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[Franklin, TN — June 3, 2014 —] Memorial Business Systems (MBS), today announced it has achieved a Silver Application Development competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

MBS has provided software for cemeteries and funeral homes since 1983, and has been a Microsoft Certified Partner since 2007.

“This Microsoft Silver Application Development competency showcases our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Fred Miller, President and CEO. “Our plan is to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

PRESS RELEASE: Marcia Akins Receives FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award

Memorial Business Systems software developer Marcia Akins has been named recipient of the Microsoft’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual FoxPro, only the 15th ever named to receive that honor worldwide, and the second MBS recipient in the last three years.

Marcia, who joined the MBS staff last May, is a ten-time winner of the prestigious Microsoft’s FoxPro MVP award (Most Valuable Professional) given by Microsoft to those acknowledged to have demonstrated expertise and leadership in the growth of  Visual FoxPro (VFP) technology.

Marcia is a long-standing Visual FoxPro developer who, after 15 years as an independent consultant, joined the MBS staff. Her accomplishments include the publication of two books on VFP and speaking engagements at User Groups and Conferences all over the world.

Company President Fred Miller said, “Marcia represents more evidence that MBS is committed to bringing the best to our clients. “Wow” software that is comprehensive, easy to use, and has extensive reporting capability pointed at the output needs of our industry. We have assigned Marcia to extend this caliber of programming into our initial funeral home module that is integrated with our Nexus database program for use by combination operations”

Nexus 4.8 Released

Nexus 4.8 has been released and is available through Online Update.  Highlights of the new release are:

  • The Nexus Home Page (first introduced in Nexus 4.7.01) brings you the latest news and updates straight from MBS, as well as easy links to helpful resources. Be sure to register on our all-new web site to access more information and to become part of the MBS community.
  • Nexus is now integrated with PayPros, our preferred provider for credit card and ACH processing. We will be in touch to demonstrate how you can save money on credit card fees and save time processing electronic payments in Nexus. (X-Charge integration remains functional for clients that wish to continue using it.)
  • A single item can now be cancelled from a contract. On the Contract Entry screen Contract Items tab, a Cancel Item button is now available when editing a contract. When pressed, the process is similar to cancelling a contract. To go along with this feature, item grids on the Contract Entry screen and Task Center contain color-coded columns for quantity fulfilled/cancelled. Please contact MBS Technical Support if you need assistance with this valuable new feature.
  • Nexus can now import people, property/ownership, services, and contracts from Excel spreadsheets. If you would like to use this feature, please contact MBS for instructions.


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PRESS RELEASE: Cathy Knight Receives FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award

Cathy Knight - FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award

We at Memorial Business Systems are proud to announce that Cathy Knight has received the prestigious FoxPro Lifetime Achievement Award. Created in 2001 by Microsoft, this award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Visual FoxPro community. To date, this award has only been given to 14 people worldwide, making us all the more proud of Cathy’s achievement.

Cathy started developing software in high school over three decades ago and has never quit. She started applying that talent to MBS seven years ago accommodating the needs of new clients and carrying out custom development work for clients. MBS President Fred Miller said, “Cathy simply knows how to do software development; how to ask the right questions to develop the detailed understanding of what the customer wants. She is a thinker and a do-er.”

Over the course of her career she earned the Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP Award eight years in a row. She also had the opportunity to work as a subcontractor onsite in Redmond with the Microsoft Fox Team in 2001. Cathy has not only written various articles for Fox magazines but has written a book, "The Visual FoxPro Report Writer: Pushing it to the Limit and Beyond", as well as co-authoring three others. Cathy participates in her local FoxPro user group and speaks at other user groups when time permits. She has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Germany.

MBS Web Site

Welcome to the all-new web site for Memorial Business Systems! We've been hard at work to make this site a better experience for both existing and potential users of our software.

If you're looking for new software, check out the Products and Services sections to get all the details on what we offer. Wanna buy now? No problem. Visit our Online Store to buy Nexus Express and any of our add-ons with no hassle.  All packages include training and support. For the complete Nexus 4 and IMAP products, we need to get some information from you before we can provide pricing, so Contact Us to learn more.

We have a fantastic group of users. A major goal is to build a community around the new site and make it easier for our clients to connect with MBS and each other.  To take advantage of the new community features, be sure to Register on the site.  Use our Forums to ask pre-sales questions or get help with our products (from both MBS and your peers).  We've included Community forums, so you can network and grow your skills and your business.  We've also setup a MBS Facebook page to post news and announcements.  You can "Like" us directly in the sidebar to the right.  Also, feel free to share news articles with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn using the buttons below.

We are very excited about the new web site and the possibilities it brings. We hope you like it. Take a look around and let us know what you think!


Sharon Vallejo, Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS

"We want to thank you and all your staff for the hard work they put in on our maps. I know for a fact they were not easy. Vickie, Tom, Cathy and Jan were great to work with. I also want to let you know that Jan is such a valuable employee to your company. She is very knowledgeable about your systems and always willing to help someone. I am very pleased with your systems. Nexus is a wonderful system to work with and I can't say enough about the mapping system, except, I don't know why we waited so long to get it."

Memorial Business Systems, Inc., Computers Hardware, Software & Services, Brentwood, TN

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