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December 6, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Small software house Stewart Computers Ltd from Nottingham has set up a distribution deal with Sphinx Ltd for its C-Nix business management software. Sphinx re-launched the package last week under a new name – The Business – and with added compatibility with Informix SQL. According to Mark Hayden, who heads Sphinx’s newly set-up Software Solutions division, the package will provide direct competition to Tetra’s Chameleon accounting software, which he cites as another example of template software, using menus that can be tailored for a particular customer’s requirements. Chameleon has recently been adopted by IBM for the RT 6150 under AIX, but Hayden said he would be happy with the rest of the market, claiming that the C-Nix’s underlying accounts modules offer more flexibility than the Tetraplan base used by Chameleon. Around 70 installations of C-Nix have been completed by Stewart Computers, which will continue to sell its original product locally, whilst Sphinx says it will concentrate on corporate users, anticipating sales of up to 25 four to five module systems costing around UKP15,000 in the first six months. It also hopes to close strategic deals with hardware manufacturers – the package is 8 ently available on Altos, NCR, and ICL machines under SCO Xenix and Unix. Sphinx has re-structured its UK activities into three divisions: software distribution, information services (training), and software solutions, which includes consultancy. The move involved a rationalisation of products for which the company offers a full level of support.

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