Mamut may be a new name to us, but not to its 75,000 customers across Europe. The Norwegian company has recently set up in the UK to market its range of integrated business management software packages, all of which have the same target audience: businesses with up to 50 staff and no more than 20 network users.

Mamut's Office Professional software product, which comes just below its top-of-the-range Enterprise edition, lacks only that product's time-billing module, and has the usual sales and purchase ledgers, accounting, purchase ordering/stock control and CRM (customer relationship management) features.

Standard edition, the product reviewed here, comes next, and doesn't offer any of the payroll facilities found in comparable offerings from Intuit and MYOB.

However, you can count on e-commerce support - Mamut can host your company's website - for a service fee. You can then control and amend your pages from within Office Standard, which is pretty convenient.

Another unusual feature is around-the-clock web support, which will be a relief for hard-pressed small-business owners. You get an interactive CD-ROM training guide and there's plenty of free tutorial information to be found on the Mamut website. However, there is a service charge for all Mamut software - £13 per month in the case of Office Standard.

Installing Mamut Office is straightforward but it is relatively resource-hungry. Once up and running Office Standard offers a gentle learning curve, thanks to its sensible interface layout. Mamut has close links with Microsoft, so it should be no surprise that Office Standard is tightly integrated with MS Office.

Mamut Office Standard: Specs

  • 300MHz Pentium II
  • Windows NT/98/Me/ 2000/XP
  • 128MB RAM
  • 300MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
  • 300MHz Pentium II
  • Windows NT/98/Me/ 2000/XP
  • 128MB RAM
  • 300MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later

OUR VERDICT

Mamut Office offers a fresh approach to running and managing a business. The result is an integrated package that helps simplify operations and improve efficiency.

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