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  • Hi John,

    Some POS software packages, in particular those targeted at the higher end where multiple registers are in use, employ redundant databases.  Some have 3 levels--a db on the terminal, a db on the office computer at the location, and a db at a centralized office if it is a multi store location.  When the network is down, they can ring sales independently, and when it is back online, they synchronize all sales since then.  Most smaller systems don't have any of that.

    Your description of a virtual lab sounds like hosted software demos, which could certainly save people from loading a ton of sketchy demos on their own computer.   

    But I'm not following how you are tying this together.  Were you looking at providing a central db for the smaller systems? Or finding leads with an easy demo site?

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    jgbreeden wrote:

    Your description of a virtual lab sounds like hosted software demos, which could certainly save people from loading a ton of sketchy demos on their own computer.   

    No my main motivation is validating their ability to trade electronically with us.  If the vendor wants to also use the environment to demo their software with potential customers, that's fine with me.

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    jgbreeden wrote:

    But I'm not following how you are tying this together.  Were you looking at providing a central db for the smaller systems? Or finding leads with an easy demo site?

    It would be nice to have a majority of my customers on POS software that we've pre-validated to easily trade electronically with us.  And to be software platforms which actually add value to the retail experience.  And be software platforms which lend themselves to hosting if that brings value to the retailer too.

    I don't think we should actually do the hosting, but recommend a hosting partner so our customers don't have to worry about us accessing their data.

     

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  • There are a few hosted POS programs, but the vast majority are desktop.  POS, more than most business apps, requires hardware interaction and a local db.

    POS software is a very fragmented industry.  Are your retailers in a niche market, or more like general convenience stores?  Do you have a lot that do not yet have any POS system?

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    jgbreeden wrote:

    POS software is a very fragmented industry.  Are your retailers in a niche market, or more like general convenience stores?  Do you have a lot that do not yet have any POS system?

    Pet stores.  And we have quite a few inquiries from new customers.  And relationships with existing customers who don't have good POS software.  Or POS software which can send electronic purchase orders.

     

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    jgbreeden wrote:

    There are a few hosted POS programs, but the vast majority are desktop.  POS, more than most business apps, requires hardware interaction and a local db.

    Oh I understand that the local register needs access to a local DB.  That's why I was wondering if there were multi-tier programs out there.

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