The purpose of this section is twofold:
- to demonstrate the power of web applications
- to illustrate the spectrum of ByYourSite's
ByYourSite was involved in the development of all or part of
the applications presented below.
We hope that these use cases will help you better understand
how ByYourSite can serve you.
Enterprise Management System (EMS)
Eloquent, Inc. produces web-based rich media events. These
presentations are a combination of classic media such as video,
slides, text and sound which are synchronized with streaming media.
To successfully manage the production of such events, Eloquent
needs to juggle customers' expectations, production teams' requirements
and project delivery processes.
Eloquent built EMS to manage the delivery of events, to manage
employee work load and to report on projects' financial information.
With EMS, employees can keep track of the time spent working on
an event, and a manager can control the status of a project and
anticipate production bottlenecks. With EMS, Eloquent has great
control of its project delivery and of its employee workload.
EMS is an Intranet application that uses Active Server Pages
and Microsoft SQLServer to deliver Internet Explorer 4.0-specific
The following presentation shows only some aspects of EMS
and it concentrates on some of the functionalities that
ByYourSite developed for Eloquent.
Please note that the presentation is HTML-based and thus
keeps its Internet Explorer specificity.
To open a new window with the presentation click
here or on the screen shot on the right.
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Collaborative Publishing (CoPub)
Inc. produces web-based rich media events. See more about
the context in our EMS presentation.
To guarantee them customers' satisfaction Eloquent
built CoPub. CoPub allows the customer to be involved in every
steps of event production.
Here is how Eloquent introduces CoPub:
|"Producing innovative presentations involves
a symbiosis between the
Detail management is easy. You can now
review and edit productions directly via the Web.
||idea person and the media creator. Any
time a production is a collaborative effort, the processes
required to plan, edit, and approve a presentation can
be quite involved. The Eloquent team shares the production
cycle with youensuring insight into the in-house
production process without having to be a rich media
expert. The Eloquent Collaborative Publishing service
lets you inside the editing room.
- See current status of your project
- Coordinate work with a team of reviewers
- View presentations on-line
- Edit transcript text
- Edit transcript links to Web sites or
text reference documents
- Edit metadata (title, author, date etc.)
- Request edits to slides, video, and other
components of your presentation
Because most customers have in-house production
teams, access levels vary from read-only access to complete
control over implementing changes.
Eloquent Collaborative Publishing promises faster production
turnaround, fewer errors, on-line access for your edits,
and a cost-effective and timely way to manage the production
CoPub is an application based on Java Server Pages (JSP) using Bea's
WebLogic application server and Microsoft SQLServer as database.
Due to its Extranet nature, CoPub is supports both Microsoft Internet
Explorer and Netscape Navigator.
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Web site for project management (W4PM)
HILL is one of the biggest project delivery firms in the Uited
States. Its core business is to deliver big engineering projects
such as road, water treatment plant and bridge construction. Typically
such projects involve teams of contractors, and subcontractors,
and the generation of documents that need review and approval.
Such projects also need to meet regulations requirements, and
follow strict deadlines. Communication with the client and competitive
costs are two ways a project manager can win a bid.
To improve communication between the project manager, the client
and the contractor, CH2M HILL developed the W4PM. The W4PM is
a set of web application modules deployed in an Extranet environment
and joined together to meet specific project needs.
|Among the basic modules you will find an
interactive calendar, a file library with upload and download
capabilities, a bulletin board, user-specific access (i.e.
a project manager has different rights than a contractor),
and a task management system. Customization often involves
project-specific information such as contact and project description,
and the addition of modules such as document-specific rights
(limit access to certain documents to a certain group), document
review systems, project financials, web-based Geographic Information
Systems (WebGis) and the integration with other preexisting
CH2M HILL created a template for the W4PM.
It reduces deployment costs and time, and allows the team to concentrate
on project-specific solutions. The CH2M HILL W4PM is an Active
Server Pages application written in VBScript and using SQLServer
Fabrice Caporal was the lead developer and custodian of the W4PM.
Please contact us to set up a demonstration.
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The advent of the Internet brought a new medium for selling products.
The Internet opened your store to the world twenty-four hours
a day, seven days a week, in a very cost effective way.
The basic e-commerce web site is a web application that has a
shopping cart system to let the user shop for more than one product
in a single session, a listing or catalog of the products, a credit
card approval system, and a set of administration pages to manage
the catalog content and the orders.
Advanced e-commerce can become very complex both in terms of
hardware and software. Big e-commerce will add features such as
fail-safe setups, orders and delivery automation, inventory control,
and marketing support.
Many vendors specialize in the production of big e-commerce web
sites, however their solutions tend to be expensive and overblown
when applied to small operations. At ByYourSite we are experienced
in developing small, economical e-commerce solutions.
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Document Review System
Many documents must go through multiple review processes before
the final version can be published. Document review can be time
consuming and difficult to administer. With traditional methods,
it is hard to keep track of all the edit requests and to keep
the rest of the review team informed about the document's status.
Web-based document review can have two goals: collect comments
about the document, and document certification.
||Comment collection is typically implemented
when the public or a large community will be impacted by the
document (i.e. a proposal for building a road). In this situation
the document is divided into sections and published through
web application. Anyone having access to the site can read
the document and submit comments about each specific section.
No edits are done directly to the document. Later, users and
project managers can visit the site and review the various
The document certification process is often more complex. Usually
the document has to follow a preset path before it is approved.
The chief technical officer might need to review and approve the
document before it gets into the hands of the chief executive
officer. The result is that the document will undergo multiple
edits. Because of this the application must give reviewers access
to the most current version of the document, let them edit it,
accept routing alterations, reinforce the approval path, warn
the interested reviewer about the modification, and assure document
version control (ability to review and reverse edits).
The advantages of a web-based document review system are as follows:
- Easy access to the documents
- Centralization of comments and edits
- Immediate publication of suggested changes and comments
- Version control
- Automatically enforced business rules
The document review system can easily be an integral part of
a general purpose file library.
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Project Information Management System (PIMS)
The customer wanted to have a better sense of all the projects
they were involved with at any given time. We needed to develop
a solution that could collect project information and that could
then generate reports.
We developed the Project Information Management System (PIMS)
Intranet-based application written in ASP over SQLServer, client-side
All information is collected in a central database into which
various applications push and pull information.
To collect information, we developed a web-based wizard
application that is used by the project managers. The project
manager must go through a wizard to get a budget for his/her
project. The wizard assures that the information collected
follows a complex set of business rules.
Once the project manager submits the project information, the
budget request has to be routed for approval. To do that, on submittal,
the wizard sends an e-mail warning to gatekeepers who use a custom-made
Outlook form to route the request. Since the approval has to be
done with tools commonly used within the company, and processed
disconnected from the Internet, we developed a Microsoft Outlook
form to pull the information from the database, route the request
via e-mail, and resubmit the approved information back to the
database. The information exchange between the form and the database
are made under the control of the gatekeepers.
To generate reports, we designed a report selector that is accessible
from the Intranet. To limit code change and to increase report
flexibility the report selector is driven by the database, instead
of being hard coded. The user specifies which report and which
filter she wants displayed through the report selector. The parameters
are then passed onto the Crystal Report COM interface to generate
reports "on the fly."
The following demonstrates the wizardry of the PIMS application.
All the server-side codes as well as some functionalites were
Please note that the presentation is HTML-based and thus keeps
its Internet Explorer 4.0 specificity.
On the first page, select "Add" to view the wizard
or "Report" to view the report selector. Once in the
wizard, click on the various navigation buttons and tabs to cycle
through the screens. Experiment and see how the client-side scripts
reenforce some the business logic.
To open a new window withthe presentation click
here or on the above PIMS' screen shot.
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Web-based Questionnaire Generator
A questionnaire is a tool to collect information from respondents
-- both qualitative and quantitative data. It is one of the most
critical stages of a market research survey and is an inexpensive
way to gather data from a potentially large number of respondents.
Often, questionnaires are the only feasible way to reach a number
of reviewers large enough to allow statistical analysis of the
results. Questionnaires are an essential source of information
about your constituency. Standard methods of conducting a questionnaire
are tedious, both for the researcher and for the respondent.
Web-based questionnaires are a great advantage because they are
always accessible to the respondent and can be widely distributed.
The web-based questionnaire generator allows the author to concentrate
on the questionnaire rather than on web-specific issues.
There is no need to reenter all the information for analysis
because all the information collected is stored directly
into a database.
The quality of the data collected is improved, as the web-based
survey is easier on the respondent. Web-based surveys have
advantage of being able to handle logic and thus they can
skip irrelevant questions or pre-fill answers and increase
interactivity. The user can access the web site at their
convenience and answer the questions.
Live results can selectively be shared with the user, and thus
give the respondant an increased sense of being usefull.
ByYourSite is working on such a survey generator, based on ASP,
COM, and either SQLServer or Access. The current version is in
alpha and will soon be available for demonstration.
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