It started off as an accounting software reseller in Christchurch, but three and a half years ago IT Link moved into developing applications for mobile devices and it hasn't looked back since.
IT Link is the developer of SalesLink Mobile, a mobile invoicing application and general sales force automation tool. Yesterday Australian distributor 4it held a SalesLink roadshow in Sydney designed to bring resellers up to speed on what mobile applications are coming down the pipeline.
The SalesLink application is designed to allow salespeople to enter orders, credits and invoices electronically using a range of personal digital assistants (PDAs) or a Symbol handheld device with laser barcode scanner. Orders can be entered complete with authorisation signature on the pen-based handheld computer, and if required a tax invoice can be printed using a portable printer.
The SalesLink Mobile Server acts as the central hub of communication between head office and the mobile workforce. In the past, mobile staff would have to come back to the office to sync their PDAs with their general accounting software. Now SalesLink Server can use wireless connectivity including Bluetooth, 802.11 and CDMA/GPRS standards to receive and process new transactions and update handheld devices with the latest stock and customer information over the Internet.
The application interfaces with 16 accounting packages, including Exonet6, Scala, J.D. Edwards, ACCPAC, Profax and others. The server can handle up to 40 device connections simultaneously and scales to 200 users.
According to Oliver Huggins, IT Link's manager, a key feature of SalesLink is its ability to handle data compression, enabling thousands of stock, customer and transaction records to be transferred to the mobile device quickly and securely.
SalesLink Mobile costs around $2,150 per server and $900 per PDA client software. Nokia and BrightPoint also distribute SalesLink Mobile.