Download/integration capability. With a web browser
solution, there is limited application integration functionality, if the web
application provides any at all. It may be limited to the
ability to download data in one or two common file formats, such as a
Comma Separated Values (.csv) file. The web application may
provide downloads in standard formats such as EDIFACT, RosettaNet XML
or OAGIS XML if the buyer has designed the application so that it can
be used as a bridge solution for suppliers in the process of
developing fully integrated solutions.
The browser should support popular scripting languages such as Java, and should
support HTTPS connections. Examples include Microsoft Internet Explorer,
version 5 or higher, or Netscape Navigator, version 4 or higher.
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
If most of the documents you receive are small, e.g. a few purchase
orders daily with 1 or 2 line items each, a dial-up connection via modem is sufficient.
Most ISPs charge 10-20 Euros/dollars a month. If large files are
expected and will be downloaded, e.g. product data, forecasts, a DSL or other high-speed
connection is recommended.
The operating system needs to
support internet access and web browsing.
If you have not already purchased a
computer, you may to investigate to see which platforms fit your budget
requirements and are most widely supported before making a choice.
Type of modem depends on the
communications method. The most common are dial-up and or DSL,
and generally the Internet Service Provider will provide provide
information on modem hardware, accessories and software requirements.
Often the service and the hardware and software are sold as a bundle.