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GGP JAN 2013

IT&SOFTWARE Service that comes from the clouds Window Designer 7, the software from First Degree Systems, is now available online ‘in the cloud’. This means, for a small monthly fee, fabricators can log on and access any module from Window Designer 7 from any internet enabled computer anywhere at any-time – a concept known as ‘software as a service’. First Degree Systems’ sales director, Alan Bark, said: “With internet speeds becoming faster and the online platform becoming ever more reliable, cloud computing and ‘software as a service’ is the future for the IT industry. We have pre-empted this move to cloud computing and made all our software available online, meaning fabricators no longer need Window Designer installed on their desktop to enjoy the benefits. Customers can switch modules on and off as required, giving them a flexible way to access the software the need to run their business. And because you are using a standardised platform such as the internet, you can expect to dramatically reduce IT support costs.” In addition to giving customers more flexibility, the monthly pricing module will help fabricators better manage their cashflow. Bark explained: “There are no big upfront costs with software as a service; you simply pay a small manageable fee each month which is suitable for any size business looking to better manage their out-goings.” The availability of Window Designer 7 in the cloud is just the latest initiative from First Degree Systems in recent times. Earlier this year, the company launched Scan Station, a cost effective software option that enables window manufacturers to track components and products as they make their way through the factory – giving managers greater insight into their business and ensuring they operate more efficiently. For more information, visit: www.first-degree-systems.com Coming in next month’s GGP... • Aluminium • Doors & Commercial Ents • Ecobuild Preview • Energy Efficiency/WERs • Glass & Glass Processing • Window & Glass Machinery 64 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


GGP JAN 2013
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