Over 30 years ago, Tony Pitale with the help of his wife Anne founded Innovative Computer Solutions (ICS) with the goal of building a better Point-of-Sale (POS) software solution for the wine and spirits retail industry. This venture has given our industry Vision POS, one of the most commonly installed POS systems throughout the United States used by small boutique shops and large multi-location business alike. The software has evolved over decades and constantly adapted as technology has transformed our lives.
This April, Tony and Anne have sold ICS to Jonas Software, a Canadian-based software company that has an umbrella of other POS software vendors that handle other industries (restaurants, education, etc). For Jonas Software, this is an exciting opportunity for them to acquire a company with a very strong presence in the wine and spirits retail industry. For Tony and Anne, it means they can look forward to a very well-deserved retirement.
Businesses using Vision POS today will be happy to learn that the acquisition will not have any impact on their service. As with their previous acquisitions, Jonas Software intends to have ICS continue to operate as is. And although it’s hard to imagine someone else filling in Tony’s shoes, stores will feel confident seeing a familiar face take the reins--Jim McMillan, a key member of the ICS management team for nearly 20 years.
The BevSites staff wishes Tony and Anne a happy, relaxing retirement! And to say “thank you”, for the indelible impact they have made on how technology is used in the wine and spirits retail industry.