Press Release: Pastel launches cloud computing for small businesses

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My BusinessPastel Software Zimbabwe will on March 12 launch Sage Pastel My Business Online, a cloud-based accounting programme designed for start-up and small businesses that enables them to do their accounts online from anywhere in the world.

This web-based business software solution can be accessed from anywhere using a computer, iPad, smartphone or even an iPhone, as it has an iPhone application.

My Business Online has already been launched in South Africa and Cyprus where it has proved successful. In South Africa it was the first online accounting solution to be introduced.

Announcing the imminent launch of My Business Online, Pastel Software Zimbabwe managing director Rob Watson said the introduction of cloud computing in Zimbabwe was an exciting step forward for small businesses, enabling them to keep their accounts up-to-date and do business projections from anywhere at all.

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“Instead of keeping your accounts on your computer and having to transfer them via a flash disk or other device to work on them at home, your accounts are kept ‘in the cloud’, that is on a web-site, in the same way as information is kept on Facebook and other similar sites.

“That means they are always accessible to you, as long as you have an internet connection. The data is secure, possibly more secure than being kept on the office computer,” he said.

My Business Online is an entry-level web-based accounting system that makes it easy to manage customer invoices, receipts, supplier invoices, returns and payments. It also helps manage items purchased, sold and returned, view reports and send customer statements quickly and easily.

No installation is required, nor are any updates needed, as upgrades are done automatically. One simply has to log on and start working.

“With more and more people now banking online, shopping online and doing many other things online it is only logical to do one’s accounting online. Imagine the convenience of being able to access your accounts anywhere at any time, with no need to synchronise work on different computers.

“The programme’s automatic bank statement feeds allows you to automatically import bank statements. This is just one of the many time saving features of My Business Online.

“It is ideal for the small businessperson, who often does the accounts himself. My Business Online will save him or her a considerable amount of time which can be spent more profitably on promoting the growth of the business,” Mr Watson said.

“Apart from being seamless, My Business Online is convenient and user friendly. Traditional accounting jargon has been replaced with simple, easily understood terminology,” he added.

My Business Online has a dashboard, which gives a bird’s eye view of the business, giving the user an overview of how the business is doing.  It is possible to see at a glance the best customers, outstanding balances and the sales history. The To Do List function manages tasks.

There is drill down functionality that allows for a deeper analysis of the information presented on the screen.

“My Business was designed for business owners who are starting out and have little bookkeeping knowledge or just want a basic system. It is easy to use even without the help of an accountant “My Business Online was designed to make life even easier for the small business person, making use of cloud computing, which is taking over worldwide and changing the way we do business,” Mr Watson said.

“With cloud computing your accounts system lives on the web not the device that you will be working on. You will have the same data whether you are working on your desktop, laptop or ipad,” he added.

Speaking on cloud computing when My Business Online was launched in Cyprus earlier this month, Sage Pastel managing director Steven Cohen said: “If businesses do not adapt to this new, and better way of working they run the risk of very quickly becoming prehistoric in their service delivery which is just not a sustainable strategy for success.

“Accounting in the cloud gives accountants and business owners alike the ability to conveniently access records and transact from remote locations with little or no advanced set-up,” he said.

He added that, although My Business Online is being officially launched on March 11, a free trial of the programme is already available at www.sagemybusiness.co.zw.

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15 Comments

  1. tinm@n says:

    Good luck! And their privacy policy? What assurances do they give relating to that?

    TechZim, how about a follow up on uptake of EMC,SAP(TTCS). You’ve featured them before

  2. Tapiwa ✔ says:

    Cloud-washing much?

    your accounts are kept ‘in the cloud’, that is on a web-site…

    I like buzzwords as much as the next guy, but what they are making is a web application, not ‘cloud computing for small businesses’.

    http://www.dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/100000/60000/7000/800/167830/167830.strip.zoom.gif

    P/S: I propose calling TechZim a “cloud-based news organisation”

    1. tinm@n says:

      lol. If you really think about it, the cloud model is no different from the old Mainframe-Terminal model of computing. Some are taking it literally. This is not to say its without benefit and better capabilities.

      As for buzz, we are unwillingly pulled into tech-hype. These days there’s big data and everyone is singing it, spending money, getting stuff hadooped, then realising, poop! need a real data analyst to justify this resource commitment.

      1. mk says:

        My sentiments exactly!

      2. Tapiwa ✔ says:

        I’d say we might have come full circle to dumb terminals, but to me, cloud computing is vanilla web app + scalability via virtualisation and/or parallel computing, not stuff that could be running on a single box leaving cycles to spare.

        RackSpace, Heroko, AWS, AppEngine get a pass because that’s what they sell. Amazon.com and GMail are not purveyors of ‘cloud-computing’, because they provide various service and nobody cares about the backend infrastructure. Until the day businesses can manage/launch new instances of ‘My Business Online’ servers on demand, Sage is not in the cloud-computing space.

        It’s a losing battle- I allegedly work on ‘cloud-based solutions’ too (according to my employer); maybe clusters count :/

    2. Culprit says:

      The correct phrasing would be “web services” i.e using post and get functions as well as a variety of interfaces not restricted to browser access, what’s wrong in giving a laymen explanation of what they are releasing?

  3. Loyd Kambuzuma says:

    Is the trial version fully functional and offers every feature of the product? How much is the product going to sell for?

  4. I use the app. its very accessible and secure. R150 per month. if you have beef then buy the CD version and install on your computer – FutureForward

  5. beatnyama says:

    With the way internet is in Zimbabwe, this seems like a brilliant idea on paper, but practically, might not work as advertised. Connectivity is not guaranteed and the internet speeds are poor to say the list. So when trying to create that invoice you find yourself offline and unable to work.

  6. chanyane says:

    Now all the pastel consultants can consult legally. Just tell every client of yours who is using old pirated pastel to move to the cloud or you will set Zimra/Pastel on them, lol.

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