Application service provider Esoft Global has launched a package to allow its users to offer outsourcing services themselves.
Accountancy firm Redwood used the Esoft service to set up a new outsourcing division for small- and medium-sized businesses. The Web-based bureau service covers financial and management accounts and is based on a financial application from OpenAccounts.
Redwood can run a firm's entire accounts department or offer support for business planning. Customers simply need a PC or thin client with an internet connection.
Redwood's outsourcing service is managed remotely from a central datacentre by Esoft and OpenAccounts as part of a $7.5m (£5.35m) agreement between the two suppliers. Esoft claimed the service can be set up within three days.
Redwood's managing director Graham Hoggard said: "Our aim is to persuade clients to outsource the whole of their financial function for a fraction of the cost required to employ a financial director and their back-up team."
Prices for the service range from £75 to £300 per user, depending on the range of desktop features, such as Microsoft Exchange, offered with the service.
Esoft already has 30 alliances with software suppliers, including financials supplier Great Plains and customer relationship management supplier Epicor. Esoft is now keen to target larger companies, particularly in the telecoms sector.
This was first published in September 2000