MAS 90 and MAS 200 e-Business Manager

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MAS 90 and MAS 200 e-Business Manager
Frequently Asked Questions

When someone is on my Web site inquiring or ordering, does it count as a user
license for pricing purposes?
No. User licenses are only applicable when someone logs into MAS 90 or MAS 200
as a normal user. Anyone logging on to the Web site has no effect on the MAS 90
or MAS 200 user license count.
How is security addressed? What are the components of it?
The ISAPI plug-in was developed for Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS).
This plug-in redirects requests to the Web Engine running behind a firewall. This
structure provides secure socket layer (SSL) and firewall configurations to enable
adequate security in a properly configured environment.
Does Best Software guarantee security for all transactions across the Internet?
With a properly configured firewall, e-Business Manager should be secure.
However, nothing on the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We
recommend that you work with an expert in this field to ensure that your firewall
setup is as secure as possible.
Can IIS for the Web site handle other tasks or applications?
The IIS server is able to handle other tasks or applications depending upon the
size and configuration of the server, and the level of activity on the Web site.
Are there passwords to give permission to place orders, make inquiries, etc.?
Yes. Your MAS 90 or MAS 200 system administrator has the ability to set user
security. There can be two types of Web users. The supervisor level can add,
deactivate and modify any user record set up for their customer number. The user
level can view their own record and change their own password. They are also
able to perform the functions setup for them by their supervisor, including the
ability to view records and place shopping cart orders.
Is business partner training required? Where is it being offered?
Training is required before a business partner can be authorized to sell the MAS 90
and MAS 200 e-Business Manager module. Training is offered at Best Software in
Irvine, Calif., and at several select Best Authorized Training Centers (ATCs). An
assessment test is given at the end of the e-Business Manager class. This must be
passed prior to receiving authorization to sell and support e-Business Manager.
The attendee must pass the following Microsoft exams prior to attending the IT
class at Best. Select either the Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 track:

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Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Installing, Configuring and Administering
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
(Exam 70-215, Course 2152)
Implementing and Supporting Microsoft
Windows NT Server 4.0
(Exam 70-067, Course 803)
Implementing and Administering a
Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
Infrastructure
(Exam 70-216, Course 2153)
Internetworking with Microsoft TCP/IP on
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 (Exam
70-059, Course 688)


Implementing and Supporting Microsoft
Information on Server 4.0
(Exam 70-087, Course 936)
Please review the e-Business Manager Authorization Requirements available on the
Partner File Center.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using an Internet service provider
(ISP)?
The ISP advantages include handling the majority of all setup for the firewall, IIS
server and dedicated line. They are also responsible for maintenance of the IIS
server. The ISP disadvantages are minor — but involve working within the
framework of the ISP, and not having 100% control over your IIS server.
Is source code available for Master Developers (MDs)?
MD source code is available for all e-Business Manager programs, unless the
programs are based on Library Master (LM) source code. Standard e-Business
Manager programs are always prefixed with “IWW.” LM-based e-Business Manager
programs are available to MDs who are licensed for LM source code.
Is there a limitation on concurrent users accessing my Web site?
There is no limit on users that can access your Web site at any time. The only
limitation is performance, which is based on your bandwidth and hardware.
Is e-Business Manager modularized? What are the modules?
Yes. The application has been designed so that more functionality can easily be
plugged in later in the form of applets or mini-modules of functionality that are
controlled by the overall e-Business Manager system—similar to the way the
MAS 90 and MAS 200 Library Master module controls the other accounting
applications today. Currently there are three applets — .inquiry, .store and .order.
A user may purchase one or more applets in addition to the e-Business Manager
module. The Credit Card Processing module may also be purchased and used in
conjunction with the .store and .order modules for receiving and authorizing
credit card payments online.
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When will additional applets be available, and what will they be for?
While no official date has been set, additional applets should be available in 2001
and may include field sales operations and vendor purchasing.
Why isn’t e-Business Manager using Microsoft’s Site Server?
Best wanted to make e-Business Manager a solution that was easily and
inexpensively implemented. While Microsoft Site Server is an excellent solution,
it would require additional software, hardware and consulting hours that e-
Business Manager does not require. The e-Business Manager module is an excellent
solution that allows MAS 90 or MAS 200 users to implement an e-commerce
solution almost “out of the box.”
Will e-Business Manager work with all MAS 90 or MAS 200 platforms
(Windows NT, Novell, SCO OpenServer, SCO UnixWare

and IBM AIX)?
Currently, e-Business Manager functions with MAS 90 for Windows operating on
the Windows NT platform, and MAS 200. The only Web server supported at this
time is Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS). Note that regardless of the
operating system on which MAS 90 or MAS 200 resides, the MAS 90 or MAS 200
Web Engine must also be running on a Windows NT or 2000 server. Please review
the MAS 90 and MAS 200 e-Business Manager Technology White Paper for additional
information and clarification, or view it on our Web site at:
www.bestsoftwareinc.com/mas90/pdf
, and scroll down to the white paper section.
E-Business Manager for MAS 200 for SQL Server was released in June 2001.
Will I be able to use e-Business Manager for Internet business-to-consumer
functions?
The .store applet is designed to facilitate business-to-consumer e-commerce.
In order to run MAS 200 Client/Server through a Virtual Private Network or
intranet environment, do I need to purchase e-Business Manager?
No you don’t. You just need to be running MAS 200 Client/Server v3.31 or above.
How does e-Business Manager compare to EDI?
The e-Business Manager module is a browser-based e-commerce solution.
E-commerce can be defined as conducting business online. This includes buying
and selling products via electronic data interchange (EDI). EDI is the transfer of
data between different companies using networks, such as the Internet. As more
and more companies get connected to the Internet, EDI is becoming increasingly
important as an easy mechanism for companies to buy, sell and trade
information.
How will e-Business Manager work with Crystal Web Reports?
At this time, e-Business Manager does not interface with Crystal Web Reports.
Currently, no reports are available from the Web site.
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What are the hardware and software requirements for e-Business Manager?
MAS 90 and MAS 200 Web Engine:

 Pentium processor running 166 MHz or faster
 Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 5/Windows 2000 Server
 128 MB RAM
(Requirements change as your Web traffic increases. To achieve better
performance, users may need to upgrade to faster processors or add additional
RAM. Consult an authorized MAS 90 and MAS 200 reseller and/or Microsoft
certified solution provider for a list of requirements based on your individual
needs. Depending upon how much activity is expected on the server, the Web
Engine can be the same machine on which MAS 90 and MAS 200 currently runs.)
Microsoft IIS Server:

 Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 5/Windows 2000 Server
 Internet Information Server 4.0 (from Windows NT Option Pack)/Internet
Information Server 5 for Windows 2000 Server
 Refer to IIS documentation for additional requirements. No additional
resources required to run the ISAPI plug-in. (Not required if hosting your Web
site through an ISP.)
Supported Browsers:

 Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or higher
 Netscape 4.06 or higher
Can users modify their Web pages?
Yes, end-users have the ability to modify their Web pages.
Do they need to know HTML, or hire a Web page designer to modify them?
Certain elements of the Web pages (such as fonts and colors) can be set up as style
sheets that can be modified using a style sheet editor. This requires no knowledge
of HTML. Users can easily change colors and fonts, and specify images to be
included on the Web pages. However, if users wish to actually edit content on the
page, they need to know HTML or work with someone who does.
Does the customer need to be set up in MAS 90 or MAS 200 in order to use the
.order and .inquiry applets?
For the .order applet, each customer will need to be set up in the Accounts
Receivable customer masterfile, and assigned a Web login and password. For the
.store applet, anonymous users can log on and place orders.
What do customers need to use the e-Business Manager module?
All they need is a Web browser, the Web site address, and their login and
password, if required.
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Does MAS 90 or MAS 200 need to be running for people to enter orders into
e-Business Manager?
No. However, IIS and the MAS 90 or MAS 200 Web Engine do
have to be running.
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Is e-Business Manager available?
E-Business Manager started shipping in September 1999. Suggested list pricing is
shown below.
Suggested List Prices
e-Business Manager system module $3,000
e-Business Manager applets (each) $1,000
e-Business Manager (two applet) bundle $4,500
(Price includes system module and two applets)
e-Business Manager (three applet) bundle $5,250
(Price includes system module and all applets)