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Interesting news this week that one of the larger standalone asset management applications has been acquired by one of the larger housing management system providers. IN4, authors of Promaster has been swallowed up by ‘toon independent software house Orchard. Many may recall a similar path that Codeman went down being bought by Anite, then becoming Northgate.
In both cases here is a product that runs on a different database platform than the buyer, Codeman SQL & Oracle, Promaster SQL-ish and Progress. Promaster had tried to encroach into housing territory with call logging and response repair modules, but of the many standalone products out there, it appeared to me as notoriously hard to integrate. Taking this into account it’s maybe unlikely that Orchard may pick up more HMS customers by the acquisition. Moving everything to a MS SQL database platform looks to be the wisest move from where I am standing, if Orchard are interested.
As a customer of Promaster and I have met a few, I am sure you would have been reassured that no big changes are in the short term pipeline. Promaster users might well benefit from improvements in support and call logging that Orchard might bring to the marriage. Maybe that formatted address may be split into sortable datafields soon. In the other direction, Orchard may well be able to incorporate new asset & planned maintenance functionality into the core housing offerings, lifted from what is successful in Promaster.
It is becoming less and less logical to go for a standalone asset management module, when most HMS suppliers have already stepped up to the plate and improved their offerings. I hope you have noticed this, its crept up on many housing customers and many would be well advised to look again what your core software supplier can now provide.
It will be interesting to see what evolves out of this, something good I hope. I will keep my ear to the ground as to what my contacts tell me.
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Depeche Mode- Promaster and servant.
(c) Tony Smith, Acutance Consulting www.acutanceconsulting.co.uk 07854-655009
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