Global Software Inc, Raleigh, North Carolina has reached Release 5.0 of its Carms Credit and Accounts Receivable Management System, claimed to provide improved functionality and significant processing efficiencies due to major re-architecturing of the system. Company president Ronald Kupferman believes that Carms is the most functionally rich and efficient mainframe accounts receivable system on the market today, with over 400 packages installed worldwide. The major functional enhancements in Release 5.0 kick off with changes to the database environments – IMS/DB, Adabas, IDMS/DB and Model 204 – to improve run times. There are also changes in the handling of VSAM parameters that are claimed to lead to a significant reduction in CICS/VSAM run times. The Customer Identification Number has been expanded to 18 positions and several fields have been extended from eight to 30 characters per field. Balance forward processing may now be established at either the business or customer level. There is an enhanced audit trial for both obligations and cash transfers. In the Closed Item Processing segment there is improved ability for an obligation or a check on both the closed and open item files from the Customer Indentification screen. And in the major processing module of the product, checkpoint/restarts and streamlining have been enhanced to handle the voluminous data requirements of the typically large Carms user more efficienty. Carms Release 5.0 is available free to all existing users currently under support. New installations are from $50,000 to $150,000 depending on configuration.