Compex presents new release

347_3MaskenThe new release 3.47 of the standard software Compex Commerce is available from now on.

The main focus of the developments was on technological changes for improving the performance and load balancing, on automated testing, the optimization of the design and control of business processes as well as on additional business functions.

Web application with 4-tier architecture and Java Web Start technology

The previous thin client is replaced with the Compex Commerce web client. This client is a 100% Java-based and runs on every terminal, a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) may be installed on. The consequent implementation of the 4-tier architecture supports the use of Compex Commerce on JEE 5 / JEE 6 platforms resulting in the front end being platform-independent with the ease of use being the same as with a PC program.

The user runs Compex Commerce on an Internet or Intranet browser using the Java Web Start technology. The administration effort for the installation and update of software-based terminals becomes redundant.

Furthermore, the Compex Commerce portal offers the integration of customers and suppliers into processes or the mobile use of Compex Commerce without any additional administration or programming efforts.

347_Maske2Business Process Management with 2BEE®
and Modell-Driven-Testing

The 2BEE concept for the implementation of the software was extended by Model-Driven Testing (MDT). 2BEE with its Business Process Management tools integrated into the standard software ensures a fully integrated process from the specification to the implementation and documentation up to project management and control. This facilitates planning and controlling software projects in terms of content, time, and budget. The MDT ensures fully automated application testing – with efficient and consistent test quality as well as little resource use. Unwanted side effects in software engineering may be recognized faster. Shorter test times significantly reduce the time to market.

Transparent Business Intelligence in all business processes

The module OBII (Online Business Intelligence Integration) is another part of the BI strategy with the objective to control the modeled business processes within a company on the basis of key performance indicators (KPI). The transparent online integration of the BI information serves for the user to view and to directly process required information. Other decisions are supported by the usual OLAP functions, i.e. reporting including drill-down options. The BI is thus not considered a separate application since it is no longer required to run the BI application with its own user interface and navigation. This results in the operation becoming noticeably more efficient.

Extension of the core processes and business function

The core processes in the business process model offer a number of extensions. Some of the new functions in Compex Commerce that help support the value creation within a trading company, include:

Optimization of purchase and sales prices
In the context of the purchase and sales price simulation, decision support is provided in terms of price policy strategies. Different price strategies serve to simulate the effects of price/condition changes.

Databased Publishing
Another component provides the possibility of Databased Publishing. No longer maintain master data and media data separately. Integrated external graphical software, such as Adobe InDesign® or QuarkXPress® serves to produce flyers, catalogs or price lists etc. on the basis of Master Data Management information provided in Compex Commerce in a cost-efficient manner.

Warehouse management and control
Optimized cross-docking procedures and advanced clearing processes for processing special items ensure a more efficient goods logistics. Graphical control centers visualize the activities in the warehouse, monitor processes, report the variances via follow-up, text message or e-mail and thus ensure controlled procedures. All internal goods flow processes may be executed online on mobile terminals.

Store merchandise management
All store processes may be completely executed online on mobile terminals in parallel to the back-office processes – this includes replenishment planning/ordering, goods receipt, physical inventory, stock-taking/adjustments, shifting, article management and complaints/returns. The data are entered at the source in the sales area, which allows a visual control both of the data on the data entry device as well as of the physical presence of goods. Inventory differences are recognized earlier, correct stocks avoid out of stock situations and result in a better service level.