IRIS Software has started shipping tax and practice management products based on Microsoft's SQL Server database management system as the developer embarks on a long-term overhaul of its entire product range.
Deliveries of the SQL Server edition IRIS's tax, accounts production and practice management suite began at the beginning of October. Existing users will be upgraded to the new database system from April 2006.
SQL Server will become the standard database platform for all IRIS users, including payroll/HR and the IRIS Enterprise accounting system the company acquired last year.
Jeremy Watson, who managed the SQL Server migration project at IRIS, said replacing the previous database engine, Btrieve from Pervasive, will change how some of the IRIS applications behave. "Some areas will be fas...