CMT has offered for sale a U.S. based product, CONCORD CS1000, that offered exceptional
breadth of functionality for construction users. Over the past
few years, we have been developing a replacement product, MONITOR,
which offers a superset of the features included in the GEAC CS1000
business offering has been supporting CS1000 users in an on-line operations environment when the CS1000 product was no longer offered for sale.
With the advent of the Power series of IBM business servers and particularly the Express 520, the economics of our MONITOR product has reached the point where small construction companies could consider installation of the system with an in-house IBM server.
MONITOR is a full function financial system designed for the use of companies involved in the construction process. It contains a full suite of accounting modules - General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll as well as operations management modules - Procurement, Inventory, Contract Management, Job Costing, Contract Costing, and Task Costing.
MONITOR makes use of the latest IBM presentation technology to combine the reliability of a legacy system with the look and feel of a browser-based interactive system.
The recent of the IBM Power 520 Express brings the power of the iSeries to the smallest construction user.
To make this product available to as wide a group of users as possible, CMT will be offering licenses to the software on the basis of a rental - charging monthy for use and updates, thus minimizing the start-up costs for a company. In addition, user based pricing will enable very small companies to operate this system for as low as $150 per month.
Comments About the i Systems
The iSeries technology has its roots in the legacy IBM systems that date back to the early 1980's. By providing access to technological innovation while permitting software developers to retain their investment in systems design, IBM has created a highly reliable and user-friendly environment for management systems that are transaction oriented. At CMT we have systems that have operated for several years without any unplanned interruptions - a record that we could only wish was maintained by our other servers.
The Power Systems and their predecessors were based on IBM RISC techonolgy that has produced the fastest computers in the world for several years and, more commonly known, formed the basis of Mac computers until recently. At one time, IBM "tuned down" these processors when they were offered in the iSeries product line; now, the full power of these chips has been unleashed and given some very small machines the horsepower of the very large computing equipment - all at an affordable price.
MONITOR for the Power 520 Express will be available for sale later this year.