Nebula R&D assists VARs and end-users with new web interfaces
for existing software. There are different kinds of web interfaces including
B2B, B2C, intranet, extranet, internet, devices, browsers, and remote
thick clients. The tools used depend on the needs. Some of the tools used
include XML Web Services, EDI, FlashCONNECT, mv.NET, and ASP.NET. We help
to assess the proper tools and make recommendations to our clients. If
asked to implement the suggestions, we can develop and deploy new interfaces
to-spec, as well as provide follow-up support and enhancements.
- For business systems, B2B, B2C, intranet, and extranet, we may use
DesignBais, FlashCONNECT, ActiveX, ASP.NET (perhaps with mv.NET or PDP.NET),
Java, or Microsoft SmartClient technology.
- For internet users where there is no control over the client environment
we may use FlashCONNECT or ASP.NET (perhaps with mv.NET or PDP.NET).
- For "telnet within a browser", we use AccuTerm for Internet Explorer.
- For animation, audio/music, and more consumer-friendly interfaces,
we integrate MultiValue applications with Shockwave and Flash.
- And for more playful applications, we can integrate Microsoft Agent
with thick and thin clients, allowing MultiValue applications to drive
animated, talking characters as part of their user interface.
Web enablement for B2B and B2C may involve XML
Web Services with SOAP, which
may be done directly from an MV platform, or usually using an intermediary
system to “translate” data between the MV business application and the
What technologies will YOU use?
While HTML pages are the most common "web" interfaces, HTML
is not the only web language. XML is becoming more popular and with XSL
and other stylesheet languages the internet may eventually migrate away
while most people think of tools like FlashCONNECT as an HTML generator,
it is really a connectivity component which happens to export HTML as
one form of output. Nebula R&D can help create HTML-based user
interfaces as well as many others. See examples of FlashCONNECT
using non-HTML technologies, created by Nebula R&D's Tony
What are the thin-client Browser
options? What are the thick-client
Application options? What are the connectivity
options? What options are available for HTTP client inquiries from business
applications? ...interfaces with B2B servers? ...e-mail and FTP to and
from an application?
Since so many technologies can be used, it's important to first identify
your business requirements. Sometimes this includes compliance with management
directives regarding specific technologies to be used in your development.
Often, by knowing your user audience, you will be able to quickly determine
some of the technologies to be used. You must then identify your technical
strengths and weaknesses, to take advantage of internal talent.
We will listen to your requirements, objectives, and concerns, and present
a variety of scenarios to help you with the decisions. If requested, we
can also help to develop the new interfaces based on first hand experience
with every one of the technologies mentioned on these pages.
Don't have a web site? We can provide a full web site hosting solution,
complete with a dynamic interface with your business application, E-mail,
and custom services that can only be offered by providing a secure virtual
server to each of our valuable clients. VARs, offer these services to
your own clients through us!
Nebula R&D provides end-to-end products and services
so you can enhance your existing software to:
- Take orders online.
- Provide customers with online look-ups of order and product status.
- Provide online catalogs with current pricing.
- Automate e-mail updates with customized data for customers and prospects.
- Automate ordering and status update inquiries to suppliers.
- Process credit and debit cards, and perform other payment processing functions,
from your retail POS, office, or online.