Government Case Study
The chief goal of the Multi-State E-Mall is to buy en masse products
and supplies associated with maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO)
goods and supplies. In its pilot phase, the E-Mall’s current
roster of tenants included Idaho, Massachusetts, New York, South
Dakota, Texas, and Utah. More are expected to join as the initiative
Fisher Towne and Associates’ role in the E-Mall involved creating
OBI-compliant electronic catalogs for suppliers who are contracted
to sell qualified products to participating state governments.
Government agencies can then browse these secure catalogs on the
Internet and place orders electronically.
Fisher Towne & Associates’ Electronic Commerce Division worked
with businesses of all sizes to identify challenges and develop
creative Internet, intranet, and extranet solutions. For most,
Fisher Towne created OBI-compliant, Internet-based e-catalogs. State
buyers were then able to place orders online and forward them to
suppliers for fulfillment.
Online communication between Multi-State E-Mall customers and
merchants was kept confidential via Secure Socket Layers (SSLs).
FTA used the following technologies to complete this project:
• Allaire Cold Fusion
• Microsoft Visual FoxPro
• Secure Socket Layers (SSL)