Hi Dan the great thing about using your AS/400 for the Internet is that it comes with all the things you need to get on line for free. If you want to build an order enquiry process look at Net.Data is the now for getting solutions up and running if you want visit http://www.ignite400.org to see lots of examples of the sorts of things it can do. You also have the option of looking at servlets and Websphere with which to build your interfaces again samples are at the site of what it can do. If you get your 150 up to V430 you also get the best available webserver for free IBM's HTTP server built into the OS/400 as 5769DG1. If you are looking to build an order entry system you may also want to consider taking a look at Net.Commerce (not free but not expensive) depending on what you sell and then interface that back into your existing applications. Its now a very good product and gives you the ability to provide an online store for either Business to Business or Business to Consumer processing. Thanks Bleddyn http://www.ignite400.org/ your AS/400 Internet/Intranet questions answered. -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Dan Thomas Sent: Friday, March 12, 1999 05:25 To: 'email@example.com'; 'JBAUSERS-L@midrange.com' Subject: E-Commerce We are interested in giving existing customers the ability to order products and check on order / shipment status via the Internet. I would expect our volume to initially be about 25 new orders per day and 50 order inquiries (this is a small percent of our total volume). I have a feeling many of our customers will prefer to place their order via the telephone but would use the system for order inquiries. We are running JBA V3.5.0 on our AS/400 620 V4R2 along with multiple NT servers on our LAN / WAN. We also have a AS/400 150 V4R2 which is currently not being used. Our network is already connected to the Internet with a firewall. I don't consider any of the JBA screens to be user friendly enough for the casual user, nor would they have any logic for restricting customers to only seeing information pertaining to them, so I don't think 5250 emulation or GUI'd/Java screen scraper version of existing screens would be of much value. For order entry, I would envision using a separate Internet Order Entry application that we would feed into our system as if it had been received as an ANSI X.12 850 Purchase Order (phase 1) and phase 2 load the orders online with immediate inventory allocation, credit checking, etc. Ability to handle credit cards would be a real plus. Obviously this application would have to receive downloaded items/prices from our JBA system. For order / shipment status inquiries I would prefer to have an application developed that would access our JBA files online. An option would be to download this information on some schedule to another application/server if there was a good package available already for order status inquiries. We are in the exploratory stage. We don't have much inhouse expertise with E-Commerce and I'm considering hiring someone to handle that for us. Any suggestions for tools and packages to help us attain our goals? TIA. Dan Thomas Sr. VP Information Systems Medical Distribution, Inc. 4500 Progress Blvd Louisville, KY 40218-5058 Phone (502) 454-9013 ext 120 email DThomas@lpw-mdi.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +--- +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---
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