CLEVELAND - Data-Basics, a provider of enterprise software applications for the service and facilities management industries, is expanding its operations to Canada. At the Canadian PRSM Meeting in Toronto, the company announced the appointment of Ken Priestman, a service industry sales executive, and the selection of Toronto-based Summit Business Systems as its sales, implementation, and customer support dealer for Canada.

"Data-Basics has a decade's worth of history in Canada with clients such as Vector Industries, and long-term experience in language, tax, and legal issues," said Art Divell, CEO, Data-Basics. "With Priestman and Summit Business Systems dedicated to serving the Canadian market, we expect even higher interest in Data-Basics' SAM Pro Enterprise software suite."

SAM Pro offers service management, mobile workforce, and back office accounting solutions.

Prior to joining Data-Basics for business development, Priestman was business account manager for eight years with Ontario-based Jonas (Gary Jonas Computing Ltd.). Priestman was responsible for extending sales operations and dealer channels in the U.S. Bringing more than 23 years of software sales management experience, Priestman will work with Summit Business Systems to grow and service Data-Basics' Canadian customer base.

Summit Business Systems was established in 1991 and has become a leading provider of business processing software. Under the leadership of John Holmes, Summit sales manager and partner, the company now will expand its apparel industry focus to include both the service and facilities management industries.

"SAM Pro's uniqueness is based on its Rules-Based Managementâ„¢ (RBM) technology which automates and controls work order management by triggering a series of alarms and designating actions to be executed," said Priestman. "Data-Basics is meeting a need in the Canadian service industry for proactive software that gives companies the flexibility and scalability they need to grow their businesses."

Publication date: 08/02/2004