Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin:
Data Conversion Under Way
New Program To Be Called: CQS.EXE
These topics will be dealt with in more detail throughout this bulletin.
To review the overall strategy, Compulife will be introducing the new software and data files while continuing to deliver and maintain the old software. For a period of about 6 months you will have both the old Windows PC software and the new Windows PC software, allowing you to fall back on the old software anytime that you have any doubt that the new software is not functioning properly.
During that initial period we will continue to maintain the old data, and then convert that old data to the new data format for use with the new program. While you have access to both old and new programs, we will continue to test and refine our new data entry software to ensure that we can maintain the products and rates in the new data structure without having to maintain the old data structure. Only after exhaustive testing is completed will we abandon the old data structure and move to maintaining only the new.
CQS is being designed to look and function more like what you would see if you were running that software from a web browser. In the long term we intend to beef up the cloud based version of Compulife which we now call “Compulife Basic”. Compulife Basic is a version of Compulife that runs from ANY device with a browser and web connection. Compulife Basic is FREE for everyone with a PC subscription, and it is available on a stand-alone basis.
The ultimate objective is to have both versions of Compulife work and function the same, so that those using the cloud version won’t have to think differently when using the Windows version. That objective is much further down the road and can only follow the roll out of the new data structure.
The new CQS program will dispense with the old Red menu and separate client screen. That structure was contrived during a period when many PC’s had low resolution screens and both the menu and client screen would not fit together on the same screen. That, combined with responsive designs, mean we can abandon that old format.
The Master Menu and client screen will be replaced by a single client entry screen from which all menu functions will be accessed. Menus will rely on a horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen, but we will have some short cut buttons that will give you quick access to important functions like comparisons, single product display and Pick 12. Once you select those functions they will appear just as they do now although over time the look and feel of those will change as we create a more browser-like interface.
There is a lot of work to go, but we think we have hammered out a game plan that the majority of our subscribers will like, and which should appeal to prospective buyers of our services.
The new CQS program will not be available until the end of this year.