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VICTORIA Park-based software developer PBA Professional is negotiating the European, US and Asia Pacific distribution of its DMS Office Automator product.

The company invested more than $2 million over four years to develop the software that is designed to completely automate Microsoft Office 2000.

If it is as efficient as described, the product could render many of the support staff of a business redundant and bring the corporate world a closer to a paperless office.

PBA Professional managing director Philip Boswell said the software’s main application was in document management.

“Mail and other information – virtually every document that is created internally – is managed by the software before it goes out the door,” Mr Boswell said.

“It also automates the storage and management of incoming documents.

“Templates handle every business process and it works as a quality control, giving each document a consistent look and feel.

“If you were to generate a quote through the system, it would automatically create a confirmation document. Once this was processed, it would allow a purchase order and then an invoice to be produced.”

Designed for network use to fit organisations with up to 1,000 PCs, the software is based around a stand-alone contacts manager that is fully integrated to all templates.

PBA Professional national sales and marketing manager Harry Voigt said the software’s Merge Manager was the most automated mail merge function available.

“Unlike other mail merge functions, the user is not required to fill in fields,” Mr Voigt said.

“You simply click on the people you want to send the document to in the contacts manager and the software automatically changes the original document into a merged document.”

Mr Boswell said the system was protected by a password-based Windows NT server managed security system.

Perth-based venture capital company ECAT Development Capital Limited recently invested $1 million to acquire a 25 per cent interest in PBA by subscribing to convertible preference shares in the company.

ECAT fund manager Christopher Eager said the DMS Office Automator was “the next step” in office software.

“It’s applicable to any business that uses computers,” Mr Eager said.

“We were impressed by the sheer size of the potential market.”

PBA plans to open offices in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia in the next two months.

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