PAISLEY CONSULTING UNVEILS NEW RISK ASSESSMENT FUNCTION: Paisley Consulting, a business accountability software provider, has upgraded the risk assessment functionality in its J2EE-based Risk Navigator, a software application helping companies comply with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and establish long-term governance.The upgraded Risk Navigator will offer enhanced SOX compliance and risk management functionality by allowing different business units to more effectively target and document specific controls and processes necessary to comply with SOX Sections 302 and 404.

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MICROSOFT UNVEILS LATEST CRM, DYNAMICS SL: Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Dynamics CRM Version 3.0, its latest customer relationship management system. Version 3.0 is a full suite of marketing, sales and customer service offered in a Professional Edition or a Small Business Edition.

Originally available in English, CRM 3.0 is also available in French, German, Dutch and Russian as of this month. Seventeen other international-language editions will follow throughout the upcoming months.

Some highlights of the new release include: an event-driven workflow capability with extended real-time reporting and analytics features based on Excel and SQL Server Reporting Services; and a configurable platform built on Web Services.

The full-suite Professional Edition can range from $622 to $880 per user and $1,244 to $1,761 per server. The full-suite Small Business Edition is priced between $440 and $499 per user and between $528 and $599 per server. All prices include a year of software assurance.

In related news, the technology conglomerate also has made available its Microsoft Dynamics SL 6.5 - the former Microsoft Business Solutions - Solomon.

Available in Canada and the United States, the product will be available in Mexico and other countries by Jan. 31, 2006.

The version includes new bank reconciliation and purchase requisition modules, and expanded Windows SharePoint Services-based portal capabilities, including the ability to be deployed in an extranet environment for use with both customers and vendors. It also features user-specific scheduling of reports and processes within the application server, and roughly 100 enhancements.

Pricing for the Purchase Requisition module is $1,050 with the licensing of Microsoft Dynamics SL Standard, or $1,500 with the Professional Edition. Pricing for the Bank Reconciliation module is $350 with the licensing of Microsoft Dynamics SL Standard, or $500 with the Professional Edition.

QUICKBOOKS ONLINE LAUNCHES PAYROLL EDITION: Accounting and financial software publisher Intuit Inc. has launched QuickBooks Online Payroll - an integrated payroll product designed for users of QuickBooks Online Edition.

QuickBooks Online Edition includes a free license for a small business' accountant, allowing ongoing access to client data without the need to exchange files or visit a client's site.

The new payroll feature also includes payday e-mail reminders and tax filing deadlines.

QuickBooks Online Payroll is priced at $14.95 per month with no limit on the number of employees. The price includes unlimited e-mail support.

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OPEN SYSTEMS RELEASES OSAS 7.0: Mid-market financial and accounting software provider Open Systems Inc. has released Version 7.0 of its OSAS. OSAS 7.0 allows customers to open multiple function screens at one time and run functions for several companies simultaneously. It can run on Windows as well as Linux, Unix and Apple OS X.

The enhanced OSAS version also includes an InstallShield wizard for easier installation, Excel PivotTable productivity reports, an ODBC driver, improved user tracking, shipment tracking and address mapping.

"OSAS 7.0 is the first step in a major technical transition for this product line," said vice president of OSAS product development Dave Link. "Like prior versions of OSAS, it offers a BBx language implementation, but it also offers a new Java-based BBj implementation that allows our users to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in Java."

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