Increasingly the way to achieve this is via the internet using industry standard communication between software systems and hardware devices based on Service Orientated Architectures (SOA), leveraging Web Services and XML message protocols.
Greentree invested early to ensure we are enabled to support customers adopting this emerging platform for Interoperability and Mobility and our eXchange suite of software is the means by which we deliver this capability.
- Operate business units independently
- Business to Business interoperability
- Global view of inventory and financial position
- Industry standard Service Orientated Architecture (SOA)
- Automatically tracks changes and prepares messages in XML
- Ideal for high uptime POS environments
- Flexible message scheduling options
- Secure and accurate messaging
- Easily add new business units
- Support for business mobility
Business to Business interoperability
Greentree provides this interoperability framework as the key to consistent communication with "other" business systems, Greentree or others, including mobile devices deployed in the field or warehouse.
eXchange provides the core Web Services enabler to support the many capabilities required to interchange information and transactions between businesses and business agents operating on many different platforms. For example a small local company wanting to export goods to a large US company like Wal-Mart or trade with a local "large" company like Carter Holt Harvey or Bunnings, is increasingly being asked to interact electronically with these organisation’s business software. Bottom line; to be successful smaller companies need to play by the big company rules and maximise business opportunities. eXchange is designed as the platform to support this requirement.
Global view - distributed processing
Many customers operate business units in different geographic locations, and find it diffi cult to substantiate the high cost of communications to support all units being "online" or the communication line quality does not support this capability. They do however have the need to get full visibility of the state of play for inventory balances as well as customer and supplier financials position across all units and make sure this is as current as possible.
eXchange allows this to happen. By establishing Greentree systems at each location, these business units can operate independently yet still update each other with the effects of their trading so that inventory balances are visible, and customer and supplier credit positions are managed across the group.
Transparent and Automatic messaging
Once the network is established and common points of interest among inventory, customers and suppliers are established, then it's business as usual as eXchange automatically gathers up changes to the common items and prepares messages in XML to be sent via Web Services to registered interested Greentree systems. It likewise receives updates from those systems as changes are made so that balances are as current as the update frequency chosen by the customer.
Value for high up time environments
Point of Sale environments are usually highly dispersed and require maximum up time. eXchange is the solution for any point of sale business operating with remote stations. Sales transactions can be processed independently at a 'branch' level and then data can be transferred periodically to a nominated 'head office' database, which in turn communicates back to the source and other branches to ensure all systems are updated as required.
Flexible and Automated
eXchange provides flexible scheduling options to support business continuity as you can specify the time and frequency of communications best suited to your hours of business. The automatic nature of scheduling means there is no requirement for manual intervention, or 'having to remember' to send data, so your IT staff are free to focus on other tasks.
Whenever a shared master item such as a customer or inventory item file is updated, or a transaction is generated in relation to that item, Greentree eXchange automatically recognises the requirement to transfer data, generates the appropriate communication, and transfers to each nominated recipient at the scheduled time. All data transfers are logged and a user-friendly message system ensures appropriate users are automatically and immediately notified in the event of a communications error.
Data to be transferred between systems can be nominated specifically at a system level, so the transfer of redundant information is eliminated and communications process more efficiently. Each system in the eXchange network can maintain its own data independently of any other system.
Secure and Accurate
eXchange utilises secure protocols to ensure transmissions are secure and arrive safe and sound. As a result the accuracy and integrity of interchanged data is as high if the data was keyed directly into the receiving system ensuring total system integrity. Each node on the network can establish unique document numbering ranges to ensure that the source of a transaction can easily be determined when enquiring upon a customer or inventory item.
Time and cost savings in setup
Greentree systems linked via eXchange will often be running similar modules and share a common purpose, so system implementation and maintenance costs can be reduced. An eXchange publishing function allows you to set up master files in the main (eg. head office) system, then automatically publish these to branch systems as they are added to the eXchange network. Even if a new system is added later, eXchange automatically acknowledges this and generates a bulk send of relevant information to the new recipient system. This can result in significant time and cost savings as data entry is not duplicated.
- Industry standard
Communication based on Service Orientated Architectures (SOA), leveraging Web Services and XML message protocols.
eXchange automatically tracks changes and prepares messages in XML to be sent via Web Services to registered interested Greentree systems and likewise receives and applies updates from those systems ensuring balances are as current as the update frequency chosen by the customer.
- High up time environments
eXchange is the solution for any point of sale business operating with remote stations.
- Flexible message scheduling options
To support business continuity as you can specify the time and frequency of communications best suited to your hours of business. The automatic nature of scheduling means there is no requirement for manual intervention.
- Secure and accurate
eXchange utilises secure protocols to ensure transmissions are secure and arrive safely. Integrity of interchanged data is as high if the data was keyed directly.
- Time and cost savings in setup
eXchange's publishing function allows you to set up master files in the head office system, then automatically publish these to branch systems as they are added to the eXchange network.
- Business mobility
eXchange provides the interoperability framework for consistent communication with mobile devices and in doing so enables the capability to deploy strategic Greentree functions to mobile workers using PC's or PDA's.