Softworld Special – News in brief.

Systems Union used the Softworld show to unveil the latest version of its popular SunSystems product. The company, which has endured a turbulent ride in recent times, launched SunSystems 5 to the public for the first time. It is understood the company has spent some #30m and 400 man-years to complete with expanded XML capabilities. SU rollout project director, Dee Houchen, said: ‘The confidence has returned to the company. Our customers and employees are reassured in the company and we sense there are great opportunities in the market at the moment.’ takes Systems Union’s name

DragNet showed off its Site Builder system – designed to help users configure web catalogues that link to its web commerce tools. The company is pushing ahead with links to Sage Line 50 and Goldmine customer relationship management software. The company’s entry into web-building tools will mean it will compete with rivals such as Sage.

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ETransactions software provider Albany Software launched at the event. The first-ever online bill presentment and payment package could change the face of billing to a faster and cheaper procedure. A spokeswoman said: ‘We are seeing a fundamental change in business practice across a wide range of industry sectors as more and more companies transact business through electronic means.’ For Albany’s views on XML visit

Access Accounts unveiled its Dimensions.NET offering, which brings B2B solutions into SME customers’ offices. The product allows a configurable web-based interface to be made available to customers by logging on to the web. Dimensions.NET utilises Microsoft’ vision, and can extend the functionality of the full desktop version. The company also revealed the product uses XML and Microsoft SQL Server. Access sales director Tony Barrow said: ‘.NET delivers powerful accounting functionality through a browser empowering full business to business capability.’ Company information can be found at

Advantage Business Systems announced the launch of its business reporting group, the first of its kind for mid-market organisations. The group will deliver reporting consultancy and tools. The group has been established in response to the surge in demand for reporting consultancy and better financial reporting, among mid-market companies over the last six months. More at

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