About InSpired Consulting Services

Spire, BusinessVision and BVEssentials are accounting software packages appropriate for companies with 1 to 20 million dollars in sales. I am an accounting software specialist in Spire, BV and BVE, servicing customers primarily in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Etobicoke. I do the system implementation and subsequently support customers with upgrades, custom reports, process changes and a range of special projects.

Spire Update and Upcoming Spire presentation – May 14th

Spire recently celebrated it’s 4th birthday. In those 4 years there has been non-stop development! The most recent version is 3.2. All of the changes are detailed in the on-line user manual, complete with videos and documentation.

Many companies are still migrating from BusinessVision, since there is a 100% data conversion and a stunning list of improvements, all detailed on my web-page “The Spire Difference.”

There are over 500 companies already successfully using Spire to make their operations more efficient and profitable across a broad range of industries and all across Canada.

To see a Spire demo, meet some third party developers who extend Spire’s offering and to get some Spire implementation tips, consider attending the Spire Integration Partners Trade Show on May 14th, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport. To register, click here.

You could always download a free 30 day trial here. You might just prefer to sit back and watch the video – click here for that option. The video library includes a host of videos that detail the switch from BusinessVision as well as module specific videos.

As always, please feel free to contact me at rita.bloem@rogers.com if you have any questions or would like to discuss your switch to Spire.

Exciting News from the 2017 Spire Conference

Ever since Spire 1.0 was first released in 2015, it has been improving significantly both in terms of features and stability. Since the program has been steadily expanding it is becoming more complex, and it was time to bring in some additional resources for quality assurance and product development.

The exciting news is that Rick Notman is joining Spire in this quest to create ‘perfect’ software. Rick was formerly with BusinessVision, where he started as a Tech Support Rep and finished as the VP of Information Technology 20 years later. Continue reading

Spire Release Update – up to 2.6 and counting!

Although my last blog post was, ahem, quite some time ago, a lot has happened in the world of Spire releases over the past year.

A significant number of improvements make Spire even better to use, by either adding features, automating processes, or improving reporting.

Here is a very brief list of the highlights since Spire 2.1, which was released in June of last year:

  •  User Defined Fields – can now be viewed on the screen where they can be filtered, searched, sorted and exported. (An example would be adding the dimensions of a box that could be used for shipping, or the manufacturer of an item)
  • EFT for A/P – Spire can produce the file that is sent to the bank to pay vendors electronically, simultaneously reducing costs and the exposure to fraud.
  • Batch accounts receivable – this automates the preparation of the deposit slip and the general ledger transaction that moves the deposit from a clearing account to the bank account.
  • Filters have been improved once again – they are now even easier to create and modify. The ability to create custom filters means that information is readily available right on the screen, allowing for better and faster processing and decision-making.
  • There are now an unlimited number of payment methods and UPC codes
  • While adding an order, a ‘check stock’ button displays how many of that part are available in other warehouses.
  • For customers who use lot numbers, a trace button has been added to reveal where that lot number was received or consumed.

The complete lists of improvements with accompanying videos are available in the on-line Spire manual located here.

For companies upgrading from BusinessVision, there continues to be a 100% data migration at the click of a button. Very impressive!

As always, please contact me at rita.bloem@rogers.com if you have any questions or if you are ready for a Spire demo.

 

 

 

 

7 Great New Features in Spire 2.1

Spire 2.1 was released officially on June 1st, and it includes some great features that all users will find useful, leading to increased productivity and profitability.

If you prefer to watch a video versus reading about the enhancements, please click on this video link (9 minutes).

This release also includes the add-on module Service Manager, which has a few enhancements over the BVEssentials version. Follow this link to see the video (9 minutes)

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Spire Features BusinessVision Users Will Love

Why should a company using BusinessVision accounting software switch to Spire? BusinessVision users will be very impressed by the myriad of ways that Spire will improve their productivity, help meet customer demand, and drive increased profitability.

Those at companies that have already switched to Spire have found that the work flow is familiar and have been able to quickly take advantage of the improved user interface and many new features. Upon conversion, companies use Spire in a way similar to how they used BusinessVision, and then take advantage of the new and expanded features and modules as they become more comfortable with the system.

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Spire 2.0 is Released!

Great news on the Spire front – version 2.0 has now been released! Spire 1.0 was released in February of 2015 and is already being successfully used by hundreds of companies across Canada and even some in the US. Spire provides a virtually seamless upgrade for users of BusinessVision and BVEssentials, adding a superior user-interface and faster database that improves productivity, helps meet customer demand and drives increased profitability.

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Could labels improve your business?

Recently, I was asked by one of my customers to implement a new label printer, and the result was so successful that I thought I would write about it in case any other customers could benefit from similar labels.

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Using BVEssentials Payroll in January 2016

Many companies who used to use BusinessVision (BV) to process payroll will be switching to BVEssentials (BVE) payroll in January 2016. This article will clarify some of the details involved with this transition.

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Removing Windows update KB3102429

Recently, Windows released an update that prevents reports in BusinessVision and BVEssentials from exporting to a PDF. You’ll be glad to know that the update resolved problems for the Azerbaijani Monat and the Georgian Lair currency symbols; however it broke all software that uses ‘export as PDF’ functionality using Crystal 9 and 10 (which is what BusinessVision and BVEssentials use).

The following steps remove the offending update, and then prevent it from happening again. These steps are basically the same for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

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