Case studies

Jim Semmens from Design Craft SA was doing his own financial records in hand written cash book. He was getting by in as much as he was able to do a BAS and could reconcile his cheque account. However, these records tended to be made only when deadlines demanded and he had no time to measure his profitability.

We reconcile Jim’s books at the beginning of each month, and review his sales and margins. Jim now knows from month to month what his turnover and profit are doing and can monitor nett profit against gross profit to make sure he is charging proper margins when quoting for jobs.

Brauer Natural Medicine of Tanunda has a long and successful history in producing natural pharmaceuticals. The company has grown considerably since 1999 and required a software package to manage its warehouse distribution. Brauer considered alternatives but they were two to three times the cost of ABS Accounting system, typically $80,000 compared with $30,000 for ABS. Brauer is licensed for 15 users and can track batches of goods as required by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Government.

Kris le Duff of the Falie Sailing Ship company, needed a database to track people and organisations that had taken cruises on the Falie sailing ship. The organisation recorded information on passengers such as food needs (vegetarian, diabetic), cabin requirements, and likelihood of sailing again on another tour.

We provided a database that made it very quick to register passengers, groups of passengers such as social clubs from people’s employment. Now that this information is stored electronically, it can be searched on a variety of criteria so that potential repeat customers can be followed up.

Inta Rumpe is the Administration Manager of the Ethnic Schools Association in Australia and was recording the finances in a hand written book. While these records were neat and extremely accurate, preparing monthly financial statements was a time consuming business. BKR Walker Wayland, the accountants for the Association recommended they install MYOB and BKR asked Electronic Business Management to set up the accounts and train Inta on how to record transactions. After three short lessons, Inta was happily recording transactions and preparing board reports.

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