ajax-powered reporting, schedule management, document management, and Excel-like list editing.

The new SuiteScript offers application programming interfaces to NetSuite objects or custom objects added by customers, which are acted upon at the server level. SuiteScripts can be triggered by events, and in turn trigger activities in a way that time-based workflows and escalations such as drip marketing, which is based on orders and collections, can be automated.

Price: Starts at $99 per month, plus $49 per month for each user. NetSuite: (650) 627-1000.

DACEASY V. 14

Version 14 of DacEasy has improved reporting efficiency and drill-down capabilities to view and print transaction details from within reports.

The system can also designate customers and vendors with inactive status flags. Field-level protection provides strong security and auditing, with access-rights security limiting employees' access to the areas appropriate to their jobs.

Images such as company logos can be added to customizable reports and checks.

Price: $449.99. Sage Software: (800) 322-3279.

ACT FOR REAL ESTATE

Act Premium for Real Estate 2006 provides real estate professionals with industry-specific-contact management tools that include customized sales letters, reports, and single-click access to local multiple-listing service systems.

The Real Estate Custom Layout feature has fields for standard contact information and buyer interests such as buyer's price range, and requirements such as number of rooms, square feet, and preferred location.

Real Estate Custom Activities can manage calls, meetings, and to-do activities, and has more than 20 activities, including prospecting, marketing, listing, open house, and closing tasks.

Price: $469.99. Sage Software: (888) 228-2006.

TAX RESEARCH CONSULTANT

The latest version of Tax Research Consultant, a Web-based research tool, has more than 60 additional chapters on corporate reorganizations, net operating losses, and consolidated returns.

The topics, introduced in the chapter "Fundamental Concepts," are written in question-and-answer format so users can jump from questions to specific answers. They can also access a thumbnail summary with a single click on the "information icon" located next to each chapter. In addition, this version has 25 tools that explain tax rules and show practitioners how to apply them to their clients' particular situation.

Price: Starts at $1,799. CCH: (888) 224-7377.

JOBORDER 12.9

Users of the new Smart Scheduler in JobOrder 12.9 can access and see everything that needs to be scheduled along with schedules of the available free times of all persons in their organizations.

Smart Scheduler can access everything that needs to be scheduled in one window, along with staffers' availabilities, to coordinate workers, meeting rooms, and equipment. TimeTravel, another new tool, automatically moves scheduled time slips to the next day when assigned tasks have not been completed. The key Performance Indicator Manager automatically lets managers focus on those business metrics critical to meeting their organizations' goals.

Price: Starts at $1,095 for a single user license. Management Software: (877) 714-2587.

CLICKBASE

ClickBase creates and modifies reports in RedWing's TurningPoint Accounting Software, enabling users to consolidate, track, manage, and report data from across the organization regardless of where it is stored.

The system, designed for use by nonprogrammers, can create views from multiple databases. Users can also change the location and placement of data fields. Add-on tools include a toolkit, report writer, and Web portal.

Price: Starts at $1,195. Red Wing Software: (800) 732-9464.

GOBIZ SERVICE OPTIMA 3.0

GoBiz Service Optima 3.0 dispatches the field personnel most appropriate for a service call, according to skill, geography, availability, and customer preference.

The Web-based application automatically populates scheduling, back-office time management, and billing applications for dispatch-based contractors and professional services companies with field service management operations. Users can access information pertaining to a particular worker and or service call. Employees can track and manage customer information, including previous service and billing history. The system also provides employees with on-screen reminders of customer requests and schedules.

Price: $20 per month per user; $100 minimum per company per month. GoBiz: (800) 98-GOBIZ.

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