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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you are ready for a Spire demo.
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)
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.
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.
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.
If you have been using Spire to process payroll, you will need to complete a few important processes BEFORE running your first payroll in 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.
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.
Spire 1.1 was released in July and included Payroll, POS, and batches for Accounts Payable.
Spire 1.2 is on the verge of release, just in time for the next big seminar (in Mississauga). This version includes two important features:
- Production Manager, which is used by manufacturing customers
- Spire REST API (Application Program Interface), which allows third party developers to easily link into Spire
The seminar will include brief updates from third party developers who have worked with the API already.