Zimbabwe: Pastel launches cloud accounting offering
Pastel Software Zimbabwe, in partnership with Utande, on Tuesday launched Sage Pastel My Business Online, a cloud based accounting programme designed for start-up and small businesses that enables them to access and work on their accounts online from anywhere in the world.
This is the first cloud-computing accounting programme in Zimbabwe, enabling small businesses to store their accounts information ‘in the cloud’ rather than on their office computer, making it accessible to them anywhere where there is an internet connection.
Pastel Software Zimbabwe, the distributor of Sage Pastel accounting software in Zimbabwe, is providing the My Business online programme, while internet service provider Utande is the host partner, providing the ‘in the cloud’ storage capacity at its data centre located in Harare.
My Business Online makes it easy to manage customer invoices, receipts, supplier invoices, returns and payments. It also helps manage stock items purchased, sold and returned, view reports and send customer invoices and statements quickly and easily.
This web-based business software solution can be accessed from anywhere using a computer, ipad, smartphone or iphone.
Demonstrating some of the key features of My Business Online, South Africa-based Sage Pastel managing director Steven Cohen, who was involved in developing the product from the beginning, said My Business Online worked in the same way that Facebook does.
“With Facebook you can log in from home, office or the moon, if you ever decide to go there.
“My Business Online works in the same way. Even if your computer gets stolen you can still log in,” he said.
My Business Online is easy to use. Terminology has been kept simple. No previous accounting knowledge is needed. Information can be accessed quickly and easily as long as there is an Internet connection.
Mr Cohen explained that My Business Online has a drill down dashboard, which gives a bird’s eye view of the business and how it is doing, including information on sales history, top customers by sales, recent transactions and outstanding balance. The user can drill down from the dashboard information to more detailed breakdowns of statistics.
“In the past one needed a bookkeeper with accounting knowledge to do the bookkeeping but My Business Online has given us the opportunity to rewrite the software. You do not need to be an accountant or be doing bookkeeping to run this programme,” Mr Cohen said.
My Business Online made it possible for bookeepers to work on accounts from their home or anywhere else, enabling them to work for a number of clients he continued. “If you process a cheque with one cent wrong you will be able to edit it.”