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Quicken signs QuickTrack deal

THE US Quicken company has this week signed a publishing and distribution licence with Australia’s Data Link for rights to their award-winning QuickTrack software.

The QuickTrack software program won the Channel 9 Small Business Show Software Award in December.

This Australian-developed soft-ware will enable sales people to access their office computers via palm pilots to download data into Quicken’s Quickbooks accountancy program.

“The program enables travelling sales staff to send in their orders and invoices to head office from Palm Pilots via a telephone link or their mobile phone,” Data Link spokesman Peter West said.

“It enables immediate access to accurate, up-to-date records and eliminates paper-based files, hand-written quotes and the time and money wasted on unproductive reentry of data on return to the office.”

The software program QuickTrack runs on all Palm Pilot machines and its clones.

Using a Global Pulse cable and modem to connect the Palm Pilot to either a telephone line or to a mobile telephone, the PDA will then go through its normal synchronising activity to reconcile the information from both machines. It uploads and downloads relevant data from and to the QuickBooks program.

“QuickTrack will change the way business operates.”

– Philip Henry

Mr Philip Henry, marketing manager of Quicken, said: “Quick-Track will impact on the global market similar in manner to the mobile telephone.

“QuickTrack has set a new industry benchmark in mobile business management with its unique range of features.

“It will replace the traditionally inefficient methods of operating a business whilst on the road.”

QuickTrack links exclusively with QuickBooks Pro (V7) and QuickPos (V4) to instantly access office data or record new information and manage business at the press of a button.

Mr Henry said that a person can retrieve real-time data on pricing, stock levels, customer or supplier details or any other business information from any location.

He said that by May, QuickTrack would allow credit card transactions to be done on Palm Pilots via the GSM network.

“QuickTrack will change the way business operates, saving time, making personnel more productive and keeping them more informed,” he said.

QuickBooks Pro users can buy the QuickTrack program for $299. A combined QuickBooks Pro and QuickTrack package will cost $499.

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