Yes, the WebLink integration with Mitchell1 requires that the customer be on the Mitchell1 Manager Plus 6.4SE version or greater. Any previous version will not work with the WebLink integration. Below if more information about the SE version and details about upgrading:
Mitchell 1 recently marked the commercial release of Manager/ManagerPlus SE v6.4. “SE” is short for ShopStream Enabled, which is a reference to increased levels of connectivity among the Mitchell 1 family of products. Manager SE is the planned successor to Manager 5.9, and is based on Microsoft’s SQL database structure. We have run the application through extensive beta testing and the application is solid. Manager SE 6.4 includes some great new features, and this new platform will allow us to continue to add the features that you and customers have been requesting.
This is a “pilot” release meaning that we are not automatically sending SE installation discs to our existing Manager 5.9 users. Upgrades to SE are by request only. Also, Manager 5.9 is still our main platform for new sales. Manager 5.9 will be shipped by default to new customers unless Manager SE is specifically requested on the order form.
There are many reasons why a current Manager 5.9 user would decide to upgrade to Manager SE 6.4, such as VIN decoding or one-click emailing of estimates and invoices. However, not all of the applications that currently integrate with Manager 5.9 yet integrate with Manager SE, so each customer’s needs should be weighed individually in the decision to run SE or 5.9.
There is a one-time Manager SE upgrade fee for current Manager 5.9 customers. The terms of the original contract remain in place. This one upgrade fee covers all computers in the shop. There is no “owned” version of Manager SE, so any current owner of Manager 5.x must sign up for a new POP agreement when upgrading. The fee is waived in that case.
As you get set to perform the upgrade, please pay attention to the installation instructions because the process is different from what you’re used to with Manager 5.9. You’ll notice that there are no license key diskettes included. Instead of a diskette, Manager SE uses the internet to activate the product and to maintain a license. Enter your Rep ID number as your account number when prompted.
You may install this application on the same machine(s) that you’re currently running Manager 5.9 on. The applications will not interfere with one another. During the installation of SE, the application will grab your existing Manager 5.9 database and make a copy in SQL form (Important note: Make sure you’ve shut down Manager 5.9 before you use SE’s database migration function). At that point you’ll have identical databases in two different formats for each Manager version to run. This sync only happens during installation, so any info you enter in one database is not automatically going to be entered in the other moving forward.
The hardware requirements to run Manager SE are greater than they are for Manager 5.9, this is due mainly to the use of SQL. The application is Windows XP and Vista 32-bit compatible, but not Windows 2000 compatible as Manager 5.9 is. Please check the documentation for minimum hardware requirements before you install. The application will not install on 64-bit operating systems. Addressing this will be a high priority for the 6.4 release, along with compatibility with the soon to be released Windows 7 operating system.
The Manager SE application shares a similar look and feel with Manager 5.9, so getting used to this new version shouldn’t be much of a stretch for you or our customers. Documents and videos are available which explain more detail on both the application’s function, and the policies surrounding its sale.
I recommend you start by reviewing the available SE documents wand also by viewing the video specifically intended for M1 Sales Reps and partners by following the link below:
A video overview for customers can be found here: http://www.managerhelp.buymitchell1.net/video/SE00/SE00.html
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