Do you see that? The big plume of smoke rising from the bottom of the canyon, up, up, up. All the way up to our vantage point where it drifts past the jagged boards where the bridge ends. See it curl around the signs painted in red, “DANGER – BRIDGE OUT AHEAD”?

We’d like to prevent your business from being the cause of that plume of smoke because your decades-old accounting software crashed and burned through all the warning signs.


CMS Pro is no longer supported by Cougar Mountain Software.

Progress doesn’t stand still. The fact that the product we introduced over 20 years ago still functions and contributes to so many successful organizations gives us no small amount of satisfaction. But when it’s compared to contemporary industry standards for capability and convenience, CMS Pro is just a fast horse racing against ever-more innovative vehicles.

As of September 1, 2017, CMS Pro reached its end of life. This is a normal and expected phase of any software’s existence. The best parts of the program were carried over into the next generation, contributing to a never-ending cycle of improvement.


The next incarnation of CMS Pro is Denali. And, to ease any fear of the unknown, let us assure you that Denali has a long, well-vetted track record. It’s been on the market for 12 years and has been carefully refined to its current status as a lightning fast, well-organized accounting powerhouse.

Don’t worry; you’ll know how to operate it intuitively. The system includes a UI option wherein the navigation and layout mirrors the look of CMS Pro.


We understand you might be reluctant to abandon an accounting software that’s worked for you all these years. Especially because it is STILL working, and your business is zipping along just fine. The hiccup is, up until this point, you’ve enjoyed a safety net of customer support standing by to help answer your questions.

But now that our support has ended, there’s no longer a safety net when that “Danger” sign comes into view.

Very old cars might still run, but they’re less efficient, not as safe, and don’t have the new features and conveniences of modern technology. The same is true of Cougar Mountain Software’s CMS Pro.

If you are concerned about downtime, remember…You and your employees are used to how CMS Pro is set up for your business. Upgrading to Denali will allow you to keep that same setup; there won’t be much of a learning curve of discovering where to click in every window and how to complete tasks that you’ve been doing automatically for years. It’s stressful to change something that has become the backbone of office life. Let us make this change as easy as possible for you.


As mentioned above, Denali can be configured to display in “Classic mode” which changes the interface to look and function exactly like CMS Pro.

Even though it will look almost identical, you’ll have a few new tricks to learn. Cougar Mountain Software offers both online and on-site training for Denali software. We’re happy to guide you through the transition from old to new.

Many clients find they need less than a weekend to convert from CMS Pro to Denali, and only one day of training before they can hit the ground running. Businesses barely register the interruption, but they do notice the increase in performance and software capabilities.

Or ask an expert to explain the timeline you can expect when switching HERE.

Don’t wake up in the driver’s seat as your software careens over the cliff. Heed the danger signs. Let us help you make the transition from CMS Pro to Denali before it’s too late.

5 Essentials for Nonprofit AccountingAccording to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, nonprofits account for 5.3% of the GDP. That equals more than 1.5 million organizations accounting for 9.2% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States. That many organizations, all handling money on a daily basis, require a powerful accounting software solution. Denali FUND from Cougar Mountain Software is designed to handle the breadth of these organizations from the smallest to the largest, as well as the complexity of each organization’s individual finances.

Nonprofit accounting requires flexibility and customization. Nothing captures the essentials of nonprofit accounting agility like Cougar Mountain Software’s Denali FUND. Denali FUND offers modular flexibility, breakout budgets, a secure audit trail, individual user tracking, and customized reporting. Putting these essentials to work with Denali FUND will solve your nonprofit accounting challenges in an accessible and tailored format.

Why You Need to Update Your Accounting SoftwareRead the Warning Signs, and Save Time, Money, and Valuable Resources by Updating Your Accounting Software

When it comes to technology, there are those who can’t wait to upgrade. These are the compulsive buyers. They will preorder the latest iDevice months before it’s released, and still upgrade to the latest model a year later.

Then there are the neophobes, or those with a fear of the new and novel. These buyers will go years without an upgrade, no matter how worse for wear their devices are. Or they’ll wait until the last minute—until the wheels have literally and figuratively fallen off the wagon—to buy something new.

In either case, we can take away one thing: All technology ages, and that includes accounting software. And while it’s ok to want to get the most out of your software investment, there will come a point when your outdated accounting software will stop saving you money and start costing you not only money, but time and resources.

Choosing Accounting Software8 Factors to Consider in Your Search for Small Business Accounting Solutions

Finding the right accounting software doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s not as challenging as you think. The right small business accounting software is the solution to your accounting needs. And compared to inefficient and error-prone manual spreadsheets, the right accounting software will save you time and money.

Bookkeeping isn’t the most exciting task. Some 40 percent of business owners surveyed in 2015 by the nonprofit SCORE said it’s their least favorite part of owning a business. That makes sense. You want to run your business, not spend 80-plus hours a year on bookkeeping and taxes. The right accounting software puts everything you need for efficient financial management and bookkeeping at your fingertips.

You Know You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks When...When Your Accounting Software Evolves With Your Needs, Your Business Improves

When you’re first starting out in business, QuickBooks® is a viable option for your accounting needs. It came highly recommended by your CPA, and at an affordable price, it seemed like a smart move. With simple accounting needs, QuickBooks was straightforward and easy to implement.

But QuickBooks is only your first step. Think about it this way: You can’t improve your business by doing the same thing over and over, hoping for different results. In order to move forward, you have to change, adapt, and try new tactics. As your business grows (or starts to grow), you might notice your needs change and become more complex.

Cougar Mountain Software develops leading on-premises accounting solutions. Our hallmark software, DENALI, is specifically designed to scale to clients’ needs while maintaining an unbreakable audit trail.