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.:
speed of Internet cannot be controlled and maintained at a high
throughput rate the entire time.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
network “Net within the net”
• Integrated internet
• Connection to different networks
• Connecting different applications
Computer-independent configuration ERP network “Net within
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.
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
provided by xeNet browser, like mailbox, can be integrated in
Workflows can be defined to control
activities of user groups. The access control can be maintained
via xeNet browser for users and applications.
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
to different networks
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
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.
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!”