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The transition from Cashmanager Rural Online to Farm Focus

It is now time to make a decision to switch over to Farm Focus, as Cashmanager Rural Online will be retired at some stage and it could be by the end of this year.

                 

What is Farm Focus?

Farm Focus is the next generation of Cashmanager Rural. It has been built from the ground up with a new, modern design that is easy to use and is suitable for all computer types, tablets and iPads.  It works through a browser on any device that can use a browser.

Can I take my data from Cashmanager RURAL to Cash Manager Focus and when?
Yes, you can switch, and you can migrate up to 2 years of data. Data older than that are available in the trend reports but cannot be drilled into any longer. Budgets can be migrated, as well as contacts, account codes etc. Older budgets can be exported from Cashmanager Rural and saved on your computer. Auto coding is not coming through from Rural, not are any split code rules, but new coding rules can be set up very easily and quickly.

You will have to invite everyone that currently has access to CRM online but the access level may need to be changed as the access levels are not quite the same.

Will I have to learn a whole new program?
Cash Manager Focus is a modern design. It looks different from Cash Manager RURAL and there will be things to learn. Our initial client testing went really well, most of the farmers found it easy to use. We have also geared up our client support services, both on the phone and online, so there is plenty of help available

How does the migration work?
The migration process has three steps:

  1. Cashmanager Rural needs to be up to date, reconciled, and coded, and you need to run a spring clean.
  2. Sign up to Focus
  3. Migrate to focus.

What is new?

Focus comes with an invoice scanner which will allow invoices to be attached to transactions.

Will there be a cost to change?
The subscription price is the same, the only change is that enterprising is now called Management Tags, and if you need more than one Management tag you have to pay an annual subscription per extra tag, currently $150 + GST/year, it goes up to $300 + GST/year.

Direct bank feeds

If you currently have a bank feed setup, it will come across the Focus and continue.

Export Direct Credit payments to your bank

Direct Payments are now available for most banks. ANZ, BNZ, Rabobank, Westpac, ASB and Kiwibank are all able to receive bill payment files from Cash Manager Focus. You can export a single batch payment file to pay multiple invoices at once.

Quick overview of the differences between Rural & Focus

https://help.farmfocus.nz/en/articles/4718626-become-familiar-with-cash-manager-focus-if-you-ve-switched-from-rural

Need Help?

We can help with the conversion. We can check your conversion plus do any remaining setup in Focus and we can teach you how to use Focus in the way it serves you best. Just call 027 557 5521 to arrange a conversion, check or training.