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09 March 2011: Largest Italian optical retail chain chooses Ocuco enterprise software

Ocuco announces a major deal with 500 store chain Salmoiraghi é Viganò, the largest in Italy.

In November, Ocuco successfully completed phase 1 of the project, rolling out its Acuitas Enterprise software across the 375 owned stores at rates of up to 36 stores per week over a 3 month period. Phase 2 of the project which encompasses the remaining 125 franchise and concession outlets is being planned, and is expected to be completed by June 2011.

Salmoiraghi é Viganò (S&V) began their IT selection process in 2009. They evaluated many software suppliers, both from the optical retail software vertical, like Ocuco, and from the generic EPOS software horizontal. "With the increasing complexity of IT systems it is more economical to co-outsource to a specialist company, leveraging their economies of learning and of scale. We underwent an extensive procurement process, and are very satisfied with the breadth of capabilities which Ocuco brought. Their products are robust, their infrastructure is well developed and their staff are very experienced." said Antonio Nicoletti, IT Director of Salmoiraghi é Viganò.

Ocuco's development and project management teams integrated with S&V's IT department to tailor the Acuitas Enterprise application for S&V's specific environment and plan the rollout campaign. The project was jointly managed. S&V IT managed the relationship with S&V Business (stores and Area Managers), user acceptance testing and integration of Acuitas with back-office systems, while Ocuco took responsibility for development, production of training material, logistics and the installation and training across Italy during the rollout.

According to Angelo Furlotti, CEO Ocuco Italia, "successfully delivering this project on time and within budget was made possible by the solid partnership developed between S&V and Ocuco in the planning, development and rollout phases of the project. User acceptance at the stores has been very positive, largely because the S&V IT team solicited input from the store users during the planning phase, with the system now automating many of their repetitive tasks, making their work more enjoyable and leaving more time for customer care. The commitment of store staff has been extraordinary through this period of organisational change."

"This is an extremely challenging project with very tight timelines. We are very proud to have been selected by Salmoiraghi é Vigano for this project." commented Leo MacCanna, CEO of the Ocuco group.

31st August 2010:Ocuco sells it pharmacy software division

Ocuco recently concluded the sale of its pharmacy management division to Touchstore limited, in a deal valued at over €1 million. The pharmacy management division is Inicio to its very successful ‘Integra’ suite of pharmacy management software products.

Ocuco’s revenues of €8.7m (2010) are derived primarily in the Ophthalmic software space, with over 90% generated internationally. Ocuco’s domestically-focused pharmacy management division is amongst its smaller divisions, so Ocuco has decided the time is right to give the pharmacy software division its own wings. “Although Integra’s revenue has almost doubled from 2009 to 2010, within Ocuco, Integra could not receive the focus required to capitalise on recent success and achieve the prominent market position it deserves. We have a long relationship with many of our pharmacy customers and I am happy that Integra is finding a good Inicio with Touchstore”, said Leo MacCanna, CEO of Ocuco.

29th October 2009: Ocuco ranked 11th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50

Ocuco was this week ranked 11th within the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Ocuco's 5 year growth rate to 2008 was 505.26%. Ocuco has been among the Top 50 consistently over the past 4 years since 2006.

Ocuco's CEO, Leo Mac Canna, attributes the company's revenue growth over the past five years to its innovation in the field of the professional practice management software and its expansion into optical retail chains in the UK, in continental Europe and in the USA.

"We are glad to be recognised among the most dynamic companies in Ireland. Our constant innovation is the engine that has given us this growth over the last few years, resulting in Ocuco putting clear blue water between us, as specialists in the Optical field, and the generic suppliers of POS systems," said Leo.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its tenth year in Ireland, ranks the fastest-growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Details of the final Technology Fast 50 ranking list are available to download at www.fast50.ie

4th March 2009: Vision Express extends contract with Ocuco to 2016.

Vision Express and Ocuco have signed a five year extension to their software and support contract. Ocuco's software, Acuitas Enterprise, was first installed across their 200 store estate in 2005 with a commitment to 2010. Since then VE has grown to over 300 stores, including 75 Batemans stores acquired last year. A key tool in the acquisition's integration, Acuitas was rolled out to them in four weeks last June.

Leo MacCanna, Chief Executive Officer for Ocuco said "We invested a lot in R&D to keep our customers and we are committed to keeping our product on the leading edge into the future. We look forward to renewing again in 2016.'

Acuitas is an enterprise retail system specifically developed for the optical market. It can cover the full patient journey out of the box without the need for the cost and delay of the extensive bespoke development required when implementing generic EPoS systems such as SAP retail, PCMS and Win/DSS. A new basic EPoS-only version is now available priced to compete directly against these generic EPoS systems, but with the option to add practice management, optometry, clinical and manufacturing modules.

The product is now in use in the UK, Spain, French and Italian markets due to be released by end of June 2009. The system caters for the various optometry models in Europe and the Americas.

Founded in 1993, Ocuco is the largest optical retail software company outside the US with $10m in revenues and 100 staff. It is on the Deloitte European fast 500 list, with installations in most countries across the globe. Ocuco has offices in Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the USA. The company will be exhibiting at Hall 11 Stand T-02 at MIDO.