Bob's World about xeNet

  

Applications running on and over the Internet have three major disadvantages, which are relevant to customers and users, in comparison with high-end client/server applications, like SAP R/3, Oracle Applications, SSA ERP LN 6.1, etc.:

  1. Line speed of Internet cannot be controlled and maintained at a high throughput rate the entire time.

  2. The database access and response time is controlled by the database vendor and is hardly to be influenced and optimized for BOB’S_WORLD by the database vendor, respectively.

  3. The standard browsers (Internet Explorer, etc.) are changed and updated at very short cycles. In this section we discuss BOB’S_BROWSER. The other sections are discussed in Environment and BOB’S_DATABASE.

The commercial standard browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox Morzilla, Opera, and Google Chrome, etc.) provide only the service to run BOB’S_WORLD as a stand-alone application. There is no integration of BOB’S_WORLD to the Internet, to other applications, or to any user running BOB’S_WORLD on a different computer.
To overcome these limitations and to offer the entire variety of services the Internet does provide, a different browser – more intelligent and integrated – has to be used. The name of the browser is xeDesk. xeDesk has been developed by the company xebax Ltd. from Berlin, Germany. xeDesk connects heterogeneous IT environments into one unified platform.




The Idea

Already in the 90s, American Internet experts had the thought to regard the Internet as a global network of computers with distributed applications, which can be dynamically connected depending on the requirements. The precondition for that are new technologies and new principles of organization. The existing organization’s structures of the Internet (TCP/IP, DNS) have to be replaced by a new understanding of the net.
Content-related structures give users the possibility to access precisely services. By grouping users, services and knowledge-based information can be integrated. By using a standardized user front-end (GUI), all net users can be united under one roof.
Enterprises can exchange data and information in real-time, sending messages and benefit from a common process platform.
The success of an enterprise depends today on highly integrated networking with customers and suppliers.
The BOB’S_WORLD company has identified a variety of services so far, which are important to ERP in general, but neither provided by standard browsers nor by ERP systems. The demand is not new, but it has not been provided yet before xeNet entered the market this year.
xeNet follows the slogan “Think global, act local. ”The services, to be discussed in more detail by providing examples, are the following:


ERP network “Net within the net”

• Integrated internet service
• Connection to different networks
• Firewall
• Connecting different applications
• Computer-independent configuration ERP network “Net within the net!”

xeNet is a virtual intelligent network, which is put computer-based on the physical Internet. This universal “net-in-net” technology is the basis for providing enduring and future-oriented services. One of the most important requirements on enterprises today is comprehensive networking with customers, suppliers, and business partner.
This requires that processes are mapped digitally. All relevant information are available electronically, processable, and distributable. Every partner in the ERP network is visible. Tasks can be assigned real-time. Information and data can be exchanged within the ERP network between all users at real-time speed.

Integrated internet service

The services provided by xeNet browser, like mailbox, can be integrated in BOB’_WORLD.
Workflows can be defined to control activities of user groups. The access control can be maintained via xeNet browser for users and applications.

The global office

“Next door to each company” becomes reality. Customers, suppliers, business partners, and employees are managed by the xeDesk browser. With the xeDesk browser the ERP network is defined. There are not limitations to location. Any member of the ERP network can be located anywhere in the world.
The xeNet browser saves indeed costly efforts (VPN, PPP, etc.) to maintain a virtual network.

Connection to different networks

xeNet provides access to different networks providing different services. It is not necessary anymore to maintain all required services internally. Any service provided by any company can be integrated in the xeDesk browser. This, for instance, also applies to EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) messages. The Odette File Transfer Protocol (OFTP) is a protocol used for sending and receiving EDI messages between two communications business partners. It comes from the Odette-Organisation (Organization for data exchange by teletransmission in Europe).
With the xeDesk browser, this relationship between two business partners can be established without OFTP.

Firewall

It is not necessary anymore to run some ERP processes on application servers before the firewall to give customers (COE = Customer Order Entry), suppliers (VMI = Vendor Managed Inventory), business partners (external consultants), and employees (sales people) access to some ERP applications and data.
Through the xeDesk browser, an enterprise can establish and allow controlled access to the ERP network directly. There is no need to maintain applications and data on two servers anymore, which is slow and costly. xeNet acts in this case like a firewall allowing only dedicated users to access the ERP network.
Connecting different applications
The xeDesk browser can also connect different applications and function as a so-called middleware to exchange data and information in predefined standard formats, like XML. Data can be distributed between applications in a scheduled sequence, scheduled reports can be sent specific users also in a scheduled manner. Computer-independent configuration The xeNet browser is completely independent from the computer on which it is run by a specific user. The user configures his personal xeDesk browser to his or her specific needs and this configuration is always retrieved for the user independent of time and location or the hardware used.

The global office comes to the user!”