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Success Story - American Foods Group

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American Foods Group


ERP


Wholesaler


WebSmart PHP, Nexus, Clover

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With or without web experience, BCD's WebSmart helps IBM i companies get to the web with PHP

Systems Analyst Warren Schultz used WebSmart PHP to develop several web applications to simplify file maintenance. A key objective of him was to pass current pricing information to a government server, thus fulfilling a statutory requirement. Since pricing values change weekly, the accounting staff can adjust these values in a browser and have their reports up-to-date in real time as they are automatically transmitted to the government.


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American Foods Group, LLC ranks among the top three privately held meat processors in the U.S. and distributes its products through retail outlets, foodservice vendors and convenience stores. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, AFG employees over 4,000 people. AFG uses PRISM ERP running on the IBM i operating system. In AFG's case, systems analyst Warren Schultz used WebSmart PHP to develop several web applications to simplify file maintenance. Rather than creating custom templates like MWFI's Kudrys, Schultz used the standard program templates included with WebSmart. A key objective of Schultz's is to pass current pricing information to a government server, thus fulfilling a statutory requirement. Since pricing values change weekly, the accounting staff can adjust these values in a browser and have their reports up-to-date in real time as they are automatically transmitted to the government.

Overcoming the differences between RPG and PHP

With 18 years of experience on computers running IBM i OS and its predecessors, Schultz says that, like most developers with his background, his Web skills were somewhat limited. After attending a WebSmart PHP training seminar and reading other materials relating to PHP development he says, "I was able to get off and running in PHP development fairly quickly. The templates and the training were both very helpful."

Schultz also used BCD's browser-based report generator, Clover, and its portal, Nexus, to build a secure system where end users can do quick queries and view reports in a browser in a number of file formats, including Excel spreadsheets. He also developed Inquiry and Lookup screens with both Clover and WebSmart PHP that allow users to filter searches by specific values such as order number or dates.

"In terms of how these applications are accessed, I've set them up as folders or drop down menus within our Nexus Portal," says Schultz. "As long as users have a valid System i user ID they can log in to the portal and access these options based on their profile. In a few instances where users do not have a valid user profile I can grant them access within Nexus," he says.

 

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