Moving Inter-company Data
Posted on 2013-05-24
I have data that I need to move between a local company and an overseas company to avoid creating excel spread sheets which is duplication of work. The data refers to new orders placed by the local company (data has container fields ,.jpg) the o/seas company to make comments and return data to Local co. this process continues until all queries are concluded and t5he orders are confirmed.
The Local and O/Seas companies both have Filemaker Pro 11 installed.
I have a data set which is identified by, in this case a unique Order Number .
At the moment I have script to collect specific data sets and export the contents in .fp7 to a fixed location on the network.
Once the data is exported ,the next script step will email an .fp7 attachment to the recipient in the o/seas company who will in turn , import the data into a matching db .
The recipient is restricted to one field for comment. The rest of the data remains unchanged. They will repeat the process and return the data to the local co. where this data set is imported back into the original db. Comments and amendments are again made by the local company and the same data set follows the same process as before top the o/seas company until the orders are confirmed.
I have done some tests and seems like it will work but seems a bit longwinded and I did at the moment I do not know of another way that will be more efficient.
Is there another way that this can be done ?
I do have FM Server 11...but have not used the PHP facility and before I go into setting this up I would also like to have an opinion if this will indeed serve my purposes.
I have many more instances where I would like to implement a safe data interchange system
Any ideas will be welcome.