AccountMate kicked off its 2006 partner conference in the North Bay on March 5 with president and chief executive David Dierke highlighting changes within the accounting software company and its products.

"I can't wait to see your reaction to the new product," said Dierke, during his keynote speech to the roughly 110 attendees. "Part of our communications efforts are these events. We base them on the concept of networking and for you to see what's new and advanced in the products coming out and in past products."

Dierke's message centered on what will be added to AccountMate 7.0, the latest version of the company's open-source-code flagship product. Adding more than 200 features and five additional modules for two AccountMate database versions -- SQL and MSDE -- Dierke said that the cost for the latest version would not increase from 2005. The release date for AccountMate 7.0 products was set for late in the second quarter, with beta testing to start later this month.

A new payroll module will also be released within the next 12 months to speed up the calculation process and add twice as many tables for CPAs and their clients to view payroll data.

AccountMate has been through a number of internal changes in the last couple of years, after being acquired by Sage Software as part of Sage's deal for AccountMate's parent company, Softline. In early 2004, Sage sold the company to the AccountMate management team. AccountMate's first move was to build upon its solo accounting package by releasing two more database platform options -- SQL, for enterprise-level companies with an unlimited amount of concurrent users, and MSDE, for midsized companies with up to five concurrent users.

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