Need a DB2 DDL/schema of the ARTS 4.01 Data Model? Would like XML/XSL of ARTS IXRetail POSLog 1.0 and 2.1 formats? Want to quickly integrate your point of sales system to a data industry model or 3rd party application like a merchandising / supply chain program? Check out the WebSphere Message Broker v6.0 Tlog Processor, a free asset for IBM WebSphere Message Broker to quickly integrate your systems.
In addition, IBM has an enhanced ARTS Data Model with 100s of tracked key performance indicators called the Retail Industry Data Model. It is sold as part of the product called IBM Retail Data Warehouse or the product called IBM Retail Business Intelligence.
IBM - IA64: WebSphere Message Broker v6.0 - TLOG Processor The SupportPac is a set of customized WebSphere Message Broker message sets, subflows and flows, stylesheets, and a customized parser, expressly designed to process transaction log (TLog) data from retail stores. Customers and service teams can further customize or extend the SupportPac by modifying the message sets and flows or by re-combining these components in alternative ways.
This SupportPac includes the following features:- Pre-built input SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Message Parser for unpacking TLog messages from stores arriving on an MQ queue. The default configuration of this parser works in synergy with the in-store IBM Retail Store Solutions Data Interchange Facility and either IBM WebSphere MQ or IBM WebSphere MQ Everyplace® (MQe) as the data transport mechanism from the stores. - Pre-built Message Sets for standard messages from IBM Retail Store Solutions 4680-4690 Supermarket Application (SA), IBM 4680-4690 General Sales Application (GSA) and SurePOS™ Application Client/Server Environment for 4690 OS (ACE). - Raw TLog to XML transform (with style sheets), including transform to industry standard ARTS IXRetail POSLog Version 1.0 and 2.1 formats, for SA, GSA, and ACE applications. - Population of IBM DB2® TLog datamart in industry standard Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) Data Model format. This release follows the ARTS 4.01 Data Model. - A batch file interface for subsequent importing of TLog data into Retek™Sales Audit (ReSA) module. - Monitoring of store status and accounting for each message received.[Read More]
Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
One problem with high level reports, just tracking KPIs and not digging into the details is that you may not get the right information to understand how to solve the problem. This article is great on trying to understand why returns happen and may give insight on how to fix it.
Broken Gadgets: Most Returned Gadgets Actually Work Fine, Only About 1% Are BrokenAccording to the consulting firm Accenture, most consumers are idiots and return gadgets not because they're broken, but because they thought they were broken. The overall return rate seems to be hovering around 11% to 20%, with a full 68% of those being returned because they don't "meet customers expectations for some reason." Another 27% of returns are due to buyers remorse, which leaves only 5% to malfunctions. Even if you're taking the higher number, that 20% out of all gadgets get returned, 5% out of that would means only 1% out of all gadget purchases are broken on purchase. Those chances aren't horrible, but they're not spectacular either.[Read More]