Open source shopping

By   |  May 27, 2004

South African software development company PhiBlue this week released i-Order, an online ordering, tracking and management tool for retailers in the B2B and B2C market.

Walied Allie, technical director of PhiBlue, says i-Order is based on Java and built on open source technology, meaning there are no costly licence implications. The product is provided free to customers. Allie says PhiBlue earns its revenue from customisation projects, installation costs, training and support. \”The customer chooses which of the services they require of PhiBlue and which are to be executed in-house,\” he says.

Allie says i-Order is scalable, interoperable, and will run on multiple platforms, as well as work together with a number of other Java application servers.

\”The value proposition for clients is that it is fully functional and ready to be deployed,\” says Allie. \”It has a very rich function set from a Web shop point of view, including product catalogues, a well defined interface with payment engines already in place, order management capabilities, catalogue management, the ability to upsell and cross-sell, a quick re-order list, promotions on particular products, and support for multiple catalogues. We are experiencing particular interest from companies for whom the movement of dead or excess stock is a difficulty. i-Order effectively assists with this by offering a simple rules-based facility to promote cross-selling.\”

Allie says any of the rich set of pre-configured features can be turned on or off, depending on what a client wants. The product was developed in accordance with customer demand, and features that have been included were specifically requested by clients.

\”From a total cost of ownership (TCO) point of view, i-Order works out as more cost-effective than similar products, as it is locally developed and can be customised in-house,\” he says. \”Companies that use any other type of licence-based tool with similar capabilities, will find that the cost for i-Order works out lower in the long run.\”

i-Order is freely available through PhiBlue.

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