For the first example, we assume the retailer has multiple systems and applications that maintain inventory availability information. Distribution centers, store systems, and the centralized sales audit and buyer systems all have specialized systems and databases with this information. Our standard components allow you to make this information available, in real-time, throughout the corporate intranet. The following diagram shows how the components might be deployed to accomplish this objective.
With the components deployed in this fashion, a query can originate anywhere, such as an E-Commerce site, a customer service system, or from a store system, and be served by the appropriate server-side system. Web customers, in-store customers, the customer service department, store managers, etc. can all have access to this information, as you determine appropriate.