Q: What is Spire?
A: Spire is the new integrated accounting and inventory
management software produced by Tri-Tech Information Systems of Vancouver,
BC. It is based on their BVEssentials product (now known simply
as Essentials). It will initially be of most interest to users
of BusinessVision. All signs are pointing towards BusinessVision
entering an "end-of-life" phase with product retirement on the
horizon - please see The Future
of BusinessVision. Spire is written using a modern
programming language and methods, with a modern (fast) database
engine. Compared to BusinessVision, Spire is greatly modernized
Q: When will Spire be available?
A: Version 1.0 of Spire was released in March 2015. Since
then various releases have rectified small issues with the
software, and have gradually added additional functionality,
Q: If Spire is new won't I have to worry about a
lot of bugs?
A: Spire is new, but also not new. It is the BVEssentials
product (now known as Essentials) that has been in use by end
users for many years (since 2001). All that is changing is that Spire will
use a modern database engine for storing its data instead of
Pervasive (which BusinessVision uses). In more technical terms, Spire is the BVEssentials product that is currently in use, but with a
different database layer. Also, Tri-Tech Information Systems is very diligent about
releasing service packs for their software. Reported issues are
Q: Will Spire still be around in five years?
After all, it is "brand new".
A: As previously mentioned, Spire is not really brand new.
Tri-Tech Information Systems has been in business for 28 years
(since 1986) and has a proven track record of providing quality
software while at the same time being highly responsive to end users and
their product channel. The company has the financial resources
to produce, maintain, and enhance the Spire product into the
Q: Will I be able to keep my BusinessVision
A: Spire includes a complete 100% one-click data conversion from BusinessVision
at no extra charge. You will not lose any data whatsoever. All your
history will remain intact. No other software has this
shouldn't I just stay on BusinessVision (if it ain't broke why
A: In spite of what Sage is saying, BusinessVision is indeed on
its last legs. It embodies components which are obsolete, two of
which are no longer supported by their respective vendors (and
these will not be updated). Sage is no longer adding new
features to the product. Most of the BusinessVision staff at
Sage, including the Product Manager, are gone. BusinessVision
will sooner or later be broken by either a new version of
Windows or a Windows update. And you cannot use BusinessVision
past the year 2020.
In any case, why stay behind on old, slow, quirky technology
when you can have the ultra-modern and fast Spire software with
essentially the same processes and methods you are used to from
For more information please see
The Future of BusinessVision.
Q: What about my customized reports and
A: Most customized reports and forms can be easily converted
for use with Spire. Some may require more work.
Q: Will I have to learn a whole new software and
way of doing things?
A: Spire's processes are generally parallel to those of
BusinessVision. You will find that using Spire will be very
familiar to you once you adapt to the modernized screens. The
same general methods to process sales, POs, etc still apply.
There's no brand new methodology and terminology to learn.
Q: Will Sage sue Tri-Tech Information Systems
for producing Spire and try to shut them down?
A: Tri-Tech Information Systems has been very careful to develop BVEssentials and
Spire without violating any legal requirements for developing
original software. It consists of 100% original programming
code, and no terminology unique to BusinessVision has been used
in the product. Nor is the BusinessVision name or abbreviation
being used in association with Spire. The screens are different.
Q: Will I lose any of the functionality of
A: All processes and modules that are present in BusinessVision
have equivalents in Spire, with only a few small exceptions.
Modules included are General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts
Payable, Inventory, Sales Order, Purchase Order, Customers,
Vendors, Bill of Material, Job Cost, Payroll, Point of Sale,
Multicurrency. BusinessVision's Custom Pack features are all
supported, with the exception of Super Ticker. Workbook (called
Custom Fields in Spire) is available as an add-on. All of the
preceding have greatly enhanced
functionality over BusinessVision.
Q: What about third-party add-on products for
BusinessVision? Will those vendors be supporting Spire?
A: Yes, absolutely! All major third party vendors who have
add-ons to BusinessVision will be supporting Spire. Quite
frankly, it would be a bad business decision not to, given the
intense interest in Spire.
Q: Will Spire be faster than BusinessVision?
Will there be fewer missed postings and data issues?
A: YES!! Spire runs on a modern database (PostgreSQL) with
"transaction processing" built in. This is a technical term that
simply means it will ensure that ALL parts of a transaction will
update ALL parts of the system it is meant to.
As for speed, in a test case a BusinessVision client with
600,000 inventory items (that is not a typo) converted their
data for use with Spire. Their inventory screen in Spire loaded
ALL 600,000 items in TWO seconds!
Q: What enhancements and features will be coming in future
versions of Spire?
A: Once the first release of Spire is "out the door" and
bug-free, future Spire versions will include a US version,
multilingual versions, a database overhaul, versions for Mac and
Linux/Unix. And an integrated CRM. Plus many various program feature enhancements.
Spire has a long list of new user-requested
features to add to the software.
Q: Do I need to know Excel to get reports
A: No, absolutely not. Spire has the capability of exporting
just about any and all of your data to Excel. The data comes out
properly formatted and ready for pivot table analysis. However,
you don't have to use any of this functionality if you don't
wish to. You can add just about any number of custom reports to
Spire, just as in BusinessVision.
Q: What is PostgreSQL?
A: Spire is written in a modern programming language and
uses PostgreSQL as its database. PostgreSQL is a modern open
source database in wide use worldwide since 1989. PostgreSQL can
run on many platforms, including WIndows, Mac, and Linix/Unix.
PostgreSQL is in wide use on the Internet and therefore there
will be many opportunities for Internet functionality in Spire.
PostgreSQL is also free. For more information, please visit the
Q: What will be the price for Spire?
A: If you already own BusinessVision, there is special upgrade
pricing in place - please
contact Wildwood Canada for information. Alternatively, if you purchase BVEssentials
now, you will get a free upgrade to Spire when it is released to
the public. If you are buying Spire brand new, the pricing will
be in the same neighbourhood as current BusinessVision pricing.
The database PostgreSQL is an open source product and is
therefore free of charge.
Q: Will you still be my consultant (ie Walter
Muma, Wildwood Canada)?
A: Yes! Most BusinessVision consultants are looking forward
to adopting Spire as their system of choice to recommend to
Q: Where can I buy Spire and upgrade my
A: Spire is only available through authorized and trained
Spire Partners. Please contact Walter
Muma at Wildwood Canada.
Q: Where can I view an online demo of Spire?
A: Please visit the
Spire Youtube channel.
Q: Why should I adopt Spire? Aren't there
other comparable products out there?
A: Actually there's very little available that's in the same
market niche and price level as BusinessVision and Spire. BusinessVision users
who don't adopt Spire are faced with a significant downgrade to
Simply Accounting (now known as Sage 50) and will lose a lot of
the more advanced features of BusinessVision, or to Quickbooks
which has very poor multiuser capabilities and no secure audit
trail. These two packages are best suited for very small
businesses. Alternatively, businesses that use BusinessVision would otherwise have to spend a
significant amount of money to move to Sage 300 (formerly known as Accpac),
which has its own set of significant disadvantages.
of these cases there is NO one-click 100% data conversion from BusinessVision!
Quotes from other vendors for converting BusinessVision data to
Sage 300 have been as high as $15,000! Data conversion is
FREE when you migrate to Spire. And when switching to other
software, users would face a steep learning curve.
Because of the current hype about
cloud-based solutions, some businesses may be tempted to go that
route. However, the many significant drawbacks
of cloud-based systems make this a poor choice (please read
For BusinessVision users, the only choice that make any real
sense and is cost effective is to migrate to Spire.
Q: Where can I get more information?
contact Wildwood Canada for more information.