- WHY RFGEN?
With our High Availability Distributed Solutions, your operations, no matter how remote, can continue to collect data and process jobs regardless of the connection state to your ERP or other enterprise back-end system.
Whether your manufacturing and warehouse operations are linked across multiple locations, outsourced, or distributed globally, it’s important for your business to remain operational. But these challenging scenarios may make it difficult for you to keep moving inventory, receiving goods, and filling orders around the clock.
More than simple “store and forward” or batch operations, RFgen’s warehouse software employs advanced replication techniques, intelligent queuing and lightly-coupled architecture to help reduce costs while supporting reliable 24-hour data collection.
Inventory management, receiving and shipping are core operations that must continue even if connections to remote enterprise systems are down. Attempting to solve this IT challenge with separate warehouse systems at each location creates a nightmare of complicated interfaces and costly data management projects. Fortunately, RFgen High Availability Distributed solutions can help.
Ordinarily, the RFgen server does not maintain a local copy of transaction data so we’re able to keep ERP updates as close to real-time as possible and there is only one “single source of truth.”
When high availability is required, it’s necessary to manage data and communications differently to ensure updates are properly managed in the event the back-end system is unavailable.
RFgen uses a combination of technologies to keep your remote locations operating and functional when the WAN is down, slow, or the enterprise back-end system is unavailable. First, a local database is created in order to store and manage transaction data while it waits to be sent to the ERP or other back-end system. In addition to a local store, database replication can be used to create a backup, or to synchronize multiple RFgen systems that are all working in a high availability scenario.
RFgen then employs an internal application called the Transaction Manager. This robust queuing mechanism keeps track of the local activity performed and utilizes the replication and database views to bring all of the data together to provide an accurate view to the local user. As soon as the enterprise system becomes available, the Transaction Manager intelligently submits the data.