There are a bazillion ways to do 'e-commerce'.  Look at it like you would 
any traditional IS project.  Define your requirements and go from there. 
Your requirements may be:
Improve customer service and reduce internal customer service costs by
- allowing our customers to perform the bulk of the inquiries requested
- allow our customers to place orders on line
- start EDI
- create ftp site for the exchange of product specifications
Reduce material shortages and improve vendor relationships by
- use of EDI
- use of vendor managed inventory
- create ftp site for the exchange of product specifications
So on and so forth...
Must interface with our existing ERP package from ...
Is occasional downtime permitted?  If not, do you need a H/A solution, or 
do you want to replicate data to a different box hosting your website?  Is 
replicated data ok, or will only up-to-the-second data do?

Once you get your specifications roughly done maybe take a demo or two. 
Refine your specifications.  Frankly, looking at some of the demo's may 
open your eyes as to what e-commerce can do for you.  Then when you get 
that done, redo your specifications.  Post the specifications on the 
consulting list hosted by this site.  Get those bids.  Also you may want 
to listen to the siren's song as to how your internal staff can develop 
this in two days on your existing hardware just by purchasing vendor XYZ's 
tool that you saw in any of the popular midrange magazines.

I'd like to find our more about your business.  We have some lighting 
divisions also.  Don't believe we currently handle stage lighting.

Rob Berendt
Group Dekko Services, LLC
Dept 01.073
PO Box 2000
Dock 108
6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755

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I want to say thanks for the help I've received in the past from this list
it's been greatly appreciated. Now for my new question...

"Believe it or not" our company does not do e-commerce at this point in
time. We have an option of purchasing an integrated e-commerce module for
our iseries from our current software supplier, Vormitagg Associates Inc.
(VAI) but before making the purchasing decision we need to compare it to
something else. Any recommendations?


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