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22 OCTOBER 2002: Hansa Business Solutions has announced the launch of PocketHansa for Hansa Financials which will bring the functionality of Hansa's software to any handheld device running Microsoft’s Pocket PC software.

This announcement puts the power of Hansa's financials, CRM and logistics capabilities into a wide array of new remote environments – from financial directors wanting access to the latest information whilst travelling on business or even on holiday, to consultants or salespeople on the move or in the customer's own office, or on a handheld scanning device in a warehouse or factory.

PocketHansa is a true client for devices running Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system that runs on popular PDAs from Compaq and Toshiba as well as the latest specialist devices from Symbol and Siemens, as well as the news XDA from O2. The PDA can be directly connected to the network server or to a mobile phone running either BlueTooth or Infrared wireless communications.

Hansa's UK Managing Director Stephen Jay comments, "PocketHansa is further proof of Hansa's leading edge in technology. Hansa continues to release products that fit with the technology that's available today, rather than talking about products that may not be available for years to come. PocketHansa gives you instant access to whatever financial or customer information you need: over a GSM mobile phone or by using the latest GPRS phones you can maintain an always-on connection to get up to the minute information as it changes."

He continues, "We fully appreciate that many accountants and financial directors will consider this the sort of thing only applicable to the world of "007", but there are many practical business applications where access or input of up-to-the-minute data can make a remarkable impact. Much of our early interest has been in the area of speeding up the sales process and in the input of time and expense information."

A key feature in the use of PocketHansa is that no synchronisation is necessary as access is direct and update is immediate. Many executives who are travelling regularly will benefit from this aspect as well as those who need up-to-date information on diaries for meeting scheduling or task management.

All of the functionality of PocketHansa is the same as Hansa Financials itself and no new training is required for its operation.

PocketHansa is available for all Hansa Financials users at no extra licence cost. PocketHansa is part of Hansa's strategy of improving the desktop for all its users. By setting up a Hansa Server with a fixed line to the internet, PocketHansa runs on the WAN (Wide area network) like other clients.

Hansa runs on servers with Microsoft, Mac OS, IBM pSeries, iSeries and zSeries. Client software is available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux in addition to the new Pocket PC version of PocketHansa.

For more information please contact Kieran Kent at +44 (0) 1932 578 800