In a market set to flourish during 1999, fledgling Sydney-based software developer Blue Tongue Technology has been given an important stamp of approval for its Digi-Till retail point-of-sale software.
The organisation recently triumphed over a field of more than 100 nominations to win the 1998 Business Software Award from Channel Nine's Small Business Show. The win earns Blue Tongue the right to exhibit Digi-Till at CeBit, Europe's biggest computer show.
With the dreaded Y2K deadline looming and a GST imminent, new retail POS systems will be in big demand over the next 12 months. With Datatech now handling Digi-Till's distribution, the award enhances Blue Tongue's reputation as a developer sitting pretty with a bullet next to its name.
Many POS systems currently in use were designed for and are still running on DOS-based 386 and 486 systems, according to Tom Quealy, director of Blue Tongue Technology.
"A lot of the major players in the POS market have packed up and gone home because their software was written 10 years ago and nobody has touched it since," said Quealy. "For a lot of retailers there is no longer any local point of contact to have the systems they are using upgraded for a new tax system and for Y2K compliance."