Pegasus Software is spreading its wings and moving into the enterprise computing market with the launch of a client-server accounting software suite.
Pegasus has 40,000 users worldwide, mainly small and medium-sized companies.
Last week the UK developer unveiled plans to build a client-server accounting software suite using Microsoft tools and database technology as part of a plan to grow its business.
The suite, codenamed Visual Product, is due to be released next January and will be available in two versions: a high-end and a low-end offering.
It will be positioned as a cheaper alternative to Unix and proprietary mini computer solutions from companies such as Digital.
Visual Product is being developed using Microsoft's Visual Basic 5.0, the Microsoft Access Jet Engine and Microsoft SQL Server. It will eventually comprise 50 modules covering manufacturing, contact management, payroll, retail and other such activities. It will also include a toolkit for customising application screens in Visual Basic.
Chris Leak, sales and marketing director at Pegasus, claimed development, support and maintenance costs were lowest with Microsoft tools. "For example, Microsoft SQL Server costs less than Oracle," said Leak. He added that these factors help to drive down manufacturing costs, savings which could be passed on to Pegasus customers.
The price of the low-end Pegasus suite based on the Microsoft Access Jet Engine will range between #5,000 and #20,000 depending on the number of users and which modules are purchased.
The cost of the full client-server version based on SQL Server has yet to be set.
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