Public web sites provide a great way to communicate with the outside world, but the same technology can also provide a flexible, cost-effective platform for office automation and enterprise systems. When the people who need access to the system are not located at a single workplace, the web can provide a universally accessible and affordable platform for virtually any kind of information system.
With web-based information systems, any person you authorize can participate in the operations of your business, virtually where-ever they are. In-field sales forces can generate estimates, place and track orders, and verify inventory. Telecommuters can access office resources, receive supervision, and report their progress. Virtual corporations can bring their people together to collaborate and work as a team regardless of where they are located.
Servers can be extended to access virtually any of your organization's information resources, including relational databases, file servers, document management systems and fax servers.
· Internet protocols, such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) allow such systems to operate with security and efficiency.
The current generation of browsers gives us a variety of options to choose from, including Dynamic HTML, Java, and ActiveX, to design user interfaces as sophisticated and easy to use as would be possible with any traditional development platform.
These browsers also enable a single development effort to support access by users running any popular operating system, including Windows 3.1, 95, 98 or NT, even Macintosh or Unix.
New features in Microsoft's Visual Basic and Visual InterDev programming tools have been tailored specifically towards developing web-based systems. This means that the development costs are low and maintenance is low-risk, because the system can be built using skills that are readily available.
4th Dimension is used to create customised systems and programs, wether it is needed to be accessed over the internet or used on an intranet. This means that development is based on specialised requirements to meet the needs of the customer.
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nbm is specializing in the design and development of web-based information systems. If you would like to discuss the ways in which we can help your organization, give us a call. You will be amazed at how powerful, flexible and inexpensive this approach can be.