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January 25, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

GFK Technology Ltd, the Dublin-based subsidiary of office equipment distributor Sharp Text Ltd, is to release an add-on enhancement software package for users of accounting packages on MS-DOS micros – particularly retailers – in the next few weeks. Called Scope, the software is installed by typing the program onto a hard or floppy disk using a 43 page manual. The program is then memory-resident, commandeering 64Kb of memory, and is ready for use. It enables the user to operate one application, such as word processing, and then, without leaving that application, access the accounting package through a pop-up menu with a single key stroke. Once the user is in the accounting package, Scope offers access to data via company or product names, without the need for a knowledge of account or stock codes. The enhancement thus saves time, and is intended for use in a point-of-sale terminal. The program can be configured to disable options on the menu in an effort to prevent breaches of security, and there is a special disablement facility to stop accessing of cost prices. In Ireland, the five-year old company already has a user-base of 400 for the product which was launched there a few months ago. This Irish market runs the package on GFK’s proprietary accounting software Take 5. In a bid to break into the UK market, however, GFK is promoting Scope as a generic product that can, for example, run on Sage and MAP accounting software, companies which, together, have a UK user base of approximately 78,000. A Pegasus version of the product is to follow shortly. Scope retails for UKP100, and will be distributed by Gem, Greyhound Marketing, Centresoft, and Paperback Software, who, between them, have already bought 500 units in the past month.

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