DBA Announces Marketplace for Manufacturing Consultants

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New Web portal provides clients with a small-business alternative to ERP.

DBA Software Inc., the leader in ERP alternatives for small manufacturers, today announced the opening of its Consultants Marketplace, a new Web portal that enables manufacturing consultants and potential clients to meet and compare service offerings with customer requirements.

"Unlike ERP systems, which utilize a high-touch, high-cost sales model, we use a Web-based sales model that enables our small-business customers to get manufacturing software at a fraction of the cost of ERP," said Joe Hart, DBA's Consultants Program Manager. "In keeping with this model, our Consultants Marketplace establishes a community for consultants and clients who share a common set of interests based around our DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation software."

The typical DBA customer has five to 20 users. As ERP systems push down-market and promote to small manufacturers, resistance to the high cost and complexity of ERP is common. DBA offers consultants who service the small-business community an alternative that is scaled to fit the small-company environment.

The DBA Consultants Marketplace has three main components. First, consultants may add their contact information to free listings in the Consultants Directory, where they also can provide information about their services and background. Secondly, for a modest fee, consultants can advertise services within eight specialty categories. And thirdly, customers can post help requests, which are automatically e-mailed to the Consultants List for responses.

"In keeping with the spirit of the Internet, we are creating an open community without certification requirements or other barriers to participation," Hart said. "The Consultants Marketplace is open to any bona-fide manufacturing and accounting consultant who wants to get involved with our DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation product. Consultants are not endorsed or recommended by DBA, and customers are advised to do their own due diligence during the consultant selection process."

Consultants interested in this program can learn more by visiting the Support page at the company's Web site (http://www.dbamanufacturing.com).

About DBA Software Inc

DBA Software, Inc., a privately held company, has been a leading provider of manufacturing software to small businesses since 1992. The company's flagship product, DBA Manufacturing Next-Generation, provides manufacturers with an alternative to ERP systems that is scaled and priced for the small business environment. A free single-user version of the product is available for download at the company's Web site (http://www.dbamanufacturing.com).

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