September 22, 2005 BOISE, IDAHO – Customers seeking to avoid the high cost of IT support while gaining the benefit of remote access to their accounting software now have the option of SinglePoint from Cougar Mountain™, a concept that combines a dedicated application server from Applianz Technologies with the power of Cougar Mountain software products.
SinglePoint takes the pain out of managing your accounting data with the option of secure web-enabled access, saving time and money for small to medium businesses.
Cougar Mountain Software currently publishes accounting, point of sale and fund accounting software. SinglePoint extends Cougar Mountain’s ability to provide customers remote access in a secure, stable environment. Because the software is run on a dedicated and custom configured server, accounting software runs more reliably as it is not competing for resources on a busy server.
According to Jim Stone, Chief Operating Officer of the software publishing company, “Dedicated application devices have been around for a while. However, Applianz and Cougar Mountain have worked together to fine tune this solution specifically for Cougar Mountain software programs.
“We have created an answer for businesses that want to allow remote sales staff to enter orders directly instead of faxing or phoning them in to an order entry clerk. Business owners can access their accounting software from home or a second office without buying additional software licenses. Using the dedicated application server lets remote staff using laptops, or PCs with any recent version of Windows access the Cougar Mountain application. It even allows retail outlets with limited specification point of sale terminals to operate effectively from the central Cougar Mountain Point of Sale software.”
Mark Janzen, CEO of Applianz Technologies, said, “Our expertise lies in working with software vendors to provide a proven, stable solution that will help small businesses and retailers get a plug-and-play solution for local and remote access.” Users can set up SinglePoint in less than an hour. The software comes preloaded and the customer need only plug in the device, assign it an IP address and send user IDs and passwords to authorized users. Remote users simply click on the link, enter that information and they are up and running.
Updates are completed remotely, at times convenient for the customer. The system is monitored 24 hours a day. “Essentially,” said Stone, “we’ve eliminated the need for in-house or outsourced IT support. This can make a tremendous positive impact on ROI, not to mention the reduction in downtime. The hardware costs are comparable to servers from established hardware vendors; the savings on IT costs mean a much lower total cost of ownership.”
About Cougar Mountain Software
Founded in 1982, Boise-based Cougar Mountain Software publishes accounting software, software for nonprofit organizations, and point of sale software and hardware. Cougar Mountain has provided the software answer for more than 20,000 national clients across a variety of industries. Cougar Mountain is ranked among the industry’s top PC software developers in the nation.