July 2017, and Simple PoS for Windows 10 has been released!
Valley Software are very excited to see our latest and most ambitious project to date released into the wild. Simple PoS is now active and available in the Store for Windows 10 Devices.
We’re scaling up slowly, with this first “soft” release and no advertising for a couple of weeks.
But we do have a secret: from now until the end of August it is discounted by 50% off all subscriptions! So there is never been a better time to take a no-obligation, no-signup free trial of Simple PoS.
I got what I thought was an excellent question on Reddit the other day and thought I’d post my reply here too. Rather than tidy up my answer (which seems unfair) any this is exactly as it is on Reddit.
“Why can’t it use a local database that is synchronized to my own cloud?”
And my answer:
Great question! There are a couple of points to this;
Firstly; Simple PoS does indeed use a local cache database on the device; this allows for use in offline situations and also makes the whole application faster and more responsive than a cloud only based system. Being local only would on the flip side not allow multiple devices without more difficult setup. which brings us to:
Secondly; Simplicity. Micro and small businesses don’t necessarily have the kind of IT resources to setup their own databases, be they local or Cloud based. Everything about Simple PoS is aimed at simplicity from the initial single click install and setup to the Store IAP purchase which removes any external or separate sign up process (it’s as easy as buying “coins” in a game).
Finally; performance. The other main competing option from using Azure style cloud services on Mobile devices (tablets, phones or laptops) is something like a SQLite database which sync’s with another database in OneDrive or something like that.
While this method works, it is not performant for high throughput applications on multiple concurrent devices. The way around this would be to have infrequent syncs (say; daily) but then you have not got access to live data where ever you are and also it leaves many opportunities for data loss if anything happens between sync’s, which I find simply unacceptable in a Point of Sale application.
As a final note; Simple PoS did have a first iteration where it was a single device system using a local DB only. When we started cleaning the idea out it seemed limiting and also didn’t offer the kind of compelling business case that I wanted. Im not saying that it’ll be for everyone, nothing is. Some will want all local, some will want multi users, some will be against cloud, some for. Choice is Good!
From what we saw in the market we wanted available anywhere, multiple user access which was so simple that anyone can do it. So that’s the direction we took Simple PoS.
Edit; missed one! Azure and similar cloud services allow true cross platform. If we take Simple PoS to Android and iOS, Azure can do this with zero fuss. OneDrive and other personal file storage options this is not so easy. Plus it requires everyone who might use the system to have access to your OneDrive file storage (eek!)
It’s a scary moment; the day you let your baby into the world.
Software is more that 1s and 0s. You put a lot of time, effort, emotion and really life into it.
When you release it, even in a beta test, you feel like you are putting something of yourself on the line for criticism. And that’s ok (that’s where improvement comes from!) but it remains a scary and deeply personal event,
One way or the other; we will know in the next few days what is good, what needs improvement and what the end release timing should be.
Forward; the only way.
We may not have hit the target of release by the end of June, but we have got there in spirit at least.
Simple PoS is, as of the 30th June 2017, feature complete!
What does that mean? That means that all the Version 1 scope of functionality (yes, there are plans for even more value in Version 1.1!) has been built and tested. Majority of the bugs ironed out and User Interface is matching the spec.
So, why no release? Well; there will be further pressure testing, some minor tweaks and also the Help Files are now in progress. When Simple PoS is released we intend to have a series of getting started videos which will get added to over time with helpful tutorials as requested.
If it’s worth doing; it’s worth doing well.
Help files and marketing screen shots require the finished application so these had to wait until last.
So, we are near the finish line now! I can’t wait to release in the next few weeks on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 S.