Additional modules can be integrated at any time within this tier if required. Each module not only has its individual functional extent but also common characteristics and interfaces. All the modules are based completely on standard internet technologies such as XML/XSL and Java. The data can be accessed via the Technical Access Layer.
The data bank (Data Tier) provides a long-lasting saving of sensitive information data in data banks/file servers.
Furthermore, backup server, USVs, firewall, monitoring, failover server and VPN technologies (RSA, AES, Hash …) come into operation, which guarantees high operation/data security.
Data exchange between ANLOG and external systems is performed via a regulatable integration server. This is in a position to join different systems with one another in a unified way and to perform transformations of different entry and exit formats. The basic technology is XML/XSL, with which it is possible to transmit and further process documents without breaks in the media. Electronic data can be exchanged directly between e.g. ANLOG and SAP.
With this information system, which can be viewed by all participants in the process by internet access, the status of a single part is illustrated exactly, from (e.g.) the SAP order transmitted by the interface to the information system on part no. level up to the final destination, via all intermediate stations (e.g. collection and distribution warehouses). It is possible to follow the status by concretely formulated questions, e.g. inquiry with the detail of order no. + part no. – the system is different from conventional systems in that information can not only be called up at the transmittance level (like with a lot of express service providers) but also down to part no. and/or item no.
Further, scanned in documents can be “attached” to the single part, the consignment or also to the order that goes with it, and these can be viewed and called up permanently via the internet. They can be B/Ls, AWBs, as well as certificates and commercial invoices. In addition to pure software, Project Management can be offered as a process orientated control system with management, communication and co-ordinating tasks that embrace all countries (4PL logistics provider). This is based on orders, which are transmitted with delivery dates. Keeping to the given dates, the optimal and most favorably priced packing and transport variants can be determined – involving the customer’s preferred service provider. (Consolidation of single consignments, if the time schedule allows it etc.). At the same time the transport chain, which is illustrated as an unbroken chain in the information system, is monitored.
A lot is possible with this information system.