HP OpenVMS Pearl - Press Release from Independent Liquor Group -

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Dátum: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 10:11:34 -0500
Feladó: Skonetski, Susan <susan.skonetski@hp.com>
Címzett: Skonetski, Susan <susan.skonetski@hp.com>
Tárgy: HP OpenVMS Pearl - Press Release from Independent Liquor 
Group - Australia - OK for Public distribution

Dear Distribution Lists,

Thought you might like this.

Warm Regards,
Sue

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/11/prweb183029.html

Independent Liquor Group PDF Invoice Project 
  Independent Liquor Group (ILG) is a major liquor wholesaler in Sydney.
With the aid of TXT2PDF, we now provide up to six months back invoices
in PDF format on our Web sites. Customers can search for and 
download
the PDF version themselves on a 24x7 basis.

Independent Liquor Group (ILG) is a major liquor wholesaler in Sydney.
We sell about 2.5m cases of wine and spirits each year to pubs and
restaurants. We have sophisticated electronic commerce interfaces and
about 80% of our business comes to us on-line. We use OVMS internally
and Win2000S systems for the Internet.

Although we provide paper invoices with deliveries, and also provide
electronic invoices to our customers, we are still plagued by requests
for copies of back invoices and credit notes from both customers and
suppliers, sometimes going back six months. We used to provide these 
by
fax or e-mail.

With the aid of TXT2PDF, we now provide up to six months back invoices
in PDF format on our Web sites. Customers can search for and 
download
the PDF version themselves on a 24x7 basis. This is better for both of
our customers and us, especially since our customers do business at all
hours of the day and night.

We already had the Web facilities and the text versions of the invoices.
To automate the production of the PDF invoices on OVMS and integrate
them with our Win2000S Web sites took only two man days... the 
hardest
part was the company logo! This project was probably easier for us 
since
the same people have developed both systems. We were able to make 
our
PDF invoices look exactly the same as our paper invoices. See example
below.

We generate our invoices with software we have developed ourselves 
in
house as part of a much larger system. We use a multi-platform
development environment call "Synergy". Synergy evolved from an old
Digital (DEC) language called Dibol that was originally on DEC PDP
computers, but the same code will run unmodified on a host of systems,
including OVMS, Windows, Unix and Linux. In fact, the invoicing software
we use is 25 years old but it still does what we want.

I suppose this simple project illustrates how smart, modern tools like
TXT2PDF can be used to extend the useful life of the legacy systems 
that
are used by many companies in all parts of the world! We now hope to
eventually phase out of printed invoices completely.