Harpenden, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 01, 2011 -- Background
UK businesses still using MYOB software need to start planning a migration path to an alternative software vendor after the announcement from new owners Mamut that MYOB will no longer function for UK customers after December 31st 2011. The UK arm of MYOB was bought by Mamut in 2008, after MYOB made the decision to leave the UK to concentrate on its home Australian market. The takeover of MYOB by Mamut, a Norwegian headquartered software company, has led to the announcement that Windows users of MYOB will have to switch to another product. The functionality of MYOB depends upon checking-in with a web server each time it is activated and this will no longer be available from December 31st 2011. This is certainly not limited to small applications, MYOB is vital to the operation of many organisations. Bryan Richter, Mamut country manager for the UK, said customers had been given four years to make the switch. "A high percentage of customers have already made the change, but we are aware that some will wait until the final deadline," Richter said. "We appreciate that this situation represents disruption to our customers and are doing our best to mitigate the impact of their chosen supplier withdrawing from the UK market." Customers could choose to buy an Australian version of the MYOB software, but those UK users looking for support on the MYOB forums have been advised that may not be the shrewdest of choices. "The Australia/New Zealand software makes no provision at all for VAT, or for any other UK/European tax systems, so all tax functions will be manual calculations based on what you can get out of the system," a moderator warned. At the moment it is not clear exactly how many customers will be influenced by this decision. Mamut customer support have said that tens of thousands could be cut off. When the Mamut acquisition was completed in 2008, there were 20,000 active MYOB users in the UK!!.
MYOB Migration Path
AboutAccounting.co.uk experience in this field has now been channelled into a path for MYOB to Sage Migration based upon these stages:
AboutAccounting train the user in understanding the key differences between MYOB and Sage, then enabling the user with the necessary Sage skills.
 Install Sage Software
AboutAccounting Install Sage immediately after the training to enable the user to apply the Sage skills.
 Data Transfer
AboutAccounting transfer the existing data from MYOB to Sage.
 Maintenance & Support
AboutAccounting provide Sage software support.