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Sage Pastel Accounting 2009 which offers greater security, flexibility, efficiency and control. Some of the new features which have been introduced are
Manage your bank transactions
Available as an add-on module for Sage Pastel Xpress and Sage Pastel Partner, Pastel Bank Manager allows you to download an electronic bank statement from any major South African bank, map the transactions to the correct accounts, and the system will automatically assign the transactions for you after each import. Reconciling your bank account has never been quicker or easier.
Sage Pastel Accounting 2009 now enables the restriction of access to sensitive financial information, by user. Categorise certain people within a group for standard access capabilities, and further personalise individual user rights.
Tighten system security
Track the date, time and user who makes any system set-up changes, which promotes accountability, minimises mistakes and deters users from fraudulent behaviour.
Transaction Audit Trail
The Transaction Audit Trail provides a chronological sequence of transactions to help with data interrogation.
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Pastel Evolution v5, available now, is focused on boosting customer productivity through time-saving and efficiency-creating features as well as multi-level security and greater integration with third party applications that provide industry-specific and niche functionality.
According to divisional director of Pastel Evolution at Softline Pastel, Mohammed Mosam, Pastel Evolution v5 is geared to address the growing requirement by SMMEs for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. “The 2006 Gartner/Dataquest Insight: EMEA ERP Market Review says that South Africa and Turkey are experiencing solid growth at just over 13%. Pastel Evolution sales bear that out – up 31% year on year, off an established customer base over 5 000 South African businesses.
“Part of the reason for our success is that all our upgrades and new releases are based on customer input – and in the case of Pastel Evolution v5 we’ve addressed quite specific requests from customers in Evolution’s target markets – manufacturing, engineering, retail, wholesale, and the public sector.
“With many of our customers moving to Microsoft Vista, for instance, we’ve ensured that Evolution is Vista compliant and therefore extends our ERP and accounting functionality into Vista’s increased security capabilities. We’ve also incorporated rules-based security into Evolution so that customers can impose multiple levels of security per user rather than having a blanket system that limits their operational flexibility.”
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Softline Pastel – leading South African supplier of accounting and business solutions to the small and medium enterprise (SME) market – has launched a recruitment division responsible for finding, training, and supplying Pastel skills for its own requirements as well as those of its business partners and customers.
“We’ve seen a marked increase in customers asking us either to recommend people with the right Pastel skills or put them in touch with a recruitment agency that has the expertise and knowledge to place superior Pastel skills,” says Tamsin Bradford, head of the new Pastel People division.
“We believe that the recent surge in demand for Pastel skills reflects a number of South African issues, including changes in legislation that affect bookkeeping and accounting and put additional regulatory pressure on SMEs.
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