Should I Upgrade my GoldMine?
As budgets are being finalized for next
year, many executives ask themselves what the best use is for their IT
dollars. If you are a user of GoldMine Standard Edition (version 6.7
dBase and earlier), this question is very important.
We know that your version of GoldMine still works
well in your environment and that is a testament to the quality of the
product you purchased several years ago. But there are important
advantages to upgrading your GoldMine sooner than later.
FrontRange, the maker of GoldMine,
discontinued its support for all versions prior to v7 Corporate Edition.
Rest assured though, that Beachwood Systems will continue to support
your company’s usage of earlier products as long a possible.
Secondly, with PC and server upgrades that your
company may be considering, older versions of GoldMine are incompatible
with new operating systems like Windows Vista. This is also true with MS
Office. Document templates created in earlier versions will no longer
work in Office 2007.
Most importantly, GoldMine now uses
Microsoft SQL for its back-end database. This replaces the cumbersome
dBase of days past. SQL is a far superior database engine that
eliminates the need for the ‘BDE’. MS SQL is a much more reliable
database engine and database maintenance is performed automatically and
regularly to ensure data integrity. Plus, MS SQL & Crystal are included
with the upgrade of GoldMine at no additional cost. Nice!