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Title: Dollar Rent A Car


1
Dollar Rent A Car
  • IS 442 Information Resource Management

2
Company Background
  • Dollar Rent A Car is one of the worlds largest
    car rental agencies, with more than 400 locations
    in 26 countries.
  • Its original reservation systema VMS-based
    application known as Quick Key
  • The company currently receives the majority of
    its reservations through Global Distribution
    Systems (GDS) such as Sabre or Apollo, paying a
    fee for each transaction.

3
Two Interfaces into Quick Keys
  • The first an internally-developed EDI interface
    running on a Compaq Alpha server, which parsed
    flat files that were FTPed to Dollar on a daily
    basis by several tour operators.
  • The second dollar.combuilt in 1997 using
    Windows NT Server, CGI, Perl, and an Oracle
    database.
  • It relied on a custom COM component and Compaqs
    TP-Web Connector to interface with the mainframe.

4
Four possible technologies for connecting with
other systems
  • CORBA and the Internet Interoperability ORB
    Protocol (IIOP),
  • Java RMI,
  • DCOM, and
  • Socket programmingbut uncovered significant
    issues with each option.

5
Another solution
  • Microsoft XML Web Services
  • The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
  • Visual Basic for Working Prototype

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  • Dollar decided to upgrade its Web site from
    Windows NT Server to Windows 2000 Server.
  • They also converted the site from CGI and PERL to
    ASP, which enabled them to separate page
    presentation from the applications middle-tier
    business logic.

8
Reuse the program for Mobile Internet
  • Using Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft Mobile
    Internet Toolkit, one developer was able to build
    a solution in just 30 days that supports all
    common mobile devices.

9
The Consensus of Dollars Advanced Technology
Group
  • It would be better to integrate partners through
    dollar.com rather than attempting to connect
    directly to the mainframe.
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