PLATFORMS: FormScape runs on Windows NT.
BACKGROUND: Waypoint Integration, Inc., Columbia, Illinois, specializes in difficult systems integration problems for Global 2000 companies and develops transactional systems for organizations of all sizes.
PROBLEM SOLVED: Our client, a distributor of wholesale products, connects to their reseller channel of distribution via a WAN. These resellers use a number of different systems for taking orders; this includes custom UNIX packages, AS/400s with commercial software, and even one that sends orders via EDI (in a file format each night). The Waypoint Integration challenge was: the distributor needed to invoice each reseller directly. Order information was received in a variety of formats, which made the task of invoicing the resellers seem nearly impossible. However, FormScape enabled us to collect this seemingly disparate data by creating unique print queues for the resellers' data format. Each queue process was configured to act only on the data that was relevant to the reseller producing an order, allowing us to invoice the reseller directly. FormScape filtered out extraneous data. Due to FormScape's ability to trigger database changes to an ODBC-compliant database, we were able to log the transaction to our own database, avoiding the need to rekey.
PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: FormScape is a visual, object-driven application development tool for creating, managing, distributing and archiving documents from business applications running on almost any system, e.g., mainframe, UNIX, AS/400 and Windows NT. FormScape operates outside the host environment and, therefore, requires no reprogramming of host applications in order to change the layout, content or destination of document output from these systems.
STRENGTHS: FormScape has three key strengths that make it an especially attractive output management solution: 1) It has the ability to take otherwise rigid and plain data from a wide variety of host sources and remap it into documents that meet your exact formatting requirements. FormScape can distribute this data to printer(s), fax, messaging, archive and/or EDI; 2) FormScape can apply conditional logic on data before it even reaches its output destination, enabling it to make intelligent decisions (conditional routing and distribution) about what is printed on the document and where it is to be output; and 3) It is visual and object-driven-- no scripting required.
WEAKNESSES: FormScape currently does not provide the ability to call ActiveX/OLE objects, developed by Waypoint Integration or others. This would be helpful for those hard to reach problem areas, not solved by FormScape's own suite of objects.
SELECTION CRITERIA: We sought a number of solutions before discovering FormScape; each one lacked the complete solution we found in FormScape. FormScape's built-in, non- invasive integration and visual nature complemented our existing set of software tools and opened a new dimension of solution- based opportunities for client satisfaction. We found the technical staff at AFP Technology particularly knowledgeable in application development, and their pre-sales support was helpful during the selection process.
DELIVERABLES: FormScape outputs documents according to the user's specifications. These typically include all types of company reports and accounting documents such as invoices, statements, purchase orders, etc.
VENDOR SUPPORT: Our experience with AFP Technology has been excellent. The staff at AFP Technology remained very supportive during the pre-implementation phase.
DOCUMENTATION: The documentation is best used as a reference tool in conjunction with the FormScape training provided by AFP Technology. On-line help is readily available.
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