Old Accounting Software and Crashes: Time to Worry?
Question: I have some very old software called OrderMaster on my computer. Should I worry about crashes and losing my information?
Answer: OrderMaster is written in a very old computer language and is susceptible to crashes as supporting technology, such as Windows, advances.
I get calls frequently from OrderMaster users who have lost part or all their order history. You would be wise to have a plan B in place to avoid losing your data, which is priceless to your business. Considering options before a crash is much less stressful than waiting for a crisis situation that can bring your business to a halt.
In full disclosure, I acquired the rights to rewrite OrderMaster in a more modern language, but, unfortunately, it proved to be too expensive to do.
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Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.