IBM Retail Store Solutions

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IBM Retail Store Solutions was a division of IBM in the retail market segment. It had been in business for 30 years and had thousands of sales, technical and services professionals focused on all retail segments.[1] It had several lines of product, both hardware and software. Hardware products include IBM SurePOS 700 point-of-sale systems or printers. There were software products which are under its portfolio such as IBM 4690, IRES (IBM Retail Environment for SUSE LINUX), Lotus Expeditor, Lotus Expeditor Integrator, IBM Store Integrator, IBM Store Integrator Graphic User Interface.[2] IBM won awards such as 2008 Point of Sale Green Excellence of the Year award.[3] Among its notable product achievements, IBM RSS was responsible for the creation of software such as the 4690 software, IRES.[4] and POSS for DOS.

On 17 April 2012, IBM announced a definitive agreement under which Toshiba TEC acquired IBM's Retail Store Solutions business.[5]

IBM 4690 OS[edit]

Main article: IBM 4690 OS

IBM IRES[edit]

IBM IRES (IBM Retail Environment for SUSE LINUX)[6] offers proven retail functions such as those provided by IBM's 4690 features, such as Server-based POS loading and booting, Industry standard system-wide configuration and change management, Automatic problem determination with single-step dump button support, Combined server/terminal support, Client preload GUI and Remote Management Agent for systems management support.

IBM IRES is used with 360Commerce. 360Commerce was recognized for partnership excellence via the 2005 PartnerWorld Beacon Award[7] for IRES Solutions.

IBM IRES is also used with Triversity's Transactionware Enterprise[8] and, for retail, it is the first Java POS solution designed from the ground up to harness the power of J2EE.

IRES has an IBM IRES Sales Mastery[9] course and exam which still can be found online.

It is one of the platforms that supports WebSphere MQ.[10] platform as part of the IBM Store Integration Framework.[11]

IBM POSS for DOS[edit]

This is a key piece of legacy software that works well with IBM PC DOS and that enables many IBM customer's from the 1980s. The latest publicly supported version is 2.2.0.[12]