Designed for Today's Business Environment
Global's UNISON product is the most feature-rich Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system available to publishers today. UNISON's open architecture is designed to allow expansion and scalability as technology and business needs change. It has the flexibility to support multiple hardware platforms, multiple database systems and numerous third-party
UNISON employs open standards. This means that customers may easily access their data from any product that uses standard tools such as Structured Query Language (SQL), Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Our solution can be implemented using all Windows servers or a combination of Windows and UNIX servers.
The functional fit certainly should be a main concern when evaluating software packages. Besides the functional fit, the vendor you choose should also have a stable, but leading-edge technology in order to protect the investment. Global presently has clients on three generations of our Publishing solutions. We clearly have demonstrated a track record of success. Each one of our solutions has been leading-edge solutions in their time. This is certainly the case with our current
The bottom line is that UNISON works through the rigors of client proven rugged work environments. We are continually staying current with technology.
Open System Model
The software architecture consists of four independent layers which can be assembled in any combination without affecting the application software. This flexibility offers clients the maximum hedge against technical obsolescence, as well as the desired ability to meet the challenges of rapid up or downsizing. It also provides the tools to economically accommodate changing industry and functionality requirements.
FOUR KEY LAYERS
Character or 32bit n-tiered Client/Server
Client/Server for Query and Reporting
Database Layer (Relational Database)
Oracle 7, Microsoft SQL Server
Unify VISION 4GL ToolSet using CORBA objects
Support for Mixed Host and Client/Server Environments
Client/Server Operating Environment
PC or Terminal to Host Character Mode
32 bit n-tiered Client/Server environment (Web browser
Windows Application server(s)
UNIX or Windows 2000 Database server(s)
Long product life-cycle
Protection from obsolescence by using modular components model
Ability to tailor the right solution for each client
Deployment can be tailored to the needs of any size organization
Allocate the processing load across any number of servers
Failover control between servers for business critical processing
Currently deployed on IBM, Sun, Linux and HP UNIX Servers
Compatible with any UNIX compliant server
Clients can be Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows , or any Java capable computer (Mac, Linux, etc.)
Industry-accepted fourth generation language
Logical evolution to true client/server
Multi-Session Capabilities on both terminal and Windows-based clients simultaneously
Unifys VISION toolset is an enterprise solution for application management in the Graphic User Interface environment. The entire VISION solution includes an application management service module that allows configuration of the GUI environment. This includes the management of distributed code to client, application processing across multiple servers, and the management of database work across multiple servers. This can include complete fault tolerance and redistribution of the workload in the case of a server
Complete Development Environment
The VISION Development System is a combination of software tools designed for the cost-effective development of mission-critical client/server applications. The system includes powerful components, which dramatically reduce the time required for application development and maintenance.
All programs written in VISION use true OOP structures like object inheritance and base-classing. The modular architecture of ACCELL/SQL and VISION combines an application generator, fourth generation language and interactive debugger with an ANSI standard database interface and network connectivity components. Developers gain the collective benefit of powerful, productive tools and proven database technology, all at an affordable price. In addition, applications are portable across the industry's leading hardware platforms, databases, user interfaces and client/server networking environments.
Rapid Application Development
Using the VISION application generator to create forms, developers can either paint a screen from scratch or use an automatically-created default form. Prototyping with default forms can reduce development time by 50 percent when compared to standalone 4GL products.
With Unifys 4GL "programming by exception" feature, developers can use the application generator to create the majority of the application without coding, and use the 4GL to complete only the most sophisticated features.
Through Unifys powerful 4GL, logic can be added to a form quickly and easily, building intelligence into the application. Developers can incorporate sophisticated control logic and computational power without the use of a third generation language.
Sophisticated Programming Features
The 4GL offers developers a full range of powerful programming features, supporting more than 250 4GL statements, data types and functions:
- Object Oriented Base Classification
By supporting both text and binary data types, Unifys 4GL manipulates text and processes graphics, sound and other binary objects in the application. Global variables can be defined in the
master form script for use throughout the application, simplifying data passing and allowing forms to interact easily through the 4GL scripts.
- ANSI SQL statements
- Text and binary data types
- Zoom functionality
- Global functions and access to C routines, if desired
- Dynamic SQL code generation
Unifys 4GL supports bothone-dimensional (LIST) and two-dimensional (MATRIX) arrays, reducing coding and improving application performance. A single statement can bring powerful ZoomView functionality to the application, increasing user productivity and reducing data entry errors.
Flexible Development Environment
With the VISION or ACCELL/SQL Development System, developers can either use the powerful integrated development environment or take full advantage of external development tools such as source code control systems, "make" utilities, editors or menu-driven development environments -- gaining immediate productivity without time-consuming retraining.
Whether you choose
Oracle Server or MS SQL Server, you will receive unprecedented ease-of-use with the proven power and performance of industry-leading technology. Pre-tuned and pre-configured for today's dynamic workgroup environments,
the UNISON database includes a fully integrated set of easy-to-use management tools. Replication and Distributed Data Access allow users to share relational data across applications and
Scalability for Future Growth
Based on a scalable architecture, the UNISON database server reduces deployment costs while leveraging the broadest range of hardware. From single-server environments for small businesses to highly distributed branch environments,
the UNISON database server includes all the facilities necessary to build business-critical applications, ensure efficient and reliable data access, and
effectively manage corporate data. Because the same UNISON code base runs on any system from laptop to parallel systems, applications and data scale
Easy to Use
the UNISON database server incorporates ease-of-use features that make it ideal for distributed computing environments. An intuitive install procedure provides all that is needed to get a pre-tuned and pre-configured
database server up and running. The fully integrated, graphical Oracle or SQL
Server Enterprise Manager allows administrators to perform complex management tasks with point and click ease. The combined power and simplicity allows any administrator, from part-time to expert, to manage the
UNISON database server, freeing up time for other
UNISON takes full advantage of state-of-the-art features like rollback, stored procedures and triggers. UNISON was designed from the beginning for RDBMS
Key Technical Features
Globals eUNISON eCommerce APIs allow you to connect your intranet, extranet or shopping cart system directly to the business logic (not just the database) of the UNISON System. There are APIs that enable such things as adding lines to an order, adding a shipping address, confirming authorization, checking a price, placing the order and more.
The list of APIs keeps growing. All of this is done with customer-specific discounting structures taken into account. Orders placed via a website using the eUNISON APIs look like orders taken by your order-entry operators, allowing a smaller call center and more information at your customers fingertips.
Scalable SMP performance
Shared database buffer, SQL and dictionary caches
Multiple, read-only snapshots
Full transactional consistency and data integrity
Full and subset table replication
Incremental refresh of snapshot copies
Event and demand based refresh
On-line backup by file, table space, or database
Dynamic and automatic resizing of database files
Concurrency Control / Reliable Results
Unrestricted row-level locking
No lock escalation
Non-blocking, multi-version read-consistent query results
Distributed Queries and Transactions
Transparent distributed query and update
Transparent two-phase commit
Distributed, optimized joins
Location and network transparency
Data Security Choice of internal or external user authentication
Fine-grained database privileges
Hierarchical role-based security for group-level access control
Read-only table space