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Tech upgrade could mean huge IFA bill

IFAs could be facing bills of up to £65 per computer to meet the

technology requirements of their networks and soft-ware packages.

Many networks are recommending that IFAs use Windows 98 as their operating

system rather than the outdated Windows 95.

DBS is introducing minimum technology requirements for members, which

starts for existing members in April 2001. It is recommending members use

Windows 98 but it is still able to convert programs to Windows 95. EMX, the

purchase, sale and valuation system for investment products, is also

recommending that IFAs use Windows 98.

But technology experts believe up to 40 per cent of IFAs still use Windows

95. The cost of upgrading to Windows 98 can be as much as £65 per

machine, with costs mounting up for firms with several computers.

Experts predict the cost of switching to Windows 98 could be higher than

simply upgrading each machine.

They say some IFAs are not in a position to upgrade each machine easily as

the software they use is custom-made and the bill for changing the entire

system could be huge.

But EMX head of client services Richard Barrett expects IFAs will upgrade

to keep up with the pace of technology.

He says: “The critical point for EMX is security so IFAs would need the

correct version of the web browser which we supply.”


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