Mike Thew from Ealing Primary Care Trust was our first Beta tester for the Eclipse-fm® v4 Purchase Orders System. We asked him how different it was:-
Chalk and cheese.
This is how I found the new Eclipse Financial Order System, having extensively used the old system using the various pull down menus.
It was a breath of fresh air using the new module, with only two screens now available from the pull down menu, the first covering the whole order process and the second for re-allocation of the account codes on a processed order.
The main screen displays the main order information - names addresses, order status, costs etc. At this point all previous orders are available for interrogation from pull down tabs with filtered searches and all pull downs are capable of sorting and search using the search routines. Separate tabs are available for the input of invoices, credits notes, levels of authorisation and order history.
Compared to Eclipse-fm® version 3.1, the raising of requisitions and orders is easily completed from the on screen displays, including linking to Asset Headers and Activity Codes.
Having Beta tested the module over a two day period the amount of queries that I had was negligible with only minor tweaks required. Getting to grips with the software was easily achieved, the hard part was getting used to the (much easier!) one screen approach.
The reports, although accessed from the original tabs, are much improved with full order details being displayed alongside the financial information.
In passing, other modules would benefit with the concept of a single access screen, as this shows a marked improvement compared with the overall operation of the software.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised at the improvement and overall speed improvements over version 3.1. The raising of requisitions and orders from inception to completion much simpler to understand and carry out.