Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 21 / FEBRUARY 1982 / PAGE 183

Financial Modeling Software Package

Osborne/McGraw-Hill has announced plans to distribute MicroFinesse, a financial modeling software package, with initial shipments to dealers commencing January, 1982. This move marks a major thrust by the McGraw-Hill Book Company into software distribution.

Written in Pascal, MicroFinesse runs on the Apple II microcomputer and will be distributed by Osborne/McGraw-Hill in the US and Canada only. The complete menu-driven package, with documentation, will sell for $495.00, available primarily through retail computer stores.

A financial modeling, forecasting and decision-making system, MicroFinesse was developed by the P-E Consulting Group, one of England's top management firms, with over 10 years experience in financial modeling.

According to Martin McNiff, Technical Group Manager at Osborne/McGraw-Hill, MicroFinesse is more than a spreadsheet package. "It offers planning capabilities seen before only on much larger systems, such as the ability to create investment and financial alternative models, as well as pro forma statements, sales productivity or profitability forecasts. Users can define target figures and use MicroFinesse to determine what must be done to meet those goals," says McNiff. He also points to the program's color graphics, model consolidations and report-generating features.

A significant commitment to after-sale support has also been announced by Osborne/McGraw-Hill, including a dedicated toll-free telephone "hot line" which will be in place at the time initial shipments commence.

For more information, please contact: Chris Chambers, Sales and Marketing Director, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, (415) 548-2805.