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Cyber Abak April 2014

April 4, 2014

CEO’S WORD

Dear customers,
By the end of May 2014, it will be possible to generate invoices from the new version of Abak Web. Since all upcoming and future major updates and improvements will be mainly brought our web version, we strongly invite our customers to upgrade to the web version and thus to familiarize themselves with this version that will continue to evolve in the coming years.
Abak software Inc. wish to help you improve your project management process. Therefore, Sirius Consulting, our majority shareholder, is offering a free of charge four hour diagnostic to five of our clients. You can learn more here under. Read our article: How do you manage your projects? A diagnostic could be helpful. This diagnostic could reveal some areas of improvement that might be needed to improve your project management process.
We kindly remind you to visit Sirius Training to stay updated on all the course’s dates and availability. We share this information to help our clients improve their project management process and be more productive.

Enjoy reading !






HOW DO TIME BANKS WORK?

Abak Software Inc. proposes time banks to its clients which is used in the following cases :

How do we manage time banks?

The following events will use your time bank:

What happen if you exceed your time bank?
When your time bank shows a negative time balance (exceeded the amount purchase) Abak softwares Inc. reserves its right to stop replying to inquiries till you have renewed your time bank. If you wish to know the details of the transactions logged onto your time bank, just send a request to sales@abaksoftware.com


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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Abak version 7.7
For locally installed customers, if you still use a version prior to 7.7 we invite you to send an email at support@abaksoftware.com to plan an update of your Abak environment to version 7.7.


For customers who already used version 7.7, note that the latest release is available on the extranet. We invite you to contact the technical support team to install the latest release on your server.

Abak re-install on a new server
Note that the assistance to re-install Abak on a new server is not included in the annual rental. We invite you to communicate with our sales department if you plan to reinstall Abak with the assistance of our technical support.

In addition, it is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the new server meets the prerequisites required by Abak. Some components such as IIS and Microsoft SQL Server need to be installed by the customer before the installation of Abak on the new server.

Tips to remember

Batch invoicing locked
To unlock the batch invoicing process, go to ‘’Corporate entity’’, open the entity, ‘’Invoicing’’ tab and click on the button to unlock it, section ‘’Billing in process by:’’.

Draft invoicing project locked
From the draft invoicing window, click on unlock draft invoice in Action menu.

Abak Client automatic update failed
Before opening your Abak Client, right click on your Abak icon and from the menu select ‘’Run as administrator’’.


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TRAINING

SECURITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT IN ABAK360- BECOME A NINJA
Quite often we receive questions on how to manage security and accesses (access to projects, customers, timesheets, etc..) Once software has been implemented, it happens that customers do not really dare to manage those parameters without the assistance of a trainer.

Never mind! We invite you to participate to the free of charge online training session of our upcoming Abakast on May 29th. This Abakast will focus on functionalities related to access management and security in Abak 360.


REGISTER NOW


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NEW VERSION TO BE RELEASED IN MAY  (7.8.0.0): WHAT IS NEW ?

Numerous novelties and improvements are planned with the upcoming new version of Abak 360 to be released in May. As you will notice most of those updates are brought to Abak Web. For those who have not yet Abak Web, we invite you to contact us at sales@abaksoftware.com.

We shall be pleased to explain you how to add Abak Web to your current Abak package.

Main novelties :

Draft invoice (ABAK WEB)
Batch invoicing (ABAK WEB)
Send invoices per email (ABAK WEB)
Approval per project regarding all types of transactions (ABAK WEB)
Possibility to join documents to a timesheet and an expenses entry in Abak Mobile, and possibility to take pictures of documents (ABAK WEB)

Secundary improvements :
New Agenda (ABAK WEB)
Extraction of documents (ABAK WEB)
Possibility to join documents to a time sheet, a phase, and a draft invoice(ABAK WEB)
Transfer of transactions : Lock source and target projects rather than locking up the whole module (ABAK WEB and ABAK CLASSIC)
Two new improved versions of Transactions List report (ABAK WEB and ABAK CLASSIC)
Allow WIP limitation on billable balance for fixed price projects
Possibility to prevent logging transactions until a given date (ABAK WEB)
Possibilité dans la saisie rapide d’ajouter des activités/phases en lot. (ABAK WEB)
New logo- Abak360 (ABAK WEB and ABAK CLASSIC)

We shall organize free presentation webinars on the following dates:
June 5th, 2014 and August 6th, 2014

REGISTER HERE : JUNE 5TH, 2014

REGISTER HERE : AUGUST 6TH, 2014



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SOCIAL MEDIAL: OUR NEW LOOK. PARTICIPATE TO OUR CONTEST


More than a year ago, Sirius Group acquired a majority share in Abak software Inc. Since then, we have been hard at work to create a new image and be more active on social networks. All this work is nothing without you.
To celebrate our new look and social networks channel, we organize a contest just for our clients.

What you need to do:
Follow us on twitter : Sirius_soft
Like our Facebook : Sirius Software
Follow our company page on LinkedIn : Sirius

What you get:
1 ballot per social network.

The prize
The winning company will receive a 5 hour time bank. A value of 500$.

Why you should participate?


The contest ends on April 28th and we shall contact the winner the week after.

Good luck to you and get social !


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HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR PROJECTS – A DIAGNOSTIC COULD BE HELPFUL


Do you have the constant feeling that you’re losing control over your projects? That more often than not, it takes longer than expected to finish a project.

What about your budgets? Are they always on target? Are you missing the internal resources to coach you or to challenge your ideas?

Sirius consulting just launched a new service of personal coaching. For more information please contact us at sales@abaksoftware.com Better yet, to promote our new service, the first five persons to contact us be offered four hours of coaching for FREE!

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HOLYDAYS


We shall be closed on the following days:

Easter April 21st
Patriot Day May 19th
Quebec National Day Off June 24th
Canada Day July 1st


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