Tech Pac backs XML bandwagon

Tech Pacific has thrown its weight behind the XML bandwagon, explaining to resellers at its e-commerce roadshow in Sydney today, that his means resellers must upgrade their systems to suit the Website development protocol.

In moving its popular TechLink site to XML in the New Year, Tech Pac e-commerce manager Anne Mossman told resellers XML will negate the need to transfer data files once a day via email or FTP. XML will also allow Tech Pac to provide a significant amount of customisation to the site.

"We really do see the future as being in XML," she said.

However, the catch for resellers is that thy will be expected to implement an enterprise application integration (EAI) software layer on their servers to achieve full compatibility.

Tech Pacific itself is moving to implement its own EAI software, choosing Microsoft's BizTalk application that's emerged under its .NET strategy.

Tech Pac said its popular TechLink web site remains at the core of the distributor's e-commerce strategy with commitments to spend up to $1 million per year on the site.

New enhancements include email subscriptions, backorder status, order acknowledgement, credit status, advance shipping notice and invoice copy. Importantly, the site is moving to implement track and trace with its carriers.

Other features on the list for addition in the New Year include content standardisation with other suppliers and vendor sites, business process standardisation, and the establishment of business rules for online transactions. This includes setting pricing tolerances, product status acceptances, delivery rules and freight management features.www.techpac.com.au

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