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About Start Software

Start Software is an award-winning developer and leading publisher of asbestos software, systems for the legal services industry and more.

Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

Our legal services software Alpha Legal helps will writers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and estate agents to communicate securely with clients. Read about developments here on the blog.

Or need help with Alpha Anywhere or Alpha Transform projects or software development? You'll find useful info here.

Pizza party for Oliver's last day at Start Software

Our support apprentice Oliver enjoyed his last day at Start on Friday with pile of Pizza Hut pizza! 

We'll all miss Oliver and wish him well for the future.

Oliver's pizza party

Do remember that we offer 24x7 unlimited personal support here at Start Software - follow this link to see how to contact us.

Hampshire County Council go live with Alpha Tracker

Our Alpha Tracker trainer Kim really enjoyed meeting the asbestos specialists at Hampshire County Council this week.  The staff even looked cheerful at the end of the training!

The asbestos team at Hampshire County Council

Alpha Tracker - did you know...? #10 - Super-flexible Re-inspections

Did you know that Alpha Tracker has the most flexible asbestos re-inspection options on the market?

Asbestos consultancies provide re-inspection services as a mainstay of their businesses, and Alpha Tracker has options galore:

  • you can re-inspect from a single asbestos survey (useful if your consultancy carried out the original survey)
  • you send collect all known data for a site and send it back to one or more handsets for re-inspecting... great if multiple surveys and re-inspections have been undertaken at a site
  • data imported from spreadsheet (perhaps from another consultancy or from information held by the client) can be used as the source of a re-inspection
  • during the re-inspection, your qualified asbestos surveyors can collect new samples (if they have been able to access a previously inaccessible area, for example)
  • you can schedule re-inspections and mark data to be delivered to a handset on a specific day... very handy if you are planning work days or weeks in advance.

If you want to know any more about our asbestos re-inspection options, do get in touch.

Another busy Alpha Tracker week

We've had another couple of Alpha Tracker orders from asbestos consultancies in Scotland - all from personal recommendation, which is lovely.  We do enjoy working north of the border and Kim is looking to spending some time near Loch Ness to do the next batch of training.

Kim has also been training clients this week to use their customised air monitoring/4-stage clearance apps.  With data capture including site plans and unlimited photos, our new apps and Alpha Tracker process is proving to be popular although sometimes time-consuming to implement.

We've also been testing new versions of our app/web server software this week to see if we see better performance on larger installations (our latest has a client with 6,000 sites and wants to access them all - in one go - via the client portal).

We're ready for the weekend!!

Alpha Tracker - did you know...? #9 - Google Calendar Sync

Did you know that Alpha Tracker's diary can auto-sync with Google Calendars?

Alpha Tracker's built-in work diary
Why is this so useful?  This means that Google Calendars set up for your staff can be auto-synced from your office Alpha Tracker diary.  No more emailing work schedules, no more whiteboards... all staff can see what they are supposed to be doing on their own mobile phones.  They don't even ever have to "sync" as their phone will always show their latest Google Calendar.

Also... Google Calendars are free! And staff can have their work diary as an extra one so that it doesn't interfere with their personal calendar or ones they have set up for other reasons.

"Alpha Tracker is bl**dy brilliant!" - nice quote!

One of the five asbestos consultancies that went live with Alpha Tracker in January sent us an email this week - "Alpha Tracker is bl**dy brilliant!".  The director of the consultancy (who has used many other asbestos systems) said that he'd wished he'd bought the system years ago as it was saving them so much time.

What a lovely way to end the week.

Alpha Tracker - did you know...? #8 - the Project Dashboard

Did you know that asbestos software Alpha Tracker has a customisable, colour-coded Project Dashboard showing you the status of all jobs at a glance?

The Alpha Tracker Project Dashboard

For more articles in this "did you know" series, take a look at these blog posts:

#1 - all about our support - 24x7 in person

#2 - unlimited Client Portal

#3 - importing from Excel

#4 - integrating with accounts packages

#5 - template re-design service

#6 - other environmental services available in Alpha Tracker

#7 - transferring data between Alpha Tracker systems

Alpha Tracker - did you know...? #7 - you can transfer data between Alpha Tracker systems

Did you know you can transfer data to and from other Alpha Tracker systems?

A whole range of options are available, enabling you to exchange data with other asbestos surveyors as well as organisations holding asbestos data in their own Alpha Tracker databases.

Some of the data exchange options in Alpha Tracker
A small charge is made to enable some of these options (where the data exchange happens via a secure third-party server, for example) so do get in touch to find out more.

Alpha Tracker Release 27 is available now

Our winter 2017/18 update of asbestos software Alpha Tracker, Release 27, is now available.

There are nearly 200 software updates in this release - new features, bug fixes and performance improvements.  Watch this video for a quick overview of the changes.

Users of our Legionella, contaminated soil and air testing modules will all see improvements.  In addition, this update also prepares the ground for our new Alpha Tracker Mobile app with some very exciting additions!

Kim's Alpha Tracker release notes will be available on our website as usual.

We're planning Release 28 now so do get in touch with your ideas to make Alpha Tracker an even better product for you.

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