We process orders (from all sources) in batch as many times a day as we need
to, so we do have an opportunity to massage the data. On line orders come
in as ASCII flat files. The mail order business tends to lend itself to
this approach since physically filling orders is kind of a batch process
anyway. During December we took orders through 12/22 for Christmas Eve
delivery, so it worked fairly well.
I'm sure that doing it all in real time could be a real adventure, and we're
going to be finding more about that this year when we try to synch up our
web site more closely with production data.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stone, Brad V (TC) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 11:26 AM
> To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
> Subject: RE: E-commerce Architecture
> While I agree with you while we speak of pure AS/400
> deployment, I don't
> agree with the original question since the outsourcing will
> no doubt take
> place on a PC with an SQL DB running cold fusion. There is
> no easy way to
> integrate that.
> Which is why I suggest sticking with the things that you are
> familiar with,
> and learning what else the AS/400 can do for you (ie web serving).
> I have too many examples of projects that went bad to believe
> anything else.
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