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** First version: (lite) for single users, available for free on request at www.benchmark-software.co.uk . Network version available from £200 **


Benchmark Software, a UK developer of accounting, CRM and payroll software for small businesses, has developed and launched a new knowledge management software package for small business users called Chunks.


Chunks is designed with a functionality and ease of use that helps small businesses to manage knowledge and information simply, efficiently and effectively, with a suitable price tag - an entry price of £200 for a network version of the software. A free single-user version is available for business users by contacting Benchmark Software at in@benchmark-software.co.uk or via Benchmark Software’s website: www.benchmark-software.co.uk.


Chunks enables a user to manage any type of information – from addresses, web pages, or product details to complex problem/solution sets. It can also be used for more personal knowledge such as recipes, plant care hints or birthdays. It can be used to keep any useful information that people find and think ‘I’ll keep that handy’, for example, how to tie a bow tie.


The software works by assigning every entry a title and a category and the option to further categorise using keywords. Entries in a specific category or all categories can be displayed, and easy-to-use search facilities allow the user to quickly find entries that match search words.


Chunks allows users to type text directly into a record, or to copy and paste text and/or images, including Web page content, so users and businesses don't have to keep printing and filing Web pages.


Chunks was originally developed for in-house use by Benchmark Software’s support department to build up a support database. It is now core to the Benchmark Software support department, providing a knowledgebase that allows quick and easy entry and retrieval of data.


Simon Harvey, managing director, Benchmark Software said, “Our developers knew that the package had to allow searches to be carried out and be easy-to-use so that problems could be solved quickly and efficiently.”


Simon Harvey continued, “Although I advocate knowledge management and sharing for all organisations, smaller businesses have the ideal conditions for implementing an effective KM strategy with close and collaborative cultures. Small businesses also tend to suffer more from lost knowledge when staff leave. The practical application of knowledge management is vital for any SME to create a more productive working environment.”


A new, more powerful SuperChunks package is under development, planned for release in 2004. Prices for this package will be available on release of the software.

To get a free copy of Chunks, readers should send an email to in@benchmark-software.co.uk


NOTE TO EDITORS:

Benchmark Software is a UK-based developer of business software for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), specialising in accounting and payroll software. The company has just launched a customer relationship management (CRM) software package.


With over 1,000 customers, Benchmark Software dedicates itself to developing powerful software that is easy to install and intuitive to use.

Benchmark Software’s packages include:

- Accounting Software: Snip (entry level accounting package)

- Accounting Software: Chancellor

- Customer Relationship Management Software: Cream CRM (new)

- Chunks: Knowledge management Software


Benchmark has been developing software since 1978, providing inexpensive, easy-to-use software that doesn’t require extensive and costly training. More details are available at www.benchmark-software.co.uk


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