New Zealand software company exo-net is readying the next version of its product, exo-net 6000.
The new release, which ships on October 1, has a "three-tier" architecture as opposed to two, incorporating middleware, which aids its deployment over wide area networks or the internet and delivery via the ASP (application service provider) model, whereby customers rent software over the internet, the company says.
Exo-net head David McKee Wright says five customers have been beta-testing the new version and two ASPs have signed up to distribute it, including Always There, an ASP set up by Eftpos NZ, which is in turn owned by the ANZ bank.
Always There, which specialises in the retail sector, rents exo-net 6000 to food wholesaler Rattrays, where it is used by staff in Auckland, Whangarei, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
Under the three-tier architecture, the database and application processing middleware sit on the ASP side and the client is a Windows application. So while it can be deployed over the web, the product does not rely on browser technology to deliver the user interface or manage business processes. Instead it has a full Windows GUI at the client end which is indistinguishable in look and feel from exo-net’s standard client-server desktop products.
Exo-net, a subsidiary of Australian firm Solution 6, rejected the idea of developing an HTML or browser-only client because it wanted a client that could easily integrate with other Windows functions and applications.
However, McKee Wright says the product can be run in-house and over LANs.
Exo-net customers include Glengarry, Dove Electronics, Asia Online, Total Peripherals Group and Carter Holt HR spin-off Mariner 7.