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    Default Centershift buys RentPlus

    Well, it was bound to happen, they were just too small to keep up. Looks like I'll be moving to Centershift in the near future.
    Any opinions about Centershift or is it time to start looking for something altogether different?

    Here's the email I received just minutes ago:

    "August 27, 2010

    To Our Valued Customers and Friends:

    It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce to you today that RentPlus, Hi-Tech’s self storage management software product, has been acquired by Centershift, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Why sell?

    There are a number of reasons, but mostly it has to do with trying to ensure that our customers have a software system that will best meet the needs and demands of 21st century storage facility operators.

    I believe that only a centralized data model is viable in the long run, mostly because you now need to access that data from a variety of locations and devices, not just the PC sitting in the office. Today customers want to make payments, reservations and rentals or view their account on your website. Kiosks, smart phone applications and call centers are also in demand and are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the technology devices we will be seeing in the near future.

    With centralized data, a ‘software’ company is no longer just that. We have to also become an information technology company in order to provide the security, reliability and redundancy that hosting customer data requires. Further, as a centralized system grows, the volume of transactions quickly escalates into the millions, further increasing the demands and responsibilities of the hosting company.

    This is a great challenge for small software companies, as we generally do not have the resources or capital to invest in the hardware, software and personnel to adequately meet those responsibilities.

    Why Centershift?

    In our industry, Centershift clearly stands out as the technology leader. From its inception, Centershift has demonstrated a commitment to a centralized data model, and their willingness and ability to invest millions in the hardware, software and people that are needed to create a great software package is unmatched. With the infrastructure to support their goals and the financial acumen to ensure long term viability and growth, I am confident Centershift will continue to lead the industry.

    What happens now?

    In general terms, the long term plan is to migrate customers from RentPlus to Centershift and eventually retire RentPlus. For now, Hi-Tech will continue to provide support for RentPlus.

    Hi-Tech and Centershift have worked together to create a very comprehensive migration process that includes seamless, overnight conversion of the data, training, special documentation, informational webinars and financial incentives.

    We are preparing the details of these programs for each type of RentPlus customer (V2.0 on-line, V20, and V1.8 desktop, etc.) and will be sending a follow-up letter that outlines the details of the migration process for you and your facilities. Once you have that, we encourage you to attend one of the informational webinars to get started (details will be in the follow-up letter).

    Visit us at the SSA Trade Show in Las Vegas September 1-2

    Centershift has dedicated a section of their booth to Hi-Tech for the next SSA trade show, and I will be there to answer any questions you may have and to introduce you to Centershift’s executive team. This will also be a great opportunity for you to see a demo of Centershift’s software and learn more about it.

    Change is never easy, and we know that changing software is not something anybody ever really wants to do. That said, we are very excited about this acquisition and believe it to be a great opportunity for your organization to leverage the latest technology and make your business more successful than ever.

    Finally, on behalf of all of us at Hi-Tech Smart Systems Inc., please allow me to thank you for your business and support over these many years. The best experiences for me have been the opportunities to meet and get to know so many smart and interesting people from all over the world.

    Sincerely,


    Michael Richards
    President
    Hi-Tech Smart Systems, Inc."
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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    It was bound to happen as I was getting a lot of calls (over the last year) about people taking a moment to re-evaluate their software options and most of the time those folks were on RP. It'd be curious to see how they peg a value to a company when they are essentially buying the client list with no certainty those clients while switch over.

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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    Storman, take my advice...NOW is the time to evaluate OTHER self storage software providers!!! if you want more advice, email me.

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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    Storman, what Lisa T said. Now is the perfect time to look at everybody' software. Also, as Lisa T said, call or email and I will be glad to share what I know about Centershift, etc.
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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    Well...crap. As much as I've griped about RentPlus 2.0's various problems, the program was the best I've evaluated in the last 3 years.

    Being forced to go to a web-based program sucks. Fast response time, and smooth typing go right out the window with most web-based apps. I'm not a happy camper...
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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    I concur JAMiAM, I was very happy with RentPlus 2.0. I'm hopeful that Centershift integrates some of the look, feel and usability of RP, and they didn't just buy a customer list that they migrate to Centershift.

    I'm not looking forward to getting into all of this again, right now everything is working fine and very stable......argh.
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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    Quote Originally Posted by Storman View Post
    I'm hopeful that Centershift integrates some of the look, feel and usability of RP, and they didn't just buy a customer list that they migrate to Centershift.

    I wouldn't get my hopes up, Storman

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    Default Re: Centershift buys RentPlus

    We went from hitech 1.8 to their online server..our pre pays were completely screwed up. We had to move out (in the computer) and move back in all of the customers with 1 year prepays to get this right. We started looking at other software a couple of months ago and domico looks pretty good. We are worried about all the prepays that we have and we dont want that messed up and we aske hitech for a back up of our files on a disc and were told that they could not give us a backup...so I figure that whoever we go to will have the ability to grab our info. I have also been trying to find the Taskmaster web site and can't find it..can anyone help us find new software..thanks in advance for any help.

 

 
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