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Enterprise ArchitectureComputerLogic's enterprise architecture provides the blueprint technology for immediate product development and deployment - and paints a long-term picture of highly interconnected ComputerLogic and customer systems. ComputerLogic enterprise architecture guides software development and technology implementation across our entire product spectrum.
ComputerLogic's technology infrastructure forms the foundation of the enterprise architecture. The cornerstone of this architectural foundation is XchangeLogic, which provides document queuing, processing, and tracking functions for other ComputerLogic products and customers. Support for specific business areas is provided by dedicated business servers. For example, the PMCLogic business server manages costing templates and product catalogs for PMCLogic (paint & material costing). XchangeLogic and the business servers access a common data store for online transactional processing and data warehouse for historical reporting.
The business servers use XML Web Services to communicate with ComputerLogic's web application servers. The web application servers enable customers to access ComputerLogic technology via the Internet with a standard Internet browser. For example, PMCLogic's web server enables repair shops to upload and download templates. SupplyLogic's web server enables suppliers to enable and disable users or to track orders.
Business servers also provide another value resource to the outside world: ComputerLogic customers may use public web services to integrate functionality into their own web and legacy applications. For example, a paint supplier may want to use ComputerLogic's web service for formula retrieval. This service can be embedded into the supplier's private web site. When the supplier's customer looks up a formula, the supplier's web site requests this information from ComputerLogic. The information is served to the supplier, who displays it for the customer.
The power of expanded Internet bandwidth promises improved wireless applications and richer user experiences. Customers need wireless solutions today to support business applications like order replenish and inventory management. ComputerLogic's technology can leverage today's wireless networks to meet these needs. SupplyLogic, for example, uses "push/pull" technology to send orders over the Internet. However, if wireless capability is not available, orders can be queued for transmission later. Alternatively, the wireless device may be docked.
In addition to wirelessly connected or docked mobile devices, the enterprise architecture supports personal computer platforms and their associated desktop applications. Desktop applications encompass the overwhelming majority of installations, both with and without Internet access.
All ComputerLogic desktop applications, such as MixLogic, SupplyLogic, and PMCLogic, work independently of the Internet so that persistent Internet connectivity is not a requirement. Cable modems and other broadband access are growing in the marketplace and these products use the Internet to push and pull information when connectivity is available.
Integration and collaboration with customers is integral to the business strategy and enterprise architecture. Customers have a single point of access to all ComputerLogic's web applications through the Internet and their browser. Additionally, customers may link to their hosting facilities via a browser to access ComputerLogic web applications that have been integrated into their corporate applications using XML Web Services.
Many customers are implementing supply chain management systems and need ComputerLogic to reach the "last mile" to their customers. The combination of XML Web Services and ComputerLogic's product presence on the desktop and on handhelds gives these customers end-to-end connectivity with their customers.
ComputerLogic's XchangeLogic technology has over 100 predefined interfaces for leading CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems. For example, if a customer has SAP and wishes to receive electronic orders, SupplyLogic can send this information through XchangeLogic to SAP with complete transaction monitoring and tracking along the way.
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