Apps get down to global business
||To catch a thief
Watching the detectives may be fun on TV, but human detection is 'not very
productive' when it comes to stopping retail theft, according to Steve Winningham,
senior vice president of IT at Virgin Entertainment. At the launch event
for Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2004, Winningham explained how his company
uses technology to help catch employees stealing from the 23 Virgin Megastores
in the U.S.
Book club opens new chapter with conversion
There are definite pluses, including ROI savings, and productivity and performance
gains, in moving legacy Cobol mainframe apps to Microsoft Windows servers, says
Leo Theberge, CIO at a Canadian book club. But there are also pitfalls to be
avoided. Speaking from experience, he offers his counterparts tips on making
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French project manager puts in a word for legacy translation
Totally rewriting legacy logic for Web-enabled applications is risky business, says Gorge Altanirano, project manager for Antargaz, a French supplier of bottled gas for rural home owners and farmers in France. Altanirano, speaking to eADT via phone from France, also has the experience to back up his views. Two years ago, he was given the task of building an order-taking system for the call center that services Antargaz customers. All the business logic for the order processing resided in legacy applications running on IBM AS/400 platforms.
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Architect finds a way to develop in .NET and port to J2EE
Marius Roets, an integration architect at Woolworths Holdings Ltd., runs a Microsoft shop with developers used to working with Visual Studio .NET. The retail chain with 180 stores in South Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, had requirements for building a data monitoring and alerting system with a Sybase enterprise portal and a J2EE application server.
So at the beginning of this year Roets faced the question of 'How can I develop a J2EE application in a Microsoft environment?'
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