Cloud based roster software for small business moves to beta release

rostercloudTower Systems is thrilled that its new stand-alone cloud based roster software is performing well in first-round beta release. This entirely new product is a welcome addition to the cloud based solutions tower Systems has already delivered. It extends the reach of the company and shows off facilities and flexibility that is cutting edge.

The limited beta release will continue as we settle the the software into the retail businesses currently using it. This is our usual approach with new software – walking slowly through the launch phase to ensure we have useful and stable software prior to wide release.

Being cloud based and offered on subscription only, this new software provides to retailers flexibility of access as well as expense.

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Small retailer POS software users love transparency on software enhancement suggestions

software-ideasMany small business retailers using the POS software from Tower Systems actively engage in suggesting enhancements for the software and many of these suggestions make their way into the software.

Retailers regularly thank Tower for the opportunity to publicly make suggestions and for the transparency of voting by and feedback from others about the suggested enhancements. Indeed, the level of transparency Tower Systems has offered in this area for years now is rare. Some claim user engagement but it is hard to find another software company living the transparency claim like Tower.

The real test of the exclusive Software Ideas facility from tower Systems is the enhancements that make their way into the software. Hundreds of enhancements including new facilities, large and small, exist in the software today thanks to user engagement in making suggestions and voting on these suggestions. It is proving to be a valuable process for tower Systems and its retail business customers.

It is a measure of the company’s confidence that the facility is promoted on its website home page and that the list can be accessed by anyone including competitors.

Software Ideas is managed by a senior member of the software development management team within the company and the overall Tower leadership team makes final decisions about ideas it embraces. All ideas receive feedback from the company.

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Helping retailers understand their Christmas business performance

Tower Systems offers retailers using its POS software a business performance analysis service whereby we analyse business sales and other data and provide a fresh-eyes assessment on the performance of the business.

The service is free to Tower AdvantageTM customers and involves a thorough year on year comparison of business performance.

Christmas is an ideal time for such an assessment since it’s the busiest time of the year, the time a business should be at its best. The higher volume of trade through Christmas enables an even more meaningful assessment of business performance.

Many retailers have appreciated this free service and taken on opportunities to change their businesses as a result.

Tower Systems is proud to offer this and other non-traditional POS software support services to its customers.

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C-Store group chooses Tower

A convenience store group with 150 locations has just selected Tower Systems as an IT supplier for its retail outlets.

Tower Systems Point of Sale software will go into more convenience store locations and further strengthen our position in this marketplace as a result of this new deal.

The synergy between convenience store and our newsagency marketplace is considerable and each will benefit from our work with the other.

We are grateful for the opportunity to help another group strengthen the independent businesses which make up their network.

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A week of interviews

I was interviewed yesterday for a business magazine feature on our software. This was the third interview of the week, each involving different aspects of our business. Two were for trade journals and one for a business magazine. The business magazine interview was the most interesting since the journalist came to the interview with a view which was contradicted during the interview.

Interviews are an excellent opportunity to check in with what you really think – beyond the politically correct or corporately focused answers, it is good to be challenged and to have to dig deep inside to speak to a vision for the future of your business and the markets in which you operate. The business journalist and I had a good chat about politicians and how they manipulate interviews – this was a preamble to his interview of me. Damn, he didn’t let me get away with anything!

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Founders At Work

founders.JPGJessica Livingston has written an excellent book based around interviews with founders of famous technology companies. Founders At Work documents what happened in the very earliest days. It takes us back to the challenges of startup life in an accessible way. Every company story has learning – certainly I found that to be the case.

For those of us who have been in our IT businesses long enough the interviews are fascinating because we recall being around at the time and watching companies like Apple grow from nothing.

Some interviews are personally revealing and wonderfully motivating. Reading the decisions people made and why they made them will help any business owner and especially tech startup owners.

Founders At Work is not your traditional business book in that it is primarily stories from tech people – in their own words. No froth and bubble. No rev-up motivation.

I highly recommend this book.

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