Auckland, New Zealand – Accounting software provider Cognito Software has introduced mobile access in the latest update of MoneyWorks(R) Datacentre, the server version of its cross-platform accounting software.

Cognito CEO Dr. Grant Cowie says, “Our research showed that users want to use mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads for specific task oriented operations, and not for general accounting. For example, a business owner or manager might want to look at current reports, whereas a tradesperson might want to record time and materials against assigned jobs. No one really wants to do something like a bank reconciliation on an iPhone.”

The design goal then for remote access was to facilitate the exchange of information in realtime between MoneyWorks and the remote device. In particular, according to Dr Cowie, Cognito wanted to avoid the pitfalls of data synchronization, while making it easy for third parties and users to develop their own specialist applications. “We quickly realized that it was more useful to provide technology that empowers users and developers to provide customized remote access than to attempt a ‘one size fits all’ solution”, he said.”

To demonstrate the possibilities, two free apps ship with MoneyWorks Datacentre. “These are fully functional in their own right”, says Dr Cowie, “but more importantly can be used as exemplars or a starting point for other developers”.

The two apps are “web apps”, so they run in most modern browsers, allowing them to be used on not only on iOS devices, but also Macs, PCs and Android:

* Reports: Any (authorized) user can access selected reports in MoneyWorks, including custom ones developed using the MoneyWorks report writer. As examples, a salesperson could pull up a report of prospects to contact, including a complete history of past purchases, or a manager could pull a financial or performance report.

* Timer: A job management and timer application. The user can view a list of jobs allocated to him or her, record the time and materials used, and mark jobs off as they are completed. These instantly update the central MoneyWorks server. The jobs list on the mobile device is always live, new jobs appearing as they are allocated back in the head office.

“We decided to use javascript for these apps so that others can easily see how to use the technology, which is essentially a set of powerful REST APIs. But there is nothing to stop people building native iOS apps, or using php or similar”, said Dr Cowie. “Indeed third party developers are already exploiting the technology on behalf of MoneyWorks users”. An example he cites is of a wholesaler of perishables, where orders must be processed by 7:00am, but the available items and prices are only known the night before. “Their customers enter orders into the on-line ordering system, which is a webapp talking to MoneyWorks. From the customers perspective, the pricing is always up-to-date, whereas the wholesaler no longer needs to rekey orders. Hitherto orders had to be faxed or phoned through.”

MoneyWorks(R) was first released for Mac in 1992 by Cognito Software Ltd. It has since become a world-wide accounting benchmark for its fast performance, ease of use, and timely and relevant reporting by tens of thousands of businesses. With localized copies available for USA, Canada, UK, Australia and other key markets, MoneyWorks is now in use in more than 100 countries.

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Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Cognito Software Ltd was established in 1985 to provide consulting services to small-medium sized Mac-based organizations and is a manufacturer of quality business software. Recognising the need for an "industrial strength" accounting solution on the Mac, Cognito developed and released MoneyWorks in 1992. Now, with over 40,000 users in more than 100 countries, Cognito is devoted entirely to the development and marketing of MoneyWorks. The company has a separate development centers in Wanaka, NZ, and a network of MoneyWorks distributors around the world. Copyright (C) 1985-2012 Cognito Software Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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