Happy New Year to all of our customers and followers! We hope it brings you every success and happiness. We are positive it will be a lot better than the last on every level :)
For us at Avanti, 2021 looks set to be a very exciting year. As of 1st January we have regained our independence to develop, publish and market our software in the way which aligns to the needs of our company and those of our customers.
To show our intent we are coming straight out of the blocks for 2021 with Avanti Version 4.2, a new update to our software which includes a number of enhancements, performance improvements and fixes.
We're delighted to formally announce Cloudflow, a service we'll be previewing before the end of the year to compliment and "cloudify" Avanti.
When we say "cloudify" we mean giving you some of the benefits and advantages of using the cloud, such as accessing your business information remotely and on different devices without having to have all of your data and information stored in the Cloud.
We think it's a great way to give you the benefits of on-premise (keeping your data and apps on your own system, utilising functionally rich desktop software) together with the benefits that the Cloud offers (use remotely and on any device and platform). The best of both worlds as we like to say!
The status of Cloudflow has now been changed. Click here for the latest info
As we've outlined in previous posts, there are 2 or 3 big changes coming in Avanti 5. In addition to these there are a number of significant new features which have been much requested. Right at the top of this list is Back-To-Back Ordering - the ability to process purchase orders back-to-back with sales orders to ensure a simple managed process for Just-In-Time fulfilment of non-stocked items.
As we've highlighted in previous posts, a massive amount of work has gone into improving performance in Avanti 5. This covers all areas and aspects of the software including rearchitecting how the software reads and updates data. In addition nothing in the software has escaped optimisation to how data is retrieved to squeeze every last drop of speed out of data queries. As we like to say "Speed is a feature!"
To really make sure we're achieving our objectives we have focussed on testing the software on 10 year old PCs and old wireless networks to ensure it flies even on really old technology - if it's fast on these types of systems then it's going to be lightning fast on modern and capable PCs and current wired and wireless networks and indeed it is!
Whilst under-the-hood optimisations are critical and make up the bulk of performance improvements, there are also many performance related elements which will be visible to you, the user, to help you make the software more performant.
It seems like a lifetime ago since our last update on Avanti 5, indeed the world has changed incredibly in that time. It's been a difficult and challenging time for everyone over these last six months, especially for small businesses. Like all businesses, we have not been immune to the effects of recent events and all of our plans have been affected. With that being said we are committed to delivering on all of the plans we have previously announced. While there is lots to talk about and news to inform you of, let's focus on the long awaited Avanti 5 in this post.
Let's start at the beginning of the Avanti 5 story. As we've posted about here previously, in early 2018 we began development of our next-generation Cloud business system, Aspire. Our original plans were that this would take approximately 20-24 months to complete.