IT briefs: Access Accounting, Sage

Free of charge, Access’s Dimensions Lite, means that SQL Server-based accounts software can be made available to all sizes of business. Access managing director Alistair O’Reilly said: ‘We aim to go head-to-head with competitors still basing their mid-range solutions on proprietary databases including Sage Line 100.’ The database will be available in June and on MSDE in September.

Sharing IT services across local authority boundaries will cut costs and increase efficiency, according to council chiefs. Chief executive of Rotherham metropolitan borough council Ged Fitzgerald said sharing IT systems across local authority borders will also strengthen their hand against the suppliers. ‘Sharing services is the next logical step in local government,’ he said.

Sage has launched a version of its Sage Line 100 business software, at the same time as the Access move, representing the first stage in an ongoing development programme for the product, including a new Financial Suite to link with Sage Line 100 Commercials. A Sage spokesman, said: ‘It builds on the traditional Line 100 strengths by introducing the latest Windows technology.’

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