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May 23, 2013

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Taking eStock: App lets businesses track inventory via phone

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There’s plenty of opportunity to grow the database, Babu said. If someone scans in an item that isn’t already included in the database, the individual can manually input the specifics of the product and that information will be automatically available to app users going forward.

Testing for the app took place both at Dylan’s and at a Sheraton hotel in India, Babu said. And although the app is only recently launched, it’s already being used globally.

While the app was originally created with bars and taverns in mind, Babu said he envisions it helping other businesses as well. He said hair salons could be a natural for the app to assist them in ordering supplies and retail products.

“In the storefront, they have all these things with bar codes and, in the back, they have all their shampoos,” said Babu of a salon in downtown Andover that he sees as a prime candidate for the app.

Babu, who lives in Andover with his wife, Sharon, drew on his experience with the Defense Department in creating an app that he says is easy to use. While he can’t disclose the work he did with the federal agency, he said a critical internal aspect to its software engineering is that all programs and utilities must be intuitive enough to be used by an eighth-grader.

Petrovich attested to its ease of use, adding that if he could master it, “anyone can.”

“I’m not an iPhone person. I have one and use it as a phone,” Petrovich said. “I’m a paper guy, but this is the new century of doing work. It was exciting to get into the next step down the road of communication.”

The Taverntory app sells for $99.99 on the iPhone’s built-in application and music market. Babu said the price is considerably less than others on the market, including $900 and $1,500 options.

Babu said it’s becoming such a preferred alternative that larger companies and chain businesses have reached out to him for licenses.

“I never thought that bigger companies would be interested, because this was designed for a mom-and-pop kind of thing,” Babu said.

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