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Glyn Roberts

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Glyn graduated from the S.A. Institute of Technology (now the University of SA) with a Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Engineering in 1975 (yes, he's an old codger). He worked initially for Australasian Training Aids in Albury NSW as an electronic engineer in their quality control department, testing their computerised sneaker range target systems designed for police and military training. He left that position to come back to South Australia and worked for several computer companies both as a hardware and also software engineer. The last of these was Index Computers.

Glyn was also a Skydiving Instructor and taught Skydiving using the Accelerated Freefall (AFF) method at the Skydive Adelaide at Strathalbyn and the SA Sport Parachute Club Inc at Lower Light.

Before GO Software

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MAI/Basic-4 computer
MAI/Basic-4 computer
as used at The Adelaide Steamship Company Limited

Glyn's early foray into the computer industry was working as a computer hardware engineer for a number of mini-computer based "key-to-disk" system distributors. Unfortunately this was the end of the computer punch-card and key-to-disk systems era and, one by one, the companies went into liquidation. Then he started working for Index Computers (a Perth based company) who distributed the MAI/Basic-4 range of minicomputer systems along with business accounting software to run on them. At this stage Glyn was both working as a computer hardware engineer and also modifying and developing the accounting software including debtors, creditors, general ledger, inventory management and sales analysis. At this time Glyn developed his first payroll system as the payroll system that was supplied by MAI/Basic-4 was suitable for it's US market but totally useless in Australia. This software (including the in-house payroll software) was sold to Adelaide companies such as The Adelaide Steamship Company Limited, Sellers Atkins, Tecalemit, Castalloy, Minuzzo Brothers Builders, North East Timbers, Able-Lemon and quite a few others.

The Birth of GO Software

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GO Software Pty Limited was started by and owned by Glyn Roberts over 20 years ago. Glyn was working for another company (Index Computers) as a software developer and hardware engineer and the fortunes of that company took a turn for the worse when the company lost their agency for the MAI/Basic Four minicomputer systems. Around that time Glyn was retrenched as a permanent employee but was retained as a software sub-contractor (trading under the business name of GO Software) to complete some outstanding software development work. Glyn thought that he'd keep working that way until the work ran out and he then he'd go and get a "real job". Fortunately the work didn't ever run out!

Glyn also became a sub-contractor for Qantel Business Systems and for Adler Business Systems (later to become Triumph/Adler and then later to be merged with the Olivetti group).

Qantel desktop computer
Qantel desktop computer
as used at the Army Rapier Missile Facility

Rapier Missile System

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While working for Qantel GO Software developed some configuration management software for the Australian Army to help them keep track of the current status of their Rapier Missile Systems. This software was developed in Qantel's QicBasic programming language to run on their mini-computer systems. Later this software was totally redeveloped for the Army to run on a PC computer network using Advanced Revelation (a PC version of Pick).

Home Nursing Software

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While contracting to Qantel, GO Software developed the home nursing visit scheduling and analysis software for the Royal District Nursing Service of SA. Later that software was redeveloped in MS Visual Basic V3 and installed on a PC network for the Hills Mallee District Nursing Service.

Hospital PMI-ATS Software

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Also, while contracting to Qantel, a basic hospital Patient Debtors system was developed for Calvary Private Hospital in Adelaide. Later, when the South Australian Health Commission wanted to install patient management software for their small country hospitals GO Software developed version one of their pmi-ATS software (Patient Master Index with Admissions, Transfers and Separations). This was successfully installed into Murray Bridge Hospital. Unfortunately, although our software was judged the best available for the small country hospitals at the time, we lost the tender to another supplier based on price.

Later, when the S.A. Health Commission wanted to update their patient management software in the large country public hospitals Qantel and GO Software were successful and version two of our Hospital pmi-ATS software was developed and installed into

In addition the software was also installed into the

The pmi-ATS software has been redeveloped in Microsoft Visual Basic V3 to run on a PC based network and is currently in use in several of our hospital customers to provide backup inquiries into historical data side by side with their current live systems.

Payroll Software

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During the development of the Hospital systems GO Software also developed flexible payroll software designed to be able to cope with the complex payroll requirements of public hospitals. This software also ran on the Qantel minicomputers and was installed into all of our hospital customers as well as the

About this time we also entered into an agreement with another Sydney based company (DDP Media Pty Ltd) who provided management software to newspapers, television and radio stations based on the Qantel mini-computer systems. Through DDP Media we also installed our payroll software into

Our payroll was also redeveloped using Microsoft Visual basic V3 and then later VB6 to run under the windows operating system on PC networks. The PC version incorporates all of the flexible features of the Qantel based system plus additional functions and speed.

IBM 5120 computer
IBM 5120 computer
as used in our medical practice software

IBM 5110/5120 software

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Index Computers and GO Software also developed the MEDACS Medical Practice Management software for medium sized doctor's practices around this time. It was initially developed in the BPL language on a Zilog Z80 based development system and later reprogrammed on an IBM 5110 (and IBM 5120) computer system which was a forerunner of the IBM PC (which is an IBM 5150). This system was deployed in a number of Doctor's practices and later Dental practices but it's acceptance was limited by the price of the PC computer which at that time was around the $20,000 mark.

Alphatronic computer
Adler Alphatronic computer
as used in our costing software

PC Based software

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During the same time as the Qantel development work, GO Software was also working as a contractor for Adler developing software for their CP/M based micro-computers (the fore-runners of today's PCs). We developed standard accounting packages at that time for the Adler machines including

This software was all later converted to run under MS-DOS on IBM compatible PC hardware. Now it has all been redeveloped to run under the Windows operating system on today's modern PC networks.

Rent Master and Ausbroker

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Rent Master is windows based property management software which was originally developed in Microsoft interpreted BASIC based on our original Adler and then MS-DOS based Property Management software. It has been around for five years now and is widely installed in South Australian Real Estate Agents.

Ausbroker was originally written for 386 based PC hardware in the Dataflex and later Powerflex programming languages. Dataflex is a programming language which is common on Unix based minicomputers while Powerflex is an Australian produced PC "clone" of Dataflex. Ausbroker for Windows has been developed from the Dataflex version and contains many more features. It has been around for five years now and is widely installed in South Australian Conveyancing Offices.

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