eTMS Technology Architecture
Tadcon’s Oracle based architecture provides the foundation for our enterprise software. eTMS was developed from the ground up using Oracle Case Method supported by the Oracle Designer Suite computer aided software engineering tools. Implementation using Oracle’s enterprise database ensures the product is scalable for even the largest organizations.
TMS is designed as a Windows based Oracle client/server application using Oracle 10g Designer/Developer tools. The Oracle Application Server (10g IAS) allows the application to be deployed in a three-tier architecture using thin clients while a client server implementation.
TMS uses the forms 10g listener servlet. The Forms Listener Servlet is a Java servlet introduced in Forms6i patch 4 that improves upon the functionality of the Forms Listener and HTTPS.
The Forms Listener Servlet requires the Oracle 10g Application Server. The Forms Listener Servlet manages:
- The creation of a Forms Server Runtime process for each client
- Network communications between the client and its associated Forms Server
- Run time process
In this scenario, the client sends HTTP requests and receives HTTP responses from the web server process. Because the web server acts as the network endpoint for the client, the other server machines and ports are no longer exposed at the firewall.
The technology used to accomplish this is identical to what Oracle Corporation is using to deploy part of their Oracle Financials (version 11) over the web.
Since TMS was originally developed to exploit some of the more sophisticated features of Oracle tools (i.e. OLE Objects, Microsoft help) functionality is slightly different in Web Deployment in that OLE objects and Microsoft help are not available and are replaced by URL references. The standard Microsoft Help is replaced with HTML based help for Web deployed TMS.
eTMS functionality covers tool room control, tool reservations and planning, calibration management for precision tools, tool procurement, specification management, and tool inventory management.
eTMS is uses an Oracle based open architecture to facilitate integration with other enterprise software products. We also offer out-of-the-box integration with partners such as Indus.
New Release of eTMS
TMS version 5.0 has been released!
There are several new features in version 5.0 but the major change is the hosting environment.
eTMS has been migrated to Oracle Forms and Reports 12C (version 184.108.40.206) in Oracle Weblogic.
Many new features have been added to the base functionality. A complete Document transmittal and archiving system has been added as well as an enhanced Inventory function.
In this version the user has the option of saving documents in their native format in the database as opposed to an operating system file.
There are many other new features too numerous to mention.