Tuesday Feb 19, 2008

Carrefour, GlassFish, Web Services and Microsoft Identity

Carrefour Belgium is now relying on GlassFish to serve as a bridge between an SAP backend system and the company's account synchronization solution. The architecture uses GlassFish's Metro to expose a BAPI (SAP's most used API) as a Web Service. As of this writing, the architecture in production relies on the latest and greatest 9.1 ur1 release which integrates Metro 1.1. NetBeans was used as the IDE to develop the entire code in a record time.

Carrefour Belgium is on track to make more use of the Sun software platform, specifically with the Java CAPS Sun SOA offering which is built on the GlassFish platform.

Make sure you read the full GlassFish questionnaire answered by Julien-Pierre Rousseau of Carrefour Belgium and understand why he calls GlassFish "Easy to use. Offers a short time-to-market, which is good for the business."

Added - Also see the formal Customer Reference Story for Carrefour Belgium, describing their use of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server and Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite.

Monday Jun 04, 2007

Retailer Auchan shops for a better open source application server

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Big retailers face tough challenges. Any disruption to their supply chain can have a big impact on their profits. Also, covering a lot of territory means having information systems which can handle a diverse set of users spread out over many time zones.

Auchan Russia could be the poster child for such challenges. It's a division of one of the world's largest retailers (Auchan had 1.3 billion customers in 2006). And it certainly has no shortage of territory, given that Russia spans two continents and eleven time zones.

Moving off of Oracle application server, Auchan bet on GlassFish for an application used by thousands of users to manage internal collections and promotional activities. It was chosen over JBoss and Geronimo (Open Source was a key criteria) and the existing application migration was minimal. Spring, Hibernate, Struts and Oracle are the main technologies at work with GlassFish. The management console was considered to be "clear and intuitive that can be used even by support staff with minimal training" and the application running without a hitch for months.

Software Architect Guillaume Bilodeau has some very kind words on his experience :

"GlassFish impressed us from the beginning, particularly because of its intuitive web-based management interface. Deploying the existing applications was painless, requiring us only to write simple deployment descriptors; we did not meet any classloading issues."

You'll find much more information in Guillaume's full response to the GlassFish adoption questionnaire. Enjoy!

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