CargoNet is an off the shelf ERP package which has almost all the features required for the Supply Chain management System. However ICT provides the option of Customizing the Web based ERP for your specific requirements. No matter how simple or how complex your requirement is, CargoNet can be tailor made to match all your application requirements. ICT can do customization of the software at various levels. We can do the
1. Customization at the Presentation Layer
Customization at the Presentation Layer
2. Customization at the Business Logic layer
3. Customization at the Database Layer
First of let us try to understand what Presentation Layer is then we will see how ICT can Customize CargoNet at the presentation layer for your specific requirements. Once you get this powerful application tailor made at the presentation layer you will soon experience the efficiency of your employees shot up by 70-80%.
The Presentation Layer of CargoNet is composed of two components.
User Interface Components
- User Interface Components
- Presentation Logic Components
These are the application's visual elements used to display information to the user and accept user input. For example you are Entering Job details. One of the first data you key in is the Shipper name. AS you start typing the first few characters, a drop down list is displayed from which you can select the Shipper name easily. This simplifies and quickens your Data Entry. CargoNet uses Ajax Technology very effectively to make your life simple and satisfied. Similarly there are other Tools like Auto emailing and Auto SMS by which you can instantly communicate with your customers, Liners, Agents etc from within your Data Entry Screens. You can quickly send across shipment status, Invoice Status and other details in real Time. This will help in boosting your Customer relations further. Here is a list of the various Tools in CargoNet at the presentation Layer.
Presentation Logic Components
- Auto emailing (Uses Advanced e-mailing technology)
- Auto SMS (Uses Advanced Communication technology)
- Auto Complete (Uses Ajax technology)
- Auto Calculations (Uses Computational Technology)
The CargoNet Presentation Logic has a simple approach. What to present and How to Present, What to hide and from whom to hide. Not clear? Let us see how. For example your finance department has a system that every critical voucher that is raised should be approved by the Account Head before printing or taken for further processing. In CargoNet we can add an Approval Button for the Account Head login in the Voucher screen. However this button should not be visible to a data Entry person. CargoNet uses This Logic to present and hide Data and User Controls depending upon the Rights and Permissions. Similarly you can raise the House Bill of Lading from within the Job by just clicking a button. This Logic Reduces the Burden of Repeated Data Entry completely. Data Import from Job into Invoices, Pre-Alert and Master BL etc is another typical example of using the presentation Logic to create components to increase your Data Entry Speed and Efficiency.
The presentation layer of CargoNet contains the components that implement and display the user interface and manage user interaction. This layer includes controls for user input and display, in addition to components that organize user interaction. Let us for example consider the CargoNet Data Entry screens.
CargoNet has inbuilt technology and the Tools we use simplifies your Data Entry job a lot easier, faster and efficient. By customizing these User friendly screens to suit your kind of Data Entry and Data Viewing and Reporting CargoNet lets you capture more data in less time. To summarize here is a List of Logic based Components and Tools of CargoNet
Customization at the Business Logic layer
- Component Display and Hiding (Uses Data Encapsulation technology)
- House BL from within Job(Uses Data Export technology)
- Data collection from job into Invoices Pre-Alert etc (Uses Data Import Technology)
Before we proceed, it’s highly important to understand the concept of Business Logic Layer in Logistics. It will help you to understand how the CargoNet Business Layer fits into your typical requirement, the components it contains, and the key benefits you get by our Business Logic Layer Customization.
CargoNet Business Logic Layer Components are typically used for Retrieval, Processing, Transformation and management of Application Data. CargoNet divides these components into two sections
- Business Workflow Components
- Business Entity Components
Cargo Net’s Business Layer is about how your data is processed after taking input from you through the various Data Entry screens. You will be Entering data at the operational Level. Then CargoNet uses this data to perform a business process.
CargoNet by default has an internal workflow system which performs calculations like Container Loading plan, Volume Weight and Charge Weight calculations etc. This workflow also helps in separating Collect and prepaid shipments, channelize the Data accordingly for Local and Overseas Voucher generation.
There are a host of such Business Layer processes in CargoNet. After having implemented CargoNet we can customize the Data Flow and Calculations as per your requirements For example your company rule may say that before generating the House Bill of Lading from the Job it is mandatory job entry validated by the Operations Head and only after he gives a consent the House BL can be generated. Then ICT can incorporate that Business rule into your CargoNet Customization. This is one of the very simple Customization we are referring to. The other complex calculations may include customized calculations of Warehousing charges based on your criteria, Inventory Management Calculations etc. CargoNet Business workflow components define and coordinate such long running, multistep business processes, and can be customized easily to match your requirements.
The ICT team works with your team effectively to evaluate your Customization needs by the following steps
Customization at the Database layer
- Analyze your unique workflow
- List your Output requirements based on the Analysis
- Decide on the best method of implementing your workflow in the System
- Customize the Business Components to suit your needs
- Test and Implement the Customized workflow
Here we describe the key guidelines for designing the data layer of CargoNet. It will help you to understand how the CargoNet Database Layer Customization fits into your organizations requirement of Data Handling Data Security.
At the Database Layer CargoNet implements two vital components
Data Access Components
- Data Access Components
- Service Components
These components centralize the Data Capturing process which makes your Data available instantly across your branches and Head office. This Layer also prevents unauthorized access of your Data by other users and External elements by restricting accessibility at various levels. ICT Technical team will study your organizational needs to access and restrict Data and accordingly Customize the process to suit your requirement. For example you may want the branch consolidated data to be available only select users. ICT can customize the Data Access Components accordingly.
ICT can customize the Service components enabling you to quickly export and import data into or from another database format. For example You may decide to use only the Operational level of CargoNet and want this Data to be exported to your own Custom made Finance package. ICT can Customize Data Export into your Applications Database as per your format. In some cases you may be using customized software for your Warehouse management. You want CargoNet to capture some vital Data from that application for further processing. ICT can effectively Customize Cargo Net’s Database Layer components to import Data quickly from that database.
Modularity of Customization
When ICT customizes your CargoNet application in one module it will have practically no impact on the working of other modules. The Customization is modular and independent of other modules. So you can remove this fear from your mind completely.