October 19, 1998 |
Call the Domino's on South Street with an order for a large pepperoni pizza with olives and a chain reaction begins. Not only does a cook cover a disc of dough with tomato sauce, cheese and the toppings and slide it into the oven, but the shop operator has to reorder more of whatever it took to make that pizza from Domino's Jessup, Md., distribution center. Domino's Pizza Inc., the franchiser based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is increasingly relying on a small Fort Washington software firm to help it decide how much sausage, cheese, dough and pizza boxes its distribution centers should order from its suppliers.
September 17, 1987 |
Systems & Computer Technology Corp. says boldly that none of its competitors can match the features of its new Banner computer software for keeping university student records. "We think it'll set a new standard for institutions to judge software," said Susan Sheraton, senior director of software product marketing for the Malvern company, which provides software and computer-systems management for universities and government bodies. In announcing the Banner software on Tuesday, SCT said it had already signed its first purchaser, the 16-member West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing in Morgantown, W. Va. The announcement is one more indication that SCT may finally be seeing light at the end of a three-year-long tunnel, Rodney L. Everhart, vice president for finance and administration, said in an interview yesterday.
October 10, 1995 |
A Chester County enterprise that develops software for financial institutions has announced a $3.2 million expansion project expected to add 65 jobs in the next three years. Automated Financial Systems Inc. (AFS) and its affiliate, Littlewood, Shain & Co., plan to start construction next spring of a 35,000-square-foot building on 4.2 acres adjacent to their offices at 123 Summit Dr. AFS has developed software for such tasks as processing loan applications and accounting for loan payments.
July 29, 1988 |
Digital's newest software system won't turn you into a great novelist, but it could prevent you from sounding like a fool. The VAX Grammar Checker, billed as the world's first software to corrects documents that analyzes sentence structure, will spot those embarrassing little flaws that make you wince when you re-read old business correspondence. You know, the mistakes that wind up tacked to the bulletin board and circled in red, or highlighted in the company newsletter. The program, which costs about $200 and can be used only on Digital computer systems, was developed by linguistic experts at Houghton Mifflin, the publishing company.
May 27, 1996 |
Reality Online Inc. is a small software company with big plans for cashing in on the personal-finance revolution that is already sweeping the United States and, in Reality's vision, is soon to touch the rest of the world. Two parallel forces - the aging of the baby boomers and the proliferation of personal computers in homes - are merging, and the King of Prussia company believes this merger will translate into a powerful demand for its products. Those boomers are less concerned with buying the latest BMW and more concerned with their retirement and putting the children through college, said Douglas A. Alexander, Reality's president and chief executive officer.
June 16, 1997 |
If you own a personal computer and have access to the World Wide Web, you know how handy it is to research travel information, including fairly reliable data on airline fares. People already planning trips this way are part of what some forecasters say is a big growth business. Jupiter Communications, a New York market-research firm, estimates that the amount spent electronically for business and leisure travel worldwide will grow from $827 million this year to almost $9 billion in five years.
March 19, 2001 |
At first glance, a construction site and the Internet may not seem to have a lot in common. But from walkie-talkies to Web-enabled cellular phones, construction workers and managers use wireless technology on the job every day. That is why a small Montgomery County firm has targeted the construction industry for its software that links workers on-site to their companies' home offices. Software developed by Airput Inc., Norristown, allows construction managers to file employee time sheets and other information onto online databases using a cell phone.
January 25, 2001 |
GVOX Inc., which develops and sells instructional music software and provides online programs for music teachers, furloughed half of its 40 employees yesterday. Dan Werther, GVOX's chief strategy officer, said the 10-year-old company, based in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties section, was making a transition from developing music technology products to selling and marketing those it already has created. As a result, he said GVOX had placed on furlough those employees whose jobs were not central to the company's new focus.
May 11, 1989 |
Your plumber, your electrician and the guy who fixes your car's muffler could be power computer users. Or maybe they should be. Service Industry Accounting (IBM; $395) from Brown-Wagh Publishing is designed to handle the books for any company that provides a bid, estimate or quote prior to doing a job. That's one of many new and interesting software packages that have been released recently. Here are some others: BUSINESS. The entire Fortune 500 is on a disk called Fortune 500 Financials (IBM; $199)
November 22, 1989 |
Companies with large fleets of trucks - ranging from food manufacturers and delivery services to long-haul truckers - these days routinely buy the most fuel-efficient equipment available. More careful maintenance also is reducing operating costs. But another major expense, the deployment of trucks, has received far less attention. The problem is how traffic managers and truck drivers decide the most efficient routes to take or the best order in which to make multiple deliveries.