SVP, Corporate Communications
New technologies allow seamless data exchange without data reentry
Redwood Shores, CA. November 27, 2001—Oracle Corp., the largest provider of software for e–business, today announced new integration technologies that make it easy for small and mid-size application developers to increase the value of their portfolios by integrating with the Oracle® Small Business Suite, which is powered by NetLedger. These new development tools include smbXML, an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based integration technology that enables developers to seamlessly exchange business information with the Oracle Small Business Suite. New capabilities also are being unveiled for Single Sign-on technology, Server-to-Server Integration and a Web Store Developer Kit.
Integration Improves Business Efficiencies
By using integrated applications, small businesses can save time and money by eliminating the need to manually integrate separate islands of information. smbXML can be used to link complementary applications together, enabling businesses to significantly increase their efficiency by streamlining their business processes around one common and centralised Oracle database.
In addition to smbXML, Single Sign-on is a secure patent-pending technology to manage the authentication of users moving between Web-based applications without the need to enter multiple passwords. Server-to-Server Integration allows for real time data exchange between Web-based applications, eliminating the need to periodically upload the information. The Web Store Developer Kit (WSDK) allows a business to utilise their existing custom Web Store or Web Site and incorporate the Oracle Small Business Suite for integrated e-commerce and accounting functionality.
Another key enhancement to the Oracle Small Business Suite is Advanced Shipping and Receiving. Designed for companies that have a separate person or department that handles shipping and receiving, Advanced Shipping and Receiving enables a company to set up a special “warehouse employee” role, allowing them to process all shipments and receipts without maintaining separate shipping and receiving software. The shipping clerk can look at open sales orders, print picking tickets, packing slips and return forms, and mark items as shipped. The accounting clerk will then get a reminder of processed shipments and can quickly generate invoices or process credit cards. When shipments arrive at a business, they can easily be matched up against open purchase orders or return authorisations and entered into inventory.
"Our service is unique because all of the components of the Oracle Small Business Suite work together seamlessly in one application, minimizing inefficient re-entry of data, and providing owners with a complete view of their business," said Evan Goldberg, president and CEO of NetLedger. "We can now extend this unprecedented level of integration to third-party applications to further enhance the efficiencies that automation can bring to small and medium-sized businesses."
New NetLedger partners using the integration technologies to increase the value of their applications include:
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